Dr Catherine Wikholm  

BA (Hons,OXON), Dip Psych, MSc, MA (OxON), DClinPsych, CPsychol


about me 

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CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

I am a HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist and am registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 

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 Masters in Forensic Psychology. I worked in forensic settings in therapeutic and research roles before embarking on my Clinical Psychology Doctoral training at Surrey University and qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist. I have a comprehensive range of experience in assessing and treating individuals across the life-span in a varied NHS and non-NHS mental health services, including working-age adults (CMHT), older adults (65+), child and family, and people with learning disabilities and challenging needs. I have a particular interest in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and carried out my doctoral research in this area. I am experienced in working with people of all ages who have experienced traumatic events, including specialist experience in working with veterans. I am a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and am able to offer this as a treatment approach for teenagers and adults, as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT).

nhs experience

I have several years of NHS experience, particularly in the specialism of child and family. From 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, adolescents and families with varied mental health difficulties and relational issues. From 2018-2019 I was employed as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in a Perinatal Mental Health Team in London, where I worked with mothers, babies and families.

private practice

Alongside my NHS roles I have also worked part-time in private practice and have recently transitioned to focus fully on my work as an independent practitioner. I am trained and experienced in providing assessment and therapy for clients across the lifespan and in my private practice I offer therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families.

If you are a parent looking for assessment or therapy for your child, please visit my child psychology website for more information specifically tailored to my work with children and adolescents: www.teddingtonchildpsychology.com

BEYOND THERAPY

As a clinical psychologist, I am trained as a scientist practitioner. Although much of my work focuses on providing assessment and psychological therapy, I retain a strong interest in research and in contributing to my field of psychology. Over recent 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 and was republished 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 (e.g. BBC Radio 4, Sky News). I am also an Expert in Mental Health for US health and wellbeing video platform Grokker, co-writing and presenting video series on topics such as managing stress and improving sleep using psychological techniques. I believe in the importance of making psychological knowledge accessible and can be contacted for media contribution on topics within my areas of expertise in child and adolescent mental health, adult mental health, and mindfulness/meditation science. 


professional registrations

I am registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC). 

I am registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I am a member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland.