- Fee assured
- Verified account
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma focused CBT
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health services
- Video and telephone consultations
I graduated from Middlesex University in 2000 with a BSc Honours in Psychology and a Diploma in Occupational Studies. I then worked for six years as a Researcher at St George’s University of London and in Specialist Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Inpatient Services (NHS and Private). At the same time I studied for a PhD exploring the Recovery Process in Childhood Onset Anorexia Nervosa.
I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton and qualified in April 2010. My first qualified post as a Locum Clinical Psychologist was in a Tier 4 Multi Agency Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Following this I had a split role across Primary Care Psychology and Tier 3 CAMHS for 18 months.
I then began to split my time between Clinical and Academic work and started as a Clinical Tutor for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton in October 2011. Shortly after this my clinical post moved to an NHS Adolescent Mental Health Service where I worked for 6 years. I now split my time between being the Academic Director for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton and working as an independent Clinical Psychologist.
I am passionate about helping children, young people and families struggling with a range of complex mental health, psychological/emotional and behaviour difficulties. My main treatment approach is an evidence-based scientist practitioner model which involves specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention, tailored to the individual needs and goals of clients. This is centred primarily in cognitive behavioural theory and attachment theory but is also influenced by a range of psychological theories and therapies including, behavioural learning theory, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing/enhancement, and systemic approaches. I am also trained and experienced in a parenting approach and have an interest in working with new parents/mothers adjusting to parenthood as well as parents struggling with the general stress and strain of family life. I strive to provide a high quality, friendly, child centred, accessible service within which I value honest feedback from the young people and families I work with in order to continually improve what I offer.
Areas of interest
I am a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, adolescents/young people (0-25) and their families.
I work with young people and families experiencing a range of mental health, psychological/emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties.
I can also undertake specialist assessments of cognitive functioning and autism.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Emotional difficulties
- Medical secretary to Dr Willoughby
Current NHS consultant posts held
I work as an independent Clinical Psychologist and I hold an academic post at the University of Southampton as the Academic Director on the Doctoral Training Programme for Clinical Psychology.
My main research interests are in Childhood Trauma and Resilience; Childhood Onset Eating Disorders and particularly Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa; Long-term Outcomes and Protective factors for Children in Care; and Child Development, Attachment and Parenting.
I am also interested in various aspects of Child and Adolescent Mental Health more generally and also various aspects related to Clinical Training and the Clinical Psychology profession.
• Willoughby, K., Maguire, N., & Garner, M. (in preperation). The Influence of Resilience on Childhood Trauma and Coping Style in Homeless Persons. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
• Willoughby, K., Ayers, S., & Lask, B. (in preparation). Perceptions of the recovery process in early onset anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
• Maguire, N., & Willoughby, K. (in press). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Homelessness: Treatment and Service Issues. International Journal of Behavioural Consultation & Therapy.
• Hirani, V., Serpell, L., Willoughby, K., Neiderman, M., & Lask, B. (2010). Typology of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Eating and Weight Disorder, 15(1-2), 86-89.
• Winje, E., Willoughby, K., & Lask, B. (2008). Season of birth bias in eating disorders--fact or fiction? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 41(6), 479-490.
• Serpell, L., Hirani, V., Willoughby, K., Neiderman, M., & Lask, B. (2006). Personality or pathology?: Obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 14(6), 404-413.
• Lask, B., Bryant-Waugh, R., Wright, F., Campbell, M., Willoughby, K., & Waller, G. (2005). Family physician consultation patterns indicate high risk for early-onset anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 38(3), 269-272.
• Willoughby, K., Bowen, R., Lee, E. L., Pathy, P., & Lask, B. (2005). Pattern of birth in early-onset anorexia nervosa: an equatorial study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 37(1), 61-64.
• Waller, G., Watkins, B., Potterton, C., Neiderman, M., Sellings, J., Willoughby, K., et al. (2002). Pattern of birth in adults with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 190(11), 752-756.
• Watkins, B., Willoughby, K., Waller, G., Serpell, L., & Lask, B. (2002). Pattern of birth in anorexia nervosa. I: Early-onset cases in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 32(1), 11-17.
• Willoughby, K., Watkins, B., Beumont, P., Maguire, S., Lask, B., & Waller, G. (2002). Pattern of birth in anorexia nervosa. II: A comparison of early-onset cases in the southern and northern hemispheres. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 32(1), 18-23.
Courses offered to GPs
A full list can be found on the "professionals" page on our website: www.forwardthinkinguk.com
We are committed to disseminating psychological knowledge and research - as such, we are happy to tailor free training to the needs of GPs. They can contact us by email or phone and we can talk through their needs in terms of training.
- BSc Hons Psychology Middlesex University 2000
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Southampton 2010
Affiliations / memberships
Chartered by British Psychological Society, and member of British Psychological Society and Division of Clinical Psychology.
Registered with the Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)