Dr. Paul Robinson

Dr. Paul Robinson is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and has specialised in Eating Disorders Psychiatry for some 25 years, working at the Maudsley, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, the Gordon Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital, the Russell Unit and now as an honorary consultant psychiatrist at St Ann’s Hospital in North London.

He promoted the idea of intensive community treatment for eating disorders to minimise the need for hospital care, (Community Treatment of Eating Disorders, Wiley, 2006) and has published a book on Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders (SEED) (Wiley 2009).

His research has been in the role of the stomach in hunger and satiety in eating disorders, the use of email in the treatment of bulimia and, most recently, his interest has been in the use of Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) in the treatment of eating disorders complicated by symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. For 3 years he was a member of the Bariatric Surgery team at the Whittington Hospital.

He is a founder member and former chair of what is now the Faculty of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has been the author of two College Reports on Eating Disorder Services and a guidance document and a book on the management of anorexia nervosa in general hospital settings (MARSIPAN).

He has trained in systemic family therapy and Mentalization Based Therapy and his approach to eating disorders and general psychiatric problems is to make a full medical and psychiatric assessment and then recommend treatment, generally using psychological therapies including family therapy and occasionally medication.

He is a lecturer at University College London, his former medical school, and has recently launched a postgraduate degree course at UCL in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition.

 

Rohit Dhillon

Rohit is a registered in-training member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the BPS division of Counselling Psychology in the UK.

He is currently pursuing his Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University, London and is undertaking doctoral research which explores parent experience when their child has been diagnosed with cancer.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology with Neuroscience at Leicester University in 2011 and then moved to Leamington where he worked as an Assistant Psychologist for Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital. This was where he developed key skills in psychological therapy and psychometric assessments for patients with complex brain and spinal neurological injuries.

Rohit has over 5 years of NHS clinical experience gained in Primary and Secondary Care services, Neurological Rehabilitation and Eating Disorders. He has experience working a wide range of difficulties, including mood disorders and personality disorders.  He is particularly interested in cognitive behavioural work, although through his integrative training, he has also provided comprehensive and coordinated psychodynamic treatment. His strong interest and passion for working with clients presenting with eating disorders developed whilst working as a Trainee Psychologist at Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service.  His work there is so highly valued that he has already secured a post following his full qualification.

Rohit speaks English and Punjabi.

Dr. Katherine Kalinowski

Altum HealthKatherine is a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the BPS as well as the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Katherine comes to us from the United States, where she graduated with an honors degree in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico in 2008. She grew up in the culturally diverse and artistic environment of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she embraced the outdoor lifestyle of the American South-West.

Katherine moved to London in 2008 in order to explore Europe from its doorstep. She soon embraced her lifelong passion for personal growth and empowerment by embarking on the academic and developmental path to a career in Psychology. Following a Masters Degree in child development, Katherine completed her Doctorate at City University.

Katherine has a diverse clinical background including both NHS and private practice within the specialized fields of eating disorder service, substance and alcohol misuse, and the supporting of young people struggling with a variety of complex mental health concerns. Aside from these specialties, she has experience treating anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties and a range of mental health issues with impacting adults, young people, couples and families. Working from an integrative perspective, Katherine focuses on the individual’s needs, tailoring her clinical approach to promote a deepening self-awareness and thereby enhancing the patient’s ability to move towards his or her therapeutic goals. She aims to work collaboratively and from a holistic perspective taping into the client’s innate strengths and developing a compassionate therapeutic relationship. Katherine’s training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including CBT, CBT-E, RO-DBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, and Systemic Therapy guide the development of interventions designed to support the client’s goals both personal and therapeutic.

Katherine is acknowledged by her peers for her ability to build strong therapeutic relationships with clients and coupling her passion for personal growth and wellness with a sense of humor and zest for life.

 

 

Dr. Rhea Williams

Rhea is an HCPC Registered Psychologist, a Chartered  member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology in the UK. She completed a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University, London where she researched therapy experiences of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Rhea currently works in a weight management service at St Marys Hospital Imperial NHS Trust providing psychological support to individuals struggling with their weight. She has also worked at a specialist service for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, as well as the Integrated Psychological therapy team at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. It is there where she developed a strong interest and passion for working with clients presenting with eating disorders. She went on work at The Specialist Eating Disorder Unit at the Maudsley Hospital where she co-facilitated a weekly therapy group.

