Dr Deba Choudhury-Peters

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • HCPC registered as Practitioner Psychologist
  • BPS Chartered membership
  • Experiential Dynamic Therapy UK membership
  • Affect Phobia Therapy Core Training in London (2014)
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2010)
  • Post grad. Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health (2005)
  • Msc Applied Developmental Research (2002)
  • BSc (hons) Behavioural Sciences (2001)

My professional experience:

Alongside my post at Nightingale Hospital I run an independent practice in London and Surrey. I have 14 years of experience working in the NHS, where I currently maintain a senior role at the Institute of Psychotrauma. I also work in an Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma clinic alongside surgeons treating facial injuries. I have extensive experience of working with clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and beliefs, both in the NHS and private practice. In this role I offer brief and long-term therapy for adults with Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder alongside other severe and enduring mental illness. I am experienced in working with evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as other therapeutic approaches including, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), which is a short term dynamic psychotherapy, narrative and psychodynamic informed interventions. Through my work I promote an integrative approach to therapy if I think this is likely to be beneficial for the client. This sometimes involves the application of more that one model of therapy. Throughout my career, I have worked within multi-disciplinary team settings, therefore I have a clear understanding of other professional roles and make referrals onwards when necessary. Within my NHS role I offer consultation and guidance for complex cases, teaching and training. I am also a clinical supervisor for trainees and offer specialist trauma-focused supervision to psychologists/CBT Therapist. I also have experience of conference presentation and delivering training to therapists and medics.

My personal statement:

I work in a collaborative way and make it a priority to help my clients feel comfortable from their first session in identifying their goals for treatment. This helps them know what the focus will be in sessions and what is likely to be expected of them. As a psychologist, I work with a wide range of psychological and psychiatric conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD/trauma, bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorders (borderline and narcissistic). Cultural and family stressors are also taken into consideration when I understand my client’s difficulties. I also have experience of offering therapy in Bengali and have a special interest in trauma, mood disorders, culture and shame-based emotional problems. As a result of being curious about these clinical presentations I conducted research in the area of shame, self-compassion and religiosity. I take an active role in my career and professional development and frequently attend training events and conferences in the UK and abroad.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

Wilson, N., & Choudhury-Peters, D. (submitted). IEDTA Conference and post conference workshop. Ad hoc Bulletin of Short-Term Dynamic Therapy.

Choudhury-Peters, D. (submitted). South Asian Muslim women and shame: a qualitative study and process model of shame and it’s application in the clinical setting. Mental Health, Religion and Culture.

Choudhury-Peters, D. (in preparation). Religiosity in South Asian Muslim Women and their proneness to self-compassion

Choudhury, D., & Chapman, L. (2003). IT strikes back! Computers in Psychiatry Special Interest Group Newsletter, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Choudhury, D. & Chowdhury, U. (2007). Parents’ experiences of caring for a child with Gilles de la Tourette’s Syndrome. Advancing Practice in Bedfordshire, 4, 2, 67-73.

Choudhury, D., & Chowdhury, U. (2006). Semantic Pragmatic Disorder. In: S. M. Stein & U. Chowdhury (eds.), Disorganised Children. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Choudhury, D., Chowdhury, U., & Robertson, M. (2003). Parents’ experiences of caring for a child with Tourette’s Syndrome. Poster presentation at NICE conference.

Choudhury, D. & Chowdhury, U. (2007). Parents’ experiences of caring for a child with Gilles de la Tourette’s Syndrome. Advancing Practice in Bedfordshire, 4, 2, 67-73.

Choudhury, D., & Chowdhury, U. (2006). Semantic Pragmatic Disorder. In: S. M. Stein & U. Chowdhury (eds.), Disorganised Children. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Choudhury, D., Chowdhury, U., & Robertson, M. (2003). Parents’ experiences of caring for a child with Tourette’s Syndrome. Poster presentation at NICE conference.

Wilson, N., & Choudhury-Peters, D. (2014). International experiential dynamic therapy association (IEDTA) conference 2014. “Healing the effects of trauma.” Ad hoc Bulletin of Short-Term Dynamic Therapy. 18, 2, 43-47.