CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr Catherine Wikholm
BA (Hons), 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. Post-qualification, I have been working in the NHS within two related child and family specialisms: child and adolescent mental health and perinatal mental health. During 2015-2018 I worked as 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. My current NHS role is as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in a Perinatal Mental Heath Team in London.
As well as being a psychologist, I am also a mother, and I understand how important a matter your child’s wellbeing is, and how their emotional distress or difficulties impact not only them but you as a parent and your family. I am passionate about providing psychologically-informed, individualised therapy and support to improve the mental health (and family relationships) of children and parents. In my private practice, I see children, adolescents and families with a range of presenting issues, from the mild to the more complex. I offer psychological assessment and therapy for children and adolescents, consultation and 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.
BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
I completed my first degree at 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. More information about the types of psychological therapy I offer and my therapeutic approach can be found here.
qualifications and professional registrations
BA (Hons, Oxford); MA (Oxford)
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