In addition to her integrative training, Rhea has a special interest in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and worked part time at the St. Thomas Hospital in Westminster with varied mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.

Rhea graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham in 2010 and completed her postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University London in 2013. She speaks English and Tamil.

Ranjit Mann

Ranjit - Altum HeathRanjit Mann is a fully qualified Chartered Counselling Psychologist.   She uses a warm, empathic approach to her work with patients, while providing movement and encouragement for emotional healing and growth. She considers that in order for therapy to be successful it must be based upon the relationship between the therapist and client and she always offers an initial assessment to mutually explore the possibilities of working together. Ranjit’s position as a therapist, which is both interactive and transparent, is based on co-creating a collaborative and respectful relationship between therapist and client. She offers both short and longer term therapies. In reflection of the diversity required to be effective in this work, she adopts a flexible and integrative approach that incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), EMDR (trained to Level III), Dialectical Based Skills (DBT), Mindfulness and systemic therapies to work towards the goals and health of each individual. All of her approaches are consistent with the best practice evidence as indicated by The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Ranjit started her career working in Eating Disorders both in the NHS and private hospitals.  She sees a wide spectrum of clinical and complex psychological conditions such as the bi-polar spectrum, weight management, pain management, mood disorders and anxiety disorders, working with both adults and children and adolescents presenting with complex difficulties both in-patient and out-patient services.

 

Dr. Daphne Tamarin

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Dr. Daphne Tamarin is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and a specialist in child, adolescent and adult eating disorders. Registered on the GMC Specialist Register, she has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry (RPsych) since 2009 and is an active member of the Eating Disorders Section of the RCPsych.

Dr Tamarin received her Medical Degree in 1982 from Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Following 8 years of training in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Tel Aviv, she received her Specialist degree in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in 1991.

Dr. Tamarin began her professional life as Deputy Director of a Child & Adolescent Psychosomatic unit, Sheba Hospital- Tel Hashomer, Israel, working primarily in eating disorders. The Unit director, Dr Edith Mitrani, is a Psychiatrist and a Psychoanalyst, and the treatment process involved medical, psychiatric and psychoanalytically-oriented therapeutic skills, and close liaison with Paediatricians. This intense experience was formative in Dr Tamarin’s interest in psychosomatic illness in general and specifically in eating disorders.

Following this experience, she developed a vast private practice specializing in eating disorders, and became a Specialist Consultant in eating disorders for Macabi Health Care. In this role, she gained experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Dietitians, GPs, Family Therapists, Individual Therapists, Social Workers and Paediatricians. Her role included regular Psychiatric assessments, planning and implementation of treatment plans, and the clinical management of the treatment process and recovery.

In addition to ongoing work treating young people with eating disorders, she also continued her work as a General Psychiatrist working with both young people and adults. Among other posts, she worked as a Consulting Psychiatrist in the Balfour Adolescent Clinic in Tel Aviv and in Beit Hayeled (‘The Children’s Home’), a foster home for young people between the ages 6-18. In both places, she regularly assessed and treated young people suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, psychotic illness, and ADHD.

In 2009, Dr. Tamarin moved with her family to the UK and has gained experience working in the NHS (CAMHS) and established the East Kent Eating Disorders Consultation service. Here, she used her years of experience in eating disorders to train and consult to other Consultants working with this client group.

During the last year and a half she has been working as a Visiting Consultant at the Priory Hospital, Roehampton with young people suffering from eating disorders. She has admitting rights at the hospital, which includes not only an Inpatient service, but also a Day care and Out-patient service. In addition, she has developed her own private practice in central London, leading an experienced and highly specialized team of eating disorder clinicians.

In addition to her role as a Psychiatrist, Dr. Tamarin has also pursued extensive training in psychoanalytic therapy. She is a member of the School of Psychoanalysis of the Lacanian Field since 2001, and is associated with the C-FAR (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research) at Birkbeck College.

