Clinical Experience

Dr Deba Choudhury-Peters is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). Deba is a registered healthcare provider for Bupa, AXA-PPP, Pru Health, Cigna and Aviva. She also actively participates in career and professional development activities such as attending training events and conferences, both in the UK and overseas.

Alongside independent practice, Deba offers sessional therapy at Nightingale Hospital (formerly known as Capio Nightingale), a private Central London hospital based in the City and Marylebone. Further to this, Deba maintains a role at the Institute of Psychotrauma, a specialist complex trauma service based in London. This role involves assessments and long-term therapy for adults with a Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder presentation. Deba has also established a psychology service within a major Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma Centre making brief and long-term therapy accessible to patients presenting with a facial injury. This innovative collaboration between physical and mental health care has provided care for patients involved in terror attacks, polar bear attacks, physical and sexual assaults as well other injuries. Deba gave an oral presentation on the psychology service at an international oral and maxillofacial surgery conference (refer to publications section).

Over the past 14 years, Deba has gained extensive experience in working with mild to moderate and severe and enduring mental illness. Evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is offered as well as other therapeutic approaches including, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), narrative and psychodynamic informed interventions are also offered. An integrative approach is also used, that is drawing from a combination of models rather than one, if this is likely to be helpful to the client.

Working in multi-disciplinary teams ensures she has an excellent understanding of other professional roles. Extensive experience of working with a vast range of difficulties such as trauma, bipolar, schizophrenia, both personality and anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders. Cultural and family stressors are also a key component of the work and therefore, family and group interventions across both settings are delivered. Bilingual individual and family interventions (Bengali/English) as well as working with interpreters are a paramount aspects to the role.

Deba takes a lead in team development activities which involves consultation and guidance for complex cases, teaching and training. She also has extensive experience of supervising psychologists and nursing staff. Her role also involves recruitment of staff and service development.

Previously, Deba has worked in a variety of clinical and research settings. This includes experience of working with clients across the lifespan, child and adolescent services, learning disabilities, substance misuse and brain injury.

Deba has a specialist interest in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma, culture and shame-based emotional problems. This keen interest led to research in the field of shame, self-compassion and religiosity. Refer to the Publications section for details on Deba’s published work in journals, conferences and books.

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