Dr Catherine Wikholm  

BA (Hons, Oxon), Dip Psych, MSc, MA (Oxon), DClinPsych, CPsychol

about me 



I am a HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist based in South-West London and work both in the National Health Service and in private practice. I 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. I have worked with various client groups in a range of 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 trauma, including specialist experience in treating veterans with PTSD. 

nhs specialisms

I have several years of NHS experience and from 2015 - 2018 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. My current NHS post is as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in a Perinatal Mental Health Team in London. 

private practice

The main focus of my private work is with children, parents and families. For more information, please see my child psychology website www.teddingtonchildpsychology.com


While therapy is my main passion, clinical psychologists are trained to be scientist-practitioners and I have a strong interest in research and contributing to my field. While completing my clinical training, I co-authored a book called The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? which was published by Watkins in 2015. The book explores the last 50 years of scientific research into meditation and mindfulness, and the potential and limitations of these practices to bring about personal change. I also write articles and speak at conferences and other events. I believe in the importance of making useful psychological information accessible and can be contacted for media contribution on topics within my areas of expertise in child and adolescent 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).