Chartered Clinical Psychologist

offering assessment & treatment 

to children, families and adults

 

in Notting Hill, West London

working via the Zoom app

and face to face

subject to covid restrictions

About

Dr Michele McKenner

I am a chartered clinical psychologist with extensive experience of working with adults, children and families in a variety of NHS settings. 

Alongside my work in private practice, I currently work on an NHS inpatient unit for children with mental health and behavioural difficulties.  I have previously worked as part of an NHS Community Team supporting adults with complex mental health issues. 

I have a particular interest in autism spectrum conditions (ASC) which were the subject of my doctoral thesis at University College London. 

Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist I studied modern languages at Wadham College, Oxford and then law at the College of Law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999.  I spent 13 years working as a lawyer in the City and then in the field of entertainment prior to retraining as a clinical psychologist. 

Qualifications and memberships:

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - PYL 33244

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London (UCL)

  • MSc in Experimental Psychology from University of Sussex

  • Qualified solicitor with postgraduate diploma in law and diploma in law from College of Law, London

  • BA Hons in French and Italian from University of Oxford, Wadham College

 
 
01.

I offer support with a range of difficulties including:

  • anxiety

  • low mood

  • school refusal

  • difficulty managing emotions 

  • challenging behaviour

  • sleep / toileting issues

  • neurodevelopmental conditions

My work is based on approaches including:

 

  • Parenting Strategies - based on Social Learning Theory and Attachment Theory - aimed at promoting a secure attachment relationship between parent and child, increasing prosocial behaviour and reducing oppositional / challenging behaviour, maximising parental sensitivity to their child's needs.  

  • Systemic Family Therapy - which aims to: promote mutual understanding between family members, provide a safe space in which to express and explore difficult thoughts & feelings, acknowledge family strengths and build on these to allow for positive change in relationships and lives. 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - which aims to help children and young people manage problems by changing the way they behave and think.

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) - which aims to support young people to maximise their potential to lead a life which is rich and meaningful to them.   

 

02.

I have specialist training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and extensive experience of working with children with ASC and supporting parents to care for children with ASC.

I am trained in the administration of autism assessment tools:

  • The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

  • The Developmental, Dimensional & Diagnostic Interview (3Di)

 

I aim to be offering multi-disciplinary ASC assessments in my private practice in the near future.

03.

I work with a broad range of presentations including:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • OCD

  • panic 

  • relationship difficulties

  • problems at work

  • generally feeling stuck in life 

Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist I worked for many years as a solicitor, in the City and then in the field of entertainment. 

 

I have first hand experience of working in demanding, high powered environments and the impact that these pressures can have on psychological well-being.

I work with a range of therapeutic models / approaches including:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) - which aims to maximise your potential to lead a life which is rich and meaningful to you. 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - which aims to help you manage problems by changing the way you behave and think.

  • Psychodynamic perspective - considers any unhelpful patterns of relating to others that may stem from early childhood experiences. 

  • Systemic / narrative perspective - supports you to identify and acknowledge strengths, knowledge and skills that can help you to confront life's obstacles and build resilience. 

What to expect

Following initial contact I will usually arrange a brief telephone conversation to hear a bit more about the difficulties you are seeking support with.  There is no fee for this.  This preliminary conversation allows us both to get a sense of whether I can offer the right sort of help and we are a good fit. 

 

We will then arrange an initial assessment meeting in order for me to get a more detailed understanding of what you would like support with / what the difficulties are.  This meeting will last about an hour for an individual, or about an hour and a half if I am meeting you together as a family. 

 

Then we will make a plan together, which may involve:

  • regular therapy sessions

  • further assessment and feedback

  • school observation / consultation for a child or young person.   

 

Contact

Dr Michele McKenner

michele.mckenner@gmail.com

Tel:  07812 579315

Dr Michele McKenner, Psychology

@BodyWorksWest

11 Lambton Place

London W11 2SH

Please bear in mind that internet email is not secure before sharing sensitive information. 

I am happy to arrange a free telephone call to discuss your concerns in more detail.

 
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© 2019 by Dr Michele McKenner, DClinPsy