Dr Aarti Patel-Manoj
I am a Clinical Psychologist with 16 year of NHS experience in a range of settings across the life-span, in both mental health and physical health settings. I have experience working with adults and young adults (18+) with complex and enduring mental health difficulties, individuals with learning disabilities, and in community neurorehabilitation, community health psychology, NHS Talking Therapies services and acute medical settings. I work with a range of presenting mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, low self-esteem, PTSD, trauma and relationship difficulties. I have also worked with individuals experiencing physical health difficulties including renal and liver failure, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Stroke, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Asthma, cardiovascular and respiratory difficulties.
I have a special interest in psychological medicine and how our physical health and mental health can affect one another. My current NHS role is within a specialist heart and lung transplant hospital, where I have developed expertise in providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy to cardiothoracic, critical care and transplant patients.
Through my various clinical and research experiences in physical and mental health, I have gained insight into the lives of those experiencing both emotional and physical pain, distress, discomfort, and trauma, alongside their acute and long-term health conditions. I think it is important that client’s stories are heard and understood, and they are facilitated to seek empowerment and supported through their adjustment, as so much can feel out of their control. I believe it is important that individuals are given the space and time to be heard and listened to in a non-judgmental way. I aim to provide a warm, calm, and safe space, enabling you to feel comfortable and relaxed in order to develop a deeper understanding of life’s struggles. I believe these are essential in developing a therapeutic relationship, where client and therapist can work together collaboratively on a shared understanding, and develop new skills or perspective, to work towards what is important to you. I believe the wider context and the role of power and culture to be an important element in our understanding of the world. Every individual is different and sessions should reflect a person’s individual needs and background.
I currently offer sessions remotely on a Thursday and Friday, and can also offer a face-to -face clinic in Ealing, London on these days. I predominantly work with adults 18 and upward.
The Models I Work With
I draw upon several evidence based therapies, principally Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My work is also informed by Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), to work on the goals that are most important to you, in order to create change and enhance your wellbeing.
Training and Qualifications
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton 2017
- Master in Health Psychology, University of Bath 2012
- Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment – University of Reading 2010
- BSc Psychology – University College London 200
- Trauma Focused Therapy for all ages – Association of Psychological Therapies – March 2023
- Quality improvement workshop – Guys and St Thomas’s – March 2023
- Single session Therapy by Windey Driden – February 2023
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a participant – July 2022
- Supervisors workshop North Thames courses– June 2022
- Life after covid using acceptance and commitment therapy to find a way forward by Dr Ray Owen – October 2021
- ACT 100 Key point by Joe Oliver & Richard Benette – July 2020
- ACT made simple and ACT for trauma – July 2018
- ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT – March 2017
- Working with CAT in Groups, Catylase, Feb 2017
Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): HCPC registration number: PLY35331