Dr Palvinder Rao
Chartered Clinical Psychologist, DBT and EMDR Therapist
BSc (Hons), PgCert, DClinPsy, MBPsS

I have fourteen years of professional experience within the voluntary, NHS and independent sector, working with children, young people, adults and older adults. I have extensive experience of assessing and providing psychological interventions for a full range of mild to moderate and severe and enduring difficulties including; depression, anxiety disorders (obsessive compulsive problems, phobias, panic, generalised anxiety), low self-esteem, trauma, PTSD, self-harm, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and eating disorder not otherwise specified) and associated body image issues, physical illness, autism spectrum disorder, learning difficulties, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, challenging behaviours, personality disorders, bipolar disorder and emotional difficulties.

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of what I do. Therefore my aim is to always build a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship with you by working in a professional, transparent and compassionate way. This will hopefully help you feel understood, heard and respected. I am able to draw on a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions, including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I tend to integrate these approaches in order to meet your individual needs. I believe that you are the expert of your life and your unique experiences and therefore therapy should feel collaborative and flexible.

I am an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma including PTSD and depression. I have a range of experience working with survivors of trauma. I have obtained Part 1 of the Certificate of Medical Reporting: the Bond Solon Civil Procedure Rules Expert Witness Certificate to evidence my understanding and compliance of the requirements. I am listed on the British Psychological Society’s Directory of Expert Witness.