Dr Catherine wikholm, CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr Catherine Wikholm
BA (Hons, Oxon), Dip Psych, MSc, MA (Oxon), DClinPsych, CPsychol
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. I have several years of NHS experience and post-qualification have worked within two related NHS child and family specialisms: child and adolescent mental health and perinatal mental health. From 2015 to 2018 I was a Clinical Psychologist in a busy Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in London, providing assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with moderate-severe mental health difficulties and relational issues. From 2018 to 2019 I was employed as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in a Perinatal Mental Heath Team in London, working with mothers, babies and families. Alongside my NHS roles I worked part-time in private practice, and have recently transitioned to focus fully on my work as an independent practitioner.
As well as being a Clinical Psychologist, I am also a mother. I understand how important a matter your child’s wellbeing is and how their emotional distress can impact you as a parent and your family life. I also understand how important it is to be able to access the right care for them when needed. I am passionate about providing comprehensive assessment and individualised psychological therapy, consultation and support to improve the mental health (and family relationships) of children and parents.
At my Teddington practice I see children, adolescents, parents and families with a range of presenting problems from the mild to the complex. I offer assessment and psychological therapy for children and adolescents, consultation/support sessions for parents, and parent-child/family work. Please see the 'Difficulties I can help with' section for more information on the kinds of problems I have expertise in working with.
qualifications and training
I gained my undergraduate degree from St Peter’s College, Oxford University, before going on to do further postgraduate training, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, a Masters in Forensic Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My doctoral therapeutic training focused on cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and systemic family therapy. I completed my doctoral thesis in the area of PTSD and I have a particular interest and competence in treating children and adults who have experienced traumatic events. During my doctoral training I developed skills in working with clients across the lifespan and in varied mental health services including adult (CMHT), child and adolescent (CAMHS), older adults (65+), learning disabilities and challenging needs, and a trauma service for veterans with PTSD (Combat Stress). My main passion lies in child and family work and this is the area in which I have specialised post-qualification. Following my clinical psychology training I have also completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and am a qualified EMDR therapist. More information about the types of psychological therapy I offer and my therapeutic approach can be found here.
As a clinical psychologist, I am trained as a scientist practitioner. Although much of my work focuses on therapy, as this is what I am most passionate about, I retain a strong interest in research and in contributing to my field of psychology. Over the years I have co-authored a number of articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as a book, ‘The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?’ (Watkins, 2015), which has been translated into three languages, gained much media attention, and was published as a second edition in February 2019. I have been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops, my work has been featured in much of the UK press (e.g. The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian) as well as international publications and popular magazines such as New Scientist, and I have been interviewed on national and international radio programmes and TV (e.g. Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio London, ABC). I am also a Mental Health Expert in Stress Management and Improving Sleep for US health and wellbeing video platform Grokker.
qualifications and professional registrations
BA (Hons, Oxon); MA (Oxon)
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology
MSc in Forensic Psychology
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist)
British Psychological Society (BPS) Registered Chartered Psychologist
Member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland