Dr Catherine Wikholm  

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

about me 



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 then worked in forensic settings in therapeutic and research roles before embarking on my Clinical Psychology Doctoral training at Surrey University. I have experience in working with various client groups across the life-span 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 working with veterans.

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 and adults.

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


As a clinical psychologist, I am trained as a scientist practitioner. Although much of my work focuses on therapy, as this what I care most 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 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. I am also an Expert in Stress Management and Sleep for US health and wellbeing video platform Grokker. 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).