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About

Dr Camilla Cookson is a specialist Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of clinical experience working across various mental health settings within the NHS. She currently works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in a London NHS Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and is an Associate of the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic private practice. She is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

 

Camilla obtained an academic scholarship and a First-Class degree in Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford and went on to complete her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. It was during this time that Camilla developed her passion for working with children, young people and their families, where she has focussed her work since and pursued further specialist training.

 

Camilla’s experience reflects the great variety that comes with working with children, and includes individual, family, parenting, school-based and consultative work across a range of presenting needs, with particular interests including:

 

  • Anxiety Disorders:

    • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

    • Health Anxiety

    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • Panic Disorder

    • Separation Anxiety

    • Social Anxiety Disorder

 

 

 

 

  • Low confidence and self-esteem

 

Camilla understands that building a trusting, supportive and open therapeutic relationship is of great importance, and enjoys working creatively and compassionately in order to engage the young person to work in collaboration towards achieving their personal goals. Camilla also recognises the value of working together with family and any other important people and systems in a child’s life, where appropriate.

 

Camilla has experience undertaking complex mental health and neurodevelopmental assessments and understands the benefit of reaching a comprehensive shared understanding of the presenting concerns in order to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes. Within her therapeutic work, she draws on a variety of evidence based psychological therapies and models to best meet the needs of her clients, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based approaches, Behavioural and Parenting work (including Personalised Individual Parent Training, PIPT), and Family and Narrative interventions.

 

Camilla has additionally undertaken training in specialist trauma therapies, including Trauma-Focused CBTEye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Narrative Exposure Therapy for Children (KIDNET), developing her interest and experience in this area through working within a specialist NHS service supporting children, young people and their families who have been affected by trauma.

 

She also has experience undertaking cognitive assessments and working with children with additional neurodevelopmental needs. 

 

Camilla provides clinical supervision to other health professionals.

Working Together

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Initial consultation

An initial telephone consultation is offered free of charge to answer any questions you may have and help you decide whether you wish to make an initial appointment.

 

Prior to the initial appointment, information will be shared with you regarding how confidentiality will be protected and Camilla's terms and conditions.

2

Assessment

This is a chance to gain a comprehensive shared understanding of the presenting difficulties and hopes from therapy. This will help us decide together on an individualised treatment plan to work towards your goals.

3

Treatment

During the therapy, there will be regular opportunities to review how things are progressing. This is a chance to monitor progress and ensure the sessions are effectively meeting your needs, making any changes to the treatment plan as necessary.  

All sessions are completed via video link with Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Get in Touch

For more information, or to get in touch regarding scheduling an appointment, please fill out the form or contact: drcamillacookson@outlook.com

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Crisis and Risk Management

Please be aware, Camilla is not able to provide risk management support in between sessions or crisis support.
 

The following NHS website provides information regarding mental health and crisis support services, including information about local crisis support in your area:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/ 

In a mental health emergency, call 999 or go to A&E immediately; for example, someone's life is at risk (including if they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose) or you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.

For more information regarding children and young people's mental health services, please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/mental-health-services-for-young-people/children-young-people-mental-health-services-cypmhs-children-information/ 

 

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