Maja Turcan, Therapist

Dr Maja Turcan

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Diploma in Clinical Psychology (Dip Clin Psych),
  • Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (Dip Clin Neuropsych),
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
  • BPS registered supervisor

Membership of professional associations:

  • British Psychological Society  (chartered)
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology

My professional experience:

I have worked in the NHS for more than 20 years as a clinical psychologist, with more than 10 years as a consultant. My clinical work has included individual and group assessment and treatment, work with families and supervision of staff. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including secure and specialist forensic services. I have offered brief structured interventions as well as longer-term explorative therapy, as was judged appropriate following an assessment. For several years I specialised in the treatment of patients with complex presentation, often including a history of abuse, trauma and self-harm.

I have extensive experience as an expert witness in criminal and family courts.

As a clinical psychologist my training includes different modalities, particularly cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioural therapy (DBT), and also including mindfulness and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I have worked with patients with broad range of difficulties and, as each person’s experience is specific to himself or herself, they each need an individual assessment to develop an understanding of the origin of the presenting difficulties and what is maintaining them. I have always practiced this as a collaborative process with the patient in order to develop a plan for a joint therapeutic endeavour.  The choice of therapeutic approach is based on patient’s inner resources and abilities as well as external resources and structures.

My personal statement:

As a clinical psychologist I treat each patient as an individual and help him or her to formulate and understand their difficulties within the context that they present. I draw on the evidence base to inform my approach to support the patient and to sustain his or her undertaking to help themselves with their presenting difficulties.

I have always worked in a multicultural and multiethnic environment.

I undertake voluntary work with NAPAC, a charity which supports adults who were abused in childhood, on the support line and as a member of the Professional Advisory Panel.

I also provide supervision for staff working with Holocaust survivors.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

Throughout my years of working as a qualified clinician I have engaged in continuous professional development to maintain and to develop my professional skills. I have a particular interest in trauma and abuse, and in staff support and supervision. My research has included these interests. I have a number of publications in books and journals, and have presented at national and international conferences.

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