Dr. Katja Windheim
(BA Hons, MSc, DClinPsy, AFBP)
I am a highly specialised clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in the NHS. In psychological therapy I aim to create a safe and non-judgemental space that allows you to talk about your difficulties openly. We will start by developing a joint understanding of the issues you would like to address. I will then help you build on what is going well and work on stuck areas to enable you to make choices which lead to a more fulfilling life. We will work collaboratively to find a way forward that fits with you and I will flexibly combine elements from different psychological approaches and tailor them to your needs. I see adults and adolescents (16+ years) and work with short-term crises and long-standing problems originating in childhood. I have a special interest in working with traumatic and dissociative experiences. I am bilingual and can offer therapy in English or in German.
I have obtained standard accreditation in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and am currently working towards my accreditation as a consultant/supervisor with EMDR Europe. In addition, I have completed training in and am informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Individual & Group Schema Therapy (ST), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT).
I studied for my first degree in psychology in Exeter and Grenoble (France), before moving to London and completing a Masters in Psychological Research Methods (University College London) and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience; King’s College London). Living and studying in different European countries has provided me with a solid foundation in the subject of psychology and how it can be applied to alleviate emotional distress. I was exposed to rich cultural experiences that have enabled me to offer a sensitive, diverse and creative service. Since qualifying I have worked in several NHS trusts around London, mainly in community mental health teams. I also did regular sessions at the Traumatic Stress Service (Maudsley Hospital) between 2007-2011. I am currently the joint lead of a psychology team within a wider multi-disciplinary team. Overall, I have been able to help people with a broad range of issues and from diverse backgrounds, sometimes working with interpreters. Apart from working clinically, I am an experienced supervisor and have consulted teams on psychological issues. I do teaching and training on a doctoral training course and for third sector organisations.