Dr. Tamarin is married, has four children, and lives with her family in London.

 

Helena Cowan

Helena Cowen has worked in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health since 1988.  She initially worked as and Occupational Therapist and then trained as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She is a qualified Dance and Movement Therapist, and integrates this specialist training into her therapeutic work.

Throughout her career, Helena has worked with groups of parents, young children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked with young people at King’s College Counselling Service offering both long term and short-term work to students. She also set up a group for students struggling with anxiety and self esteem.

As a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in a Student Counselling Service, she gained tremendous experience working with young men and women with eating disorders. This work necessitated close liaison work with CMHTs and GPs, and Helena enjoys the challenges of working with other professionals to ensure the best treatment plans are created and followed through for her clients

At present, she has a small private practice where she sees younger adolescents and children. She also offers supervision to other therapists.  She works at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton where she sees patients with eating disorders both in the Adolescent Unit and the Adult Department.

In addition to her clinical work, Helena is involved in both teaching and research. She has as a special interest in psychoanalytic approaches, and has taught at Essex University on their degree course in Psychoanalysis both taking seminars and teaching through ‘e-learning’. She has also run seminars for trainee Psychotherapists at the Society of Analytical Psychology.

Helena has presented at the Annual Conference for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and has been published both in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Bulletin Board for the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.

Dr. Emma Hollywell

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Emma is a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology.

Emma graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2008. Following work in a variety of settings such as marketing account management and charity project coordination Emma went on to complete the Doctorate at City University and focused her research on examining the nature of compassionate care in the NHS. Promoting compassionate care, self-compassion and wellbeing in the workplace are areas of interest Emma remains passionate about.

Emma has had a varied clinical background working within services for eating disorders, substance and alcohol misuse, NHS staff psychological wellbeing, early intervention for psychosis and complex adult mental health. At present she works in a secondary care NHS service for clients with severe and enduring mental health concerns such as personality disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, self-harm and eating disorders. Emma has been trained by the British Isles Institute in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and is passionate about the skills it can provide to support individuals to learn emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Emma is also currently undertaking professional accreditation process for Schema Therapy.

Emma takes an integrative therapeutic approach, which values each client’s individuality in order to create a collaborative holistic experience that reflects their distinctiveness.  She utilises CBT as well as compassion, mindfulness, DBT and schema informed interventions to support clients to gain a greater understanding of themselves and make lasting changes by creating a warm, accepting, compassionate experience of the therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Athena Foran


Athena is a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology.

Athena Athena Forancompleted her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Westminster in 2009, where her undergraduate research on mental health stigma was published in the British Journal of Psychology. Athena went on to do her MSc in Health Psychology at City University, where her interest in individuals’ relationship with food blossomed. She continued her research focusing on parental feeding styles and its effects in adulthood. Whilst at University, Athena pursued her other love of technology and worked both at Apple and Google. In 2015, she completed her Doctorate at City University with her research examining Emotional Eating.

Athena has worked in a variety of settings including charity organisations and the NHS. In addition to her work with Altum Health, Athena works in an NHS Specialist Weight Management Service providing psychological support to individuals struggling with their weight.

She is especially interested in cognitive behavioural approaches, working with clients to manage difficulties such as binge eating disorder, emotional eating, anorexia and bulimia nervosa, as well as mood and anxiety problems.

Athena is also passionate about mindfulness and self-compassion, both of which form fundamental parts of her work. She strongly believes that therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in fostering change and aims to provide a warm, compassionate environment. Athena enjoys working creatively with her clients to individually tailor evidence based interventions to her clients’ needs.  Athena speaks English, Swedish and Polish.

Dr. Carolyne Keenan

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Carolyne completed her Doctorate at London City University. She is a Registered Psychologist with the HCPC and a member of the British Psychological Society.

Carolyne completed her undergraduate studies at Cardiff University in 2006 and then moved to Manchester where she worked for the NHS as a Substance Misuse Practitioner.  She then moved to London to start the Doctorate course and has been working with adolescents as a Senior Residential Social Worker in West Sussex whilst training as a Psychologist.

