Dr T O – Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Over twenty years NHS experience of working with adults, families, adolescents and children has equipped Dr T O to work flexibly with people experiencing psychological issues in a competent, flexible way.

Dr T O has a national profile as an expert witness psychologist working with adults with complex mental health issues, particularly those associated with mental health, personality difficulties and substance misuse. She is regularly invited to present on the subject at national and international conferences and has been involved in strategic projects at a national level to improve services to people individuals with complex mental health issues.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Clinical Psychology – University of East London 1995

MA Consultation and the Organisation, Tavistock Clinic and UEL (2007)

PG (Dip) Dynamics of Mental Health Practice, Tavistock Clinic and Middlesex University (2005)

BSc Psychology (Upper Second), Manchester (1990)

Relevant Training Courses

Bond Solon Expert Witness Series- Excellence in Report Writing. London. (2011)

Attachment and Psychopathology. Patricia Crittenden- Tavistock Clinic. London (2011)

Professional Qualifications & Memberships

Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology

Chartered Psychologist

Registered Clinical Psychologist, Health Professions Council

Independent Practice:

2011 – Present:                                                  Independent Expert Witness


Areas of Expertise:

Dr T O specialises in the assessment of adults in the context of Family Proceedings and Private Law disputes and Criminal proceedings. Dr T O also regularly undertakes Personal Injury work.

Dr T O regularly takes instructions from solicitors, case management companies, companies and self referrals

Dr T O has extensive experience of assessing a wide range of mental health problems by psychometric objective assessments and by clinical interview.

Dr T O is experienced to assess and work with the following issues

Family & Capacity:

– Cognitive functioning

– Assessment of Attachment in a family

– Assessment of Adults

– Assessment of Children in the context of the family

– Contact Recommendations

– Substance misuse

– Dual Diagnosis (the interplay between mental health and substance misuse problems)

– Ability to protect a child from domestic violence

– Assessment of anger traits and anger management skills

– Behavioural Issues/Behavioural Management

– Capacity to Parent

– Personality disorders and clinical syndromes

– Affective conditions (e.g. PTSD, anxiety disorders etc)

– Severe and enduring mental health conditions such as Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar Disorder


– Assessment of risk for future offending behaviour/violence, including domestic and sexual violence

– Risk of reconviction

– Substance Misuse

Clinical Experience

– Provision of psychological assessment and therapy to individuals, couples and families with complex mental health problems

– Provision of psychological assessment and therapy to children and families

– Conducting therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, solution-focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Attachment based interventions and Parenting interventions.

– Supervision of Clinical Psychologists and multidisciplinary team members

– Training and Consultation to professionals

– Design and implementation of service development projects

– Interviewing and recruitment of staff

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