Amar Baines, Therapist

Dr Amar Bains

Chartered Clinical Psychologist, General Psychiatry

Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BPS Chartered membership
HPC – Practitioner Psychologist
MSc Psychological Research Methods
BSc Psychology with Neuroscience
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health
Professional Experience

My professional experience:

As a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, I am trained to work with patients across the life span with a diverse range of clinical presentations, including depression, peri-natal depression, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, social Anxiety, OCD, body dysmorphia, trichotillomania, chronic pain, long-term health conditions, autism, ADHD and PTSD.  I specialise in work with adults and children and adolescents.

I am trained in CBT, Systemic and Psychodynamic models of therapy. The main model that I use to provide assessment, formulation and treatment, is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), however I will tailor therapy an incorporate other models of therapy into the work, to meet the needs of patients.

I have worked in mental health for thirteen years, across many different care settings, which have included outpatient clinics, GP surgeries, secondary care mental health teams, and in-patient settings. I have always practised in London and am therefore familiar with working with patients from diverse backgrounds, including sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, physical abilities or religious beliefs, of patients. I supervise Trainee Clinical Psychologists, and provide consultation and teaching to other professionals. I am actively involved in service-user involvement, as I believe passionately about placing patients at the heart of their care.

My personal statement:

At some point in our lives, we may need help and support in dealing with our problems. In my clinical practice, I first and foremost provide a confidential space where you can talk openly about your difficulties. I begin therapy by undertaking a comprehensive assessment to build a collaborative, shared understanding of your difficulties. Together, we will develop a tailor-made treatment plan to suit your needs that is grounded in evidence-based psychological theory and practice. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a time-limited, evidence based therapeutic approach – during therapy we will regularly review your progress, to ensure that you are heading towards recovery.

I am committed to continuing my professional development, and undertaking further training where needed to build upon my knowledge and skills to provide an expert level of care to my patients.

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