Carolyne has worked in a range of settings including inpatient, forensic and charity organisations ensuring that she has a breadth of experience and is able to work with her clients to devise a care plan drawing from a range of therapeutic modalities.  Her work is evidence-based and grounded in current research.  She currently works in an NHS inpatient unit in Reigate specialising in enduring and severe mental health complications and is continuing her work with adolescents in West Sussex.

Carolyne’s Doctoral research explored Experiences of self-harm and the way that they are discussed on YouTube videos.  The findings offered suggestions on the ways Psychologists can best support people who self-harm and those who care for them.

Carolyne is committed to valuing individuality and offers an open, compassionate approach with the view to empowering her clients and motivating them towards achieving their goals.  She has worked with Altum Health since the second year of her training and continues to develop her knowledge and skills through supervision and training.

Alice Haddon

A.Haddon.website picAlice Haddon is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist.  She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

She graduated with an Honours degree in psychology from Edinburgh University in 1997.  She went on to get a diploma in Biodynamic Psychotherapy (2002) and later her MA and post MA Diploma in Counselling Psychology (2007).   Her approach is supportive, collaborative and active and draws primarily on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Existential psychology.

Alice started her career working at the Eating Disorder Service at the Priory Hospital, Roehampton.  During this time she was seconded to work in Saudi Arabia giving her a fascinating insight into working cross culturally.  She has also worked at King’s College Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and for the mental health charity MIND.  Much of her clinical work has focussed on adult mental health but she has also worked in a school for autistic children and a psychiatric unit for adolescents.

In addition to her clinical practice Alice has worked as a researcher in the field of Emotional Literacy with a special focus on helping schools and organisations to create emotionally intelligent environments.

Most recently Alice has been practicing in the NHS providing assessment and CBT treatment for adults suffering from a wide range of difficulties.  These include depression, anxiety, phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

She lives in London with her partner and two children.

 

Dr. Meila Roy

M.Roy.imageMeila is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC).

Meila completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Bath. Her interest in psychological therapy was cemented by a clinic placement in eating disorders during this time. Following this experience, Meila worked with clients with schizophrenia in the community before starting further training. In 2010, Meila qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from UEA where she completed research in the field of eating disorders and self-compassion for her doctoral thesis.

Since gaining her Doctorate, Meila has worked with adults experiencing a range of mental health problems within the NHS and private sector. Meila works predominantly with individuals, but continues to enjoy working with groups and families. She has worked in complex adult mental health, eating disorders and specialist weight management centres.

Meila works collaboratively with clients drawing on a number of therapeutic models in support of their individual needs. She is particularly interested in cognitive behavioural approaches which she has employed with clients to manage difficulties including, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, mood and anxiety problems. Whilst working in eating disorder services and complex mental health teams, Meila has also gained skills in Cognitive Analytic Therapy which allows both an interpersonal and intrapersonal focus on difficulties. She has a keen interest in self-compassion and mindfulness skills both of which form and integral part of her work. Meila aims to centre all of her work around a warm, safe and empathic therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Marisa Lang

Marisa cropped (2)Marisa is a Clinical Psychologist who is registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and Chartered with the BPS (British Psychological Society). After completing her M.A. (Hons) Psychology degree at Edinburgh University, she moved to London to do an M.Sc. in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at University College London and went on to complete her Clinical Doctorate there. Since qualifying, she has been committed to further training and has completed a foundation course in Systemic therapy as well as a post-graduate Diploma in cognitive-behaviour therapy at Oxford University. She regularly attends teaching events as part of her continuing professional development.

Whilst her work is informed largely by cognitive-behavioural strategies, she also draws on systemic and psychodynamic constructs. Her cognitive-behavioural work includes both traditional as well as third wave approaches such as mindfulness and compassion-focussed ideas. Marisa’s integrative stance means that different evidence-based strategies can be drawn on, depending on the presenting problem and client preference. She is committed to offering a warm, client-centred approach where treatment goals are agreed on and worked towards in a transparent and collaborative manner.

