Dr Christina Loucas
I have been working in psychological services since 2011 and predominantly in the NHS since 2014. I have worked with individuals and families across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults and older adults), presenting with a range of difficulties, including, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm, OCD, trauma, and difficulties managing emotions. I also commonly work with parents requesting support around building stronger relationships with their children and managing difficult behaviour. I have experience working with young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and/or learning needs.
I currently work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in North East London. My role is largely leadership-focused, where I offer supervision to trainee and junior Clinical Psychologists, and consultation to the team and wider agencies. This is in addition to seeing young people and families for therapy. Outside of my NHS role, I enjoy teaching and lecture at a London University.
Prior to training as a Clinical Psychologist, I worked in psychological research, where I reviewed treatments for different conditions. Here, I published several studies and presented at national conferences.
It is paramount that my clients feel listened to, understood, and assured that we are working together on what is important for them. I aim to create a safe therapeutic space, where my clients feel comfortable to explore their difficulties, free from judgement. I strive to help my clients learn about themselves and feel confident in making changes to meet their goals. I try to make therapy as collaborative as possible; I will regularly check in with my clients to ensure that therapy is meeting their needs and we are making progress in their valued direction. By the end of therapy, I hope my clients feel that they have achieved what they wanted from therapy and feel empowered to take the next steps on whatever their journey may be.
The Models I work with
I believe it is important to follow the evidence-base, whilst also tailoring techniques and methods used to the clients’ individual preferences and presentation. The main therapeutic model that I employ is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). However, I also draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Narrative, and Systemic therapy. I also use attachment-based approaches when working with parents and younger children.
I hold an online clinic on Wednesday evenings and specialises in working with children, adolescents and their families.
Training and Qualifications
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), King’s College London (2017)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), Royal Holloway, University of London (2011)
- Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) (Compass Psychology, 2021)
- Therapeutic Assessment for Adolescents with Self-Harm (Dr Dennis Ougrin, 2021)
- Parent-led CBT for Anxiety – Supervisor training (N&S CAMHS, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression clinic, 2021)
- DBT Skills (N&S CAMHS DBT service, 2020)
- Cognitive Therapy for PTSD for multiple trauma (Prof Richard Meiser-Stedman, 2020)
- Behavioural Activation, Supervisor training (N&S CAMHS, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression clinic, 2020)
- Cognitive Therapy for PTSD in Children and Young People (N&S CAMHS, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression clinic, 2020)
- School refusal (Dr Rebecca Linnell, SDS Seminars, 2020)
- Diagnosis and Intervention with Children and Adolescents with Autism (Prof Tony Attwood, 2020)
- Supercharge Your Practice with CBT+ Integrating CBT, ACT, DBT and CFT (Dr Fiona Kennedy, Greenwood Mentors, 2019)
- Trauma-focused CBT (Dr David Trickey, 2019)
- Clinical Supervisor Training (UCL/UEL/RHUL, 2019)
- The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) (Marianna Murin, GOSH, 2018)
- The Fostering Changes programme (N&S Adoption & Fostering Clinic, 2017)
- Personalised Individual Parent Training (PIPT) (N&S Adoption & Fostering Clinic, 2017)
HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist – Registration number: PYL34980