Naureen Whittinger, DClinPsych

Naureen Whittinger, DClinPsych

Senior Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Practitioner, National Health Service, UK
Work Experience: 15+ years in clinical psychology

“I have a passion for reaching out to people from all backgrounds and using creative methods to help them achieve well-being. I am strongly driven to help people move beyond any difficulties, past and present, to make their dreams a reality.”

Career Highlights

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist for the UK National Health Service, 2011–present
  • Providing family and couples therapy in public sector and private practice, 2017–present
  • Research Officer for the Association of Family Therapy, 2022–present
  • Chapter author of British Psychological Society guidelines on family interventions in psychosis, 2021
  • Senior Psychologist in Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service, 2017–2020
  • Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity Lead in Psychosis and Complex Care Faculty of the British Psychological Society, 2019–present
  • Visiting Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Ghana Medical School, 2013
  • Assistant Psychologist at King's College London, 2007–2008 
  • Research Psychologist at Cardiff University, 2004–2007
  • Published author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and contributor on UK digital radio programs

Education

  • Master of Systemic Psychotherapy from the University of Essex (expected 2022)
  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy from King’s College London
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of St. Andrews

Featured Publications

  • “Can a self-referral system help improve access to psychological treatments?” British Journal of General Practice, vol. 60, no. 574, May 2010, doi: 10.3399/bjgp10X501877
  • “Predictors of antisocial behaviour in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 15, no. 2, Mar 2006, doi: 10.1007/s00787-006-0511-1
  • Whittinger, N. “Focussing, refocussing and defocussing on unconscious bias.” Analyst News, 9 April 2021. https://www.analystnews.com/world/unconscious-bias/
  • Whittinger, N., et al. “Working with Diversity.” Family Interventions in Psychosis: Guidelines for psychologists and practitioners supporting families and social networks, 2021, British Psychological Society. www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Family%20interventions%20in%20psychosis.pdf
  • Brown, June S. L., et al. “How Black African and White British Women Perceive Depression and Help-Seeking: A Pilot Vignette Study.” International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 57, no. 4, July 2011, pp. 362-374. doi:10.1177/0020764009357400.
  • Prytys, M., et al., “Psycho‐educational CBT insomnia workshops for the general public: an audit of access and clinical outcomes.” Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 9 No. 1, 14 Apr. 2010, pp. 8-15. https://doi.org/10.5042/jpmh.2010.0159
  • Fowler, Tom, et al. “Psychopathy traits in adolescents with childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” The British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 194.1, Jan. 2009, pp. 62-7. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.107.046870
  • Ford, Tamsin, et al. “Five Years On: Public Sector Service Use Related to Mental Health in Young People with ADHD or Hyperkinetic Disorder Five Years After Diagnosis.” Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 13.3, Aug. 2008, pp. 122-129. doi:10.1111/j.1475-3588.2007.00466.x
  • Whittinger, Naureen S., et al. “Clinical precursors of adolescent conduct disorder in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 46.2, Feb. 2007, pp. 179-87. doi:10.1097/01.chi.0000246066.00825.53

My Journey in Psychology

My career combines my interests in relationships, self-development, research, and public services, which means I get to use both academic knowledge and lived experience in the pursuit of helping others. In my work, I need to use many tools to understand and support individuals, couples, families, and communities — being a psychologist consistently fuels my penchant for creativity and thirst for learning.

I’ve worked within health settings for over twenty years. When working directly with clients, I primarily draw on cognitive behavioral therapy and systemic psychotherapy approaches. I’m especially interested in how understanding our relationships with others can bring us greater joy and how socio-political issues and stories about our lives can influence our well-being.

Besides offering therapy to individuals, couples, and families, I supervise and train health care staff in clinical care planning and undertaking complex psychological assessments. And I’m always looking for new opportunities for learning and research. I’m currently exploring practice-based interventions that provide better patient experiences and consulting to teams and organizations. I also contribute to the next generation of clinical psychologists through supervision and teaching doctoral students.

I believe the role of a psychologist extends beyond a clinical setting, so I enjoy volunteering to support organizations within the charity and voluntary sector and educating general audiences on mental wellness.

I’ve been a proud member of Flo’s Medical Board since 2019. I’ve enjoyed seeing this platform grow year after year, and I love contributing to content that helps millions of people worldwide support their mental wellness. 

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