Marisa has worked in both the NHS and private healthcare settings, specializing in adult and young people’s mental health issues.  Through her work in an NHS Adult Outpatient Clinic and GP Surgery she gained experience of working with a wide range of complex presenting problems such as depression, panic, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, anger, low self-esteem, eating disorders, OCD, interpersonal problems and relationship difficulties.  She furthermore worked in a team which developed innovative out-reach strategies aimed at vulnerable young men and helped train community staff to raise awareness of mental health issues in this client group. In her private practice, she offers cognitive-behavioural stress management aimed at professionals who are struggling to deal with high levels of anxiety and stress.

Dr. Josie Nicholson

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Josie is a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology.  In addition to her work with Altum Health, Josie lectures at City University on the Counselling Psychology Doctorate programme.

Josie completed her undergraduate psychology degree at Oxford University.  After graduating she worked in training and development and human resources for several years.  Although she enjoyed coaching, mentoring and helping people develop their potential at work she felt that she had more to offer at an individual level and therefore retrained as a Counselling Psychologist.

As a psychologist Josie has worked in a variety of settings (including NHS and private healthcare) and with a broad range of clients. She has experience of working therapeutically with individuals experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, OCD, childhood abuse, bulimia, binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, long term health conditions, relationship problems, bereavement, stress, emotional eating and weight management. In recent years Josie has particularly specialised in eating disorders and obesity. She is a member of the BEAT (Eating Disorders) professional network and keeps abreast of the latest developments and research.

Reflecting the ethos of Counselling Psychology, Josie takes a holistic and individual approach in therapy and is committed to developing a therapeutic relationship with each client in which they can experience acceptance, respect and understanding.  Working in partnership with her clients, Josie explores a client’s goals for therapy and seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of their difficulties so together they can agree a therapy plan and utilise the most appropriate therapeutic approach. In practice this means that Josie often utilises cognitive behavioural therapy as well as drawing on other approaches as appropriate.  Thus Josie offers sensitive and encouraging personal therapy that is responsive to her client’s needs and individually tailored for them.

Dr. Renata Pires-Yfantouda

Renata.photoRenata is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is also registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) as both a practicing Clinical and Health Psychologist.

Renata has completed her psychology degree in Middlesex University and went on to do a Master of Science in Health Psychology in the University of Bath. She pursued her first Doctorate training in Health Psychology at City University and during this period gained experience working for the NHS in smoking cessation and chronic disease management. She then went on to complete a second Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and further developed her skills working across a number of settings including physical rehabilitation, adult mental health, children, learning disabilities and older adults.

To date, she has 11 years’ experience working for the National Health Service and currently works for the Maudsley Hospital in Liaison Psychiatry. She also sees private clients and supports them with a number of physical and mental health difficulties including eating disorders,  addictions, anxiety and depression, self-harm, marital difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and in many cases co-existing physical health problems. Renata also works in academia as a Programme Director the Doctorate in Health Psychology at City University, London.

Renata is integrative in her approach and she uses a number of therapeutic models in her work including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Systemic Therapy, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

On a personal level, Renata lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, 2 small children and cat.

Dr. Joanna Myers

Jo is Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). She is member of the BPS division of Clinical Psychology.

Following her psychology degree from Bristol University in 1991, she pursued her Doctoral training at the University of East London.  She did her final year’s training at the Tavistock Centre in London, and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1997.

Jo began her NHS work at the Royal Free Hospital, working for many years in a general adult mental health team.  It was here that she gained invaluable experience working with a variety of mental difficulties including anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders and psychosis. In 2002, she joined the Royal Free’s world renowned eating disorders team, and has experience working with individuals and running groups with outpatients, day patients and inpatients.

Jo’s therapeutic approach is integrative in nature as she brings her wealth of training and continued professional development to her work. While she is well versed in both traditional CBT and third wave therapies, she strongly believes in working systemically, as she feels this approach offers people a powerful way to move away from self-limiting beliefs.

Dr. Kate Scruby

KateKate is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a Registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC).   She is also a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT).

