About Levent

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, working with older children, teenagers and adults across the lifespan.

I have worked in the mental health field for over twenty years, seventeen years of which was in the NHS initially carrying out research and then more than a decade as a clinical psychologist. My combination of NHS and private practice has provided the depth and breadth of experience to help clients with a wide range of mental health problems of all levels of severity across many healthcare settings. This range of exposure has enabled me to develop a versatile, person-centred approach that equips and enables client to deal more effectively with their psychological difficulties.

My expertise in neuropsychology, particularly in the dementias, includes assessments to aid diagnosis, and post-diagnostic psycho-social interventions to promote and maintain quality of life for patients, families and their carers.

Qualifications

Supervisor Training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy
University of Surrey

Continuing Professional Development Programme in Interpersonal Psychotherapy
University of Surrey

PG  Diploma in Applied Clinical Neuropsychology
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, University of London

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)
South London Clinical Psychology Training Programme (Salomons), Canterbury Christchurch University

MSc in Neuroscience
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, University of London

BSc (Hons) Psychology
Swansea University

Experience & Training

I am committed to a continuous process of self and professional development. This entails private study, attending training courses and conferences (mandatory in order to maintain professional registration as a psychologist), supervision and personal psychological therapy.

I have worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. My interests in biology, neuropsychology and psychotherapy have been the three consistent strands that have defined my training and areas of expertise as my career has progressed. After completing my degree in psychology, I focused more on the biological aspects of mental health completing an MSc in Neuroscience the year after finishing my degree. I then worked as a research and clinical assistant in head injury before returning to research at the Maudsley Hospital in the area of depression. Concurrently I undertook Integrative Psychotherapy training with Professor Petruska Clarkson, who was one of the pioneers in the field of integrative psychotherapy.

The doctoral programme in clinical psychology provided the opportunity to develop my clinical and research skills further, working within the NHS with patients across the lifespan presenting with the full range of mental health conditions. I subsequently trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and also became an accredited supervisor in this approach.

I have continued to develop my private psychotherapeutic practice and see clients presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties.

Over the years whilst continuing to help clients presenting with the range of common mental health problems, I have increasingly seen clients presenting with very complex difficulties associated with interpersonal crises and other life challenges giving rise to mood instability and unhelpful ways of coping that have compounded their difficulties further.

Therapeutic Approach

Broadly speaking my therapeutic approach is integrative with the therapeutic relationship being the main vehicle for change. I integrate ideas and techniques from psychodynamic, humanistic/existential and cognitive-behavioural traditions according to the needs of each client. I received extensive training and supervision in cognitive-behavioural interventions during and after my clinical psychology training. I evolved my psychotherapeutic work further by training in interpersonal psychotherapy with a strong emphasis on relational psychotherapy focused on the present and informed by formative experiences and key life events. There have been some significant developments in the field of interpersonal psychotherapy including an  evidence-based adaptation of the approach to treat bipolar II illness referred to as Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) which I offer.

My style of work can be described as person-centred, collaborative, empathic, direct and keeps abreast of the developments in the relevant fields of psychology that inform clinical practice. The psychological work is usually time-limited but can be longer term depending on the needs of the client.

What I assess and treat

I have experience in assessing and treating a wide range of difficulties including:

  • Depressions including Bipolar II Illness
  • Anxiety disorders and phobias
  • Trauma and stress related disorders
  • Loss, bereavement and transitions across the lifespan
  • Relationships difficulties, interpersonal disputes and anger
  • Emotional regulation difficulties including self-harm and addictive behaviours
  • Post-concussional syndrome (mild traumatic brain injury)
  • Dementias and neurological conditions

Professional Accreditation and Affiliation

I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and my registration number is PYL22730 which can be found on the public register at www.hcpc.org.uk.  Only those registered with the HCPC are able to use the title Clinical Psychologist and this ensures that those registered meet the required standards of training and professional skills.

I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. My registration number is 084464 and my details are available on the public register at www.bps.org.uk.  I am a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and a member of the Faculty of the Psychology of Older People within the DCP. I am a full member of the Division of Neuropsychology. I am also an associate fellow of the BPS.

In addition I am an accredited Interpersonal Psychotherapist and supervisor, registered with the UK Interpersonal Psychotherapy Network (iptuk.net).

Useful information

Fees

Initial Assessment (90 minutes)  £150

Psychological Therapy Session (60 minutes) £110

On requesting an appointment via our online booking system, the practitioner may well call you to confirm details before you  meet. This initial telephone discussion of up to 10 minutes is free of charge, and is designed to  confirm that it is indeed appropriate to proceed to a full consultation and is not designed to replace a consultation.

Reports can be provided at an additional cost which is agreed beforehand.

Neuropsychological assessments: the cost of each neuropsychological assessment can be confirmed after the initial assessment session.

Cancellation policy

Please note that the full session fee will be charged for appointments missed or cancelled without a minimum of 24 hours prior notice.

Payment

Payment for the first session is due on the day by cash or cheque. For ongoing sessions, I will also accept payment by bank transfer prior to the session.

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Email: info@healthcareondemand.org.uk

Telephone: 01483 33 88 50