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About Me

Hello, my name is Aysha Begum. Welcome to my site.

My Current Work:

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Attachment and Trauma:

I am a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. This means I am trained to focus on early life/childhood experiences and how they shape how we are in on our current relationships and day to day life. As such; in addition to my existing clinical experience, I have advanced training in attachment, separation, loss/grief, identity, sexual/complex trauma and relational and characterological difficulties.

Clinical Psychology

Alongside my private work I am employed as a senior Principal Clinical Psychologist/Systemic Practitioner in the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) where I am the Psychology Lead and routinely practice systemically (this means I focus on relationships) and have extensive experience providing professional consultations to schools, allied health professionals and other third sector agencies/charities; clinical supervision and expert neuropsychological assessments and reports. 

I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I also hold chartered registration and an associate fellowship with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I work across the age span and with all presenting difficulties. Whilst I am trained to fully understand mental health diagnoses, my approach to managing emotional and psychological distress is not to medicalise or diagnose but rather to facilitate a dialogue around this.

Systemic Family & Couples Work

I am also a Systemic (Family/Couples) Practitioner accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT).  I have specifically worked with children, adolescents, neurodevelopmental/learning difficulties and couples/families struggling with parenting and/or child mental health difficulties as well as difficulties within the couple and family relationships.  

Academia

I have two decades worth of experience working in mental health. I initially started my career as a Psychiatric Epidemiologist whereby I worked extensively in ageing mental health and neurodegeneration and have presented at national and international conferences and have published extensively in peer reviewed journals. My clinical doctoral thesis in Neuropsychology focused specifically on Theory of Mind and Autism in adults. I am currently the editor of the Attachment Journal: New directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis.

In my NHS role, I am one the co-facilitators of the Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) group for parents/couples and the clinical lead for the the Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) group pathway. I also provide DBT and CFT on an individual basis.

I offer a full range of psychology and psychotherapy services including clinical supervision and professional consultation.

Please enquire further.