Kate was born and raised in Hertfordshire. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to study Psychology at A level and went on to get a BSc in Psychology at University of Wales, Swansea. After graduation, Kate combined her desires to both work within psychology and travel by moving to the U.S. and working for 18 months with children who had challenging emotional and behavioural needs. In 2003, she returned to London and began studying at Roehampton University for a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Whilst doing her studies, Kate worked for both an NHS and a private eating disorders services. These experiences allowed her to work in a multi-disciplinary team and enabled her to develop her skills and knowledge of working individually and in groups for women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Kate chose Counselling Psychology as an opportunity to develop her skills in a range of therapeutic models. She often uses cognitive behavioural principles and integrates others mindfulness and compassion-based approaches into her work. More recently, Kate has begun further training in Systemic Psychotherapy as this model fits with her belief that individuals benefit when their family, close friends or carers are included or given the opportunity to be included in treatment. She enjoys working with individuals, family members and significant people in people’s lives.

In addition to her private work, Kate currently works in an NHS Psychology Service and a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This involves working with both individuals and families to address a range of mental health difficulties.

On a personal note Kate lives in London with her partner and British Blue Shorthaired cat. In her free time she enjoys gardening and yoga.

Jacqui Finnigan

Jacqui FinniganJacqui is a Registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Well trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, she has an affinity for mindfulness and compassion based work. Moreover, she has completed training in systemic therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy and undertaken additional training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy (levels I, II and III) with Sandi Richmann.

Jacqui has a broad range of clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, work related stress, relationship issues, bereavement, low self-esteem, trauma and adjustment to chronic illness. Her special interest in eating disorders and body image problems began at university and one of her flatmates developed anorexia. She observed firsthand the devastating impact this illness had on her friend’s life, and became inspired to learn more about helping sufferers and their families. She pursued this through working for several years in a specialist NHS Eating Disorders Unit in London.

Jacqui offers a warm, compassionate and integrative approach. She uses her clinical skills in private practice to help clients with eating issues to develop a more relaxed and accepting approach to food, their bodies and themselves as individuals.

Jacqui’s path to helping others has taken many turns throughout her career. She studied Psychology at Aberdeen University, but chose to gain some life experience before she trained as a Psychologist.  She initially completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Counselling and continues to help clients develop their careers and maximise their strengths.

She built on her experience in career development and worked for over ten years in human resource management for both public and private organisations.  She observed the psychological impact of difficult work relationships on employee well-being and decided to continue her training as a Psychologist. She graduated from the MSc & Post-MSc Diploma (doctorate level) in Counselling Psychology at City University in 2006, and now brings her wealth of professional and life experiences to the field of psychological treatment.

Jacqui’s commitment to mind-body wellness is reflected through her personal practice of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. She has practiced vinyasa flow yoga for over 15 years and uses this, along with a regular meditation practice, to continue learning about her own body and its connection to her thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Maureen Sanders

Maureen is a Specialist Dietitian registered with The Health professions Council (HPC) and a member of The British Dietetic Association. She attained her first degree in Social Biology at Surrey University and went on to study her Master’s degree in Nutrition and a Diploma in Dietetics with State Registration at King’s College London.

She has worked for over 20 years in the NHS and her interest and expertise in Eating Disorders has evolved in the last 14 years. She set up a Dietetic service to GPs in the central London area and it was during this time that she began to see patients with eating disorders. From then on she began to specialise in this area treating both young people and adults with a range of eating disorders as well as obesity. She has worked in specialist adult and adolescent eating disorders services in London, Surrey and Hampshire .She continues to work in the NHS as the Dietitian in a number of London based child and adolescent mental health eating disorders teams and a children’s weight management clinic.

Her interest and training in Sports Nutrition initially lead her to work privately with a number of athletes (ranging from the keen sportsperson to the elite variety). In her work in the field of eating disorders and obesity, she has been able to draw from this expertise. She has developed her private work in this area and regularly sees both adults and young people on an outpatient basis. She also has considerable experience working with inpatients having worked as the dietitian in a private London based inpatient eating disorders unit.

With training in counselling skills and systemic practice, Maureen has a psychological approach to treating clients and has developed her role working in a variety of multidisciplinary teams.

