Specialist Clinical Psychologist, The London Centre Founder BSc (hons), DClinPsy
Dr. Bryony Bamford is a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and Health Professions Council. Dr Bamford has been working with eating disorders for over 10 years, having previously been based at an NHS eating disorder service in London for 6 years before founding the London Centre for Eating Disorder and Body Image. Dr. Bamford is an honorary senior research fellow at St. Georges, University of London where she has been involved in developing specialist treatments for severe anorexia nervosa. Bryony was co-author on the book ‘Bulimia, Binge-Eating and their Treatment’ (Sheldon Press, 2010), which was awarded ’highly commended’ in the 2011 Medical Sciences Awards, and currently has two other books on the treatment of eating disorders in preparation. Bryony has lectured and presented at conferences internationally and is regularly involved in teaching and training of students and clinicians. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2007 Bryony has undertaken specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy along with a number of other therapeutic approaches. She is able to draw from her training in Specialist Supportive Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy and Family Based Treatment to recommend and deliver a number of different therapeutic approaches. She says of her clinical style: ’I believe in integrating evidence based therapy (what we know works) with individual needs and preference (what works for the individual). Forming a strong, comfortable and trusting alliance with everyone I work with is at the centre of all the work that I do.
Senior Clinical Psychologist, BA (hons), DClinPsy
Dr. Heather Naylor is a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and Health Professions Council. Dr Naylor has been working with eating disorders for over 9 years, having worked at 2 NHS eating disorder services in London. She has been involved in research into excessive exercise as well as eating diosrders in pregnancy and new mums. Dr. Naylor regularly teaches and trains both students and clinicians. Having trained predominantly in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, she has also received specialist training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Cognitive Analytical Therapy. Heather typically uses CBT strategies in her work because of its strong evidence base in helping people recover from eating disorders, but she integrates this with other therapeutic approaches in order to meet the needs and preferences of the person she is working with.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), DClinPsy
Dr Antonia Koskina is a specialist Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Antonia has full accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABP), and trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. Currently, she also works at the Maudsley Eating Disorders Service in South London and has a number of years of experience of working with eating disorders, both in research and clinical roles. In her clinical work, Antonia predominantly practices cognitive behavior therapy, however also incorporates elements of other approaches including schema therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy, and narrative therapy. She is also trained in the Maudsley Model of Treatment for Adults with Anorexia (MANTRA), a specialist integrated therapy for anorexia nervosa. Antonia values working in a collaborative and person-centered way that is motivational, flexible, and tailored to the needs of each individual.
Counseling Psychologist, MA (Hons), DClinPsy
Dr Emily Cudworth is an HCPC registered, BPS chartered counselling psychologist. Having completed her MA (hons.) in Psychology at St. Andrews University, she then went on to complete her Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. Emily worked within a specialist eating disorder and weight management team in Manchester for two years, and then at the South London and Maudlsey specialist eating disorder NHS team before starting a full time position at The London Centre. Emily has extensive experience of working with clients with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, BDD, and compulsive/binge eating disorder. She has also worked within primary care services giving her experience of working with many related comorbidities such as anxiety disorder, depression, bereavement, social phobias, panic disorder, OCD, self-esteem and identity issues. Emily considers herself to be an integrative practitioner; she has trained in a variety of different psychological approaches, including CBT, IPT, mentalisation-based therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance-commitment therapy, and compassion-focused therapy. More recently Emily has completed training in MANTRA (Maudsley Model of Treatment for Adults wit Anorexia), and attachment narrative therapy at the bowlby centre. She is also currently completing training in schema therapy and is enrolled on the foundation course at the institute of psychoanalysis. Emily says of her clinical style “As a scientist-practitioner, it is my professional commitment to adhere to the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines with particular diagnoses. That being said, my intention when working with clients is to hear their unique stories, and what they bring to the therapeutic room as an indiosyncratic individual, rather than pathologising. This means that I don’t like to put people into a bracket or pigeon hole, sometimes putting aside the theories and simply connecting”.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist, PG Dip Clin Psyc, PG Dip CBT, MA (Psyc)
Amy Chisholm is an HCPC registered specialist Clinical Psychologist. Amy is an experienced therapist having worked in mental health and the eating disorders field for twelve years. Amy has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in specialist eating disorders services for four years and currently works in a London NHS eating disorders service, alongside her private work at The London Centre. Previously Amy worked in adult community mental health where she helped people to overcome problems such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. In addition to her Clinical Psychology qualification, Amy has completed a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is completing a practitioner qualification in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Amy works as an integrative practitioner and in working with you the priorities will include building a trusting relationship, hearing your story and helping to make sense of what is keeping you stuck, and using this to find the most effective way forward.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist, MSc (Distinction), DClinPsy
Rebecca Ramsden is a HCPC registered Specialist Clinical Psychologist having completed her doctoral level training at the University of Hertfordshire in 2015. Having previously worked with the Eating Disorders Team at St George’s, University of London supporting research into treatment approaches for chronic Anorexia Nervosa, Rebecca has more recently been working within Obesity and Bariatric services, providing individual assessment and intervention for a wide range of eating and body image concerns. Rebecca has been involved in the development of several short ten individual and group-based interventions within Obesity and Bariatric services, aimed at supporting individuals to address difficulties with emotionally-driven overeating and binge eating. In her clinical work, Rebecca predominantly draws on Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. However, she may also incorporate elements of other approaches as needed, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness approaches and Narrative Therapy. Rebecca believes that a key priority for effective treatment is building a trusting and supportive relationship with those with whom she works; enabling individuals to bring about change that matters to them over time. ’
Specialist Dietitian BSc (hons)
Christina Stiels is a registered specialist dietitian. She finished her Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics over 10 years ago at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Christina has extensive experience of many aspects of dietetics: paediatrics, adults, sports nutrition, mental health and acute inpatient work. She has worked within the specialist field of eating disorders throughout her career across a number of different in and out-patient settings. Christina also works within a Paediatric NHS setting where she manages complex allergies and intolerances and works to create individualised meal plans according to different pathologies. As a specialist dietitian, Christina will guide you to better understand what nutrients your body requires. Alongside the team at The London Centre she will work with you to construct an individualised plan to ensure that your body is given the nutrients it demands whilst meeting your overall health or weight goals. Anxiety regarding diet and weight can have a huge impact on families, social events and relationships. Together, you will set achievable goals and work towards meaningful behaviour change.
Specialist Dietitian, BSc (hons)
Sophie Alder is a registered specialist dietitian. She has more than 5 years experience in Dietetics, after gaining a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University. Sophie has a broad dietetic experience working across a number of specialties such as neurological rehab, adults, paediatrics and food allergies. She has spent most of her career specialising in Eating Disorders and has experience of working with adults and children with eating disorders across both inpatient and outpatient settings including NHS and private work. As a specialist dietitian, Sophie will support you to reach your health or weight goals, whilst also guiding you to make appropriate choices to give your body the nutrients it needs. Alongside the team at The London Centre she will work with you to construct an individualised plan which encourages appropriate behaviour change.