Jacqueline Birtwisle

JacquelineBirtwisleJacqueline is a Registered Dietitian specialising in the clinical and performance aspects of sport and exercise nutrition.  She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the BDA Mental Health Specialist Group and the BDA Gastroenterology Specialist Group.

Jacqueline qualified with a BSc in Dietetics with State Registration from Leeds Polytechnic in 1990 and gained her MA in Working with people with Eating Disorders from the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust in 2011.  In 2014, she undertook a post-graduate course at Kings College London in the use of the low FODMAPs diet for the effective treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.  Jacqueline lectured at the University of Surrey, where she led a unit on their MSc in Nutritional Medicine, she has also lectured on the post-graduate ‘Science and Medicine of Athletic Performance’ at Oxford University and continues to be a visiting lecturer at University College London.

Jacqueline started her clinical dietetics career at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where she specialised in gastroenterology and co-ordinated the nutrition training of medical students.  As a junior Jacqueline was a talented athlete and this combined with her work with the Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club motivated her to establish her private practice in 1998 where her focus became elite sports nutrition.  Jacqueline has worked across both Olympic and Professional Sports, her clients including GB Rowing, GB Diving, UK Athletics, Wimbledon FC and Leicester RFC.  During this time, Jacqueline was employed as Consultant Dietitian at the Olympic Medical Institute, where she provided clinical and sports nutrition advice across all Olympic disciplines and travelled to Sydney, Athens and Beijing to establish nutritional provision at GB holding camps.

Jacqueline’s interest in performance nutrition also encompasses the Arts – she guest teaches nutrition at the Centre of Advanced Training at The Place and regularly at the Central School of Ballet.  She is the consulting dietitian at the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House.  A turning point in Jacqueline’s career came with the realisation that a major part of her work was advising athletes in disciplines such as triathlon, dance, running, boxing and lightweight rowing, whose health and careers were being adversely affected by dysfunctional eating.

Jacqueline’s approach when working with clients is with honesty and common sense offering practical solutions based on what is achievable for each client as they work through their eating issues.

Dr. Courtney Raspin

CourtneyCourtney is the founder of Altum Health.  She is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC).  Courtney is a member of the Counselling Psychology division of the BPS, as well as the Clinical Psychology division’s Faculty of Eating Disorders.  She is a member and active supporter of the Eating Disorders Association (BEAT) and contributes to the press on matters relating to eating disorders, obesity and body image problems. In addition to her role at Altum, she lectures in the Counselling Psychology Doctoral Programme at City University.

Courtney was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  The daughter of a psychologist and physician, she grew up with a keen interest in both mental and physical health.   While she thought initially about studying medicine, her first psychology course at University sparked a passion, and she went on to receive her BA (1997) and MA (1999) in psychology from Southern Methodist University (SMU).  She moved to London in 2000, where she received her PhD (2003) from SMU while working in an NHS Eating Disorders Service.

Courtney’s PhD work focused on families of women with eating disorders, and over the last 10 years, she has continued to develop her expertise in the area. She has had the advantage of working in an NHS multidisciplinary team specialising in eating disorders, allowing her the opportunity to work closely with allied health professionals to help create comprehensive and unified treatment plans. In addition to working individually, she has run numerous groups for women struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, & Binge Eating Disorders.

While she is widely known for her work in eating disorders, Courtney also has experience working with more general mental health difficulties. She has worked in an NHS Psychological Assessment and Treatment Service, helping clients overcome anxiety, depression, and wide range of mental health issues.

As a Counselling Psychologist, Courtney’s training is broad based.  While she enjoys working from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective, she is not protocol driven, and integrates other approaches to create tailored treatment plans. She strongly believes that therapeutic model comes second to process,  and that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in fostering change.

Committed to continued professional development, Courtney continues to attend trainings and receive specialist case supervision to broaden her clinical skills.  She is an ISST Accredited Schema Therapist and has also also sought skills training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, and Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT).

Courtney began her private practice in 2005 in response to the demand for qualified and experienced private clinicians who specialise in eating disorders. Among her clients and colleagues, she has established a reputation for combining sound psychological techniques with creativity, humour, and a direct approach that inspires her clients to wellness.

On a personal note, Courtney has been married for 16 years and is the mother of two young children.