Dr Zera Brittenden

Dr Zera Brittenden

Dr Zera Brittenden

Clinical Psychologist

Approach and background

I work with people who may be experiencing difficulty with a range of issues, including anxiety (e.g. social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), worry/generalised anxiety, health anxiety, panic), trauma, psychosis spectrum experiences (e.g. voices, paranoia or unusual beliefs), sleep, perfectionism and low self-esteem.

Therapy usually begins with understanding how these difficulties may have developed, before working on what may be maintaining them, supporting you to make changes in line with your goals.

I am primarily trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) but also work integratively depending on each person’s unique needs e.g. drawing on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I am also interested in attachment theory and how our early relationships may inform how we relate to ourselves, the world and other people. I can provide high quality therapy for the difficulties listed.

I understand that starting therapy and making changes can be daunting. I will aim to support you to get the most out of therapy while ensuring you retain a sense of control, working collaboratively throughout, and providing you with a safe space to express yourself. I am professional in my approach, but ultimately aim to relate to people as human beings- bringing compassion, respect and a sense of humour to the therapeutic relationship.

Training, qualifications, and experience

I am a senior Clinical Psychologist working part-time in the NHS and in research, alongside providing private therapy.

I completed my Bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of Exeter and since then I have obtained two Masters degrees in Mental Health Studies and Early Intervention in Psychosis at King’s College, London (KCL). I completed my doctoral training as a Clinical Psychologist at KCL, and I am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have also completed post-qualification training in CBT, obtaining a PGCert from University College, London (UCL).

Throughout my clinical experience I have worked in several specialist NHS services and have benefited from working with and learning from multidisciplinary colleagues. I also supervise junior colleagues and have provided consultation to other teams.

Primary qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from King’s College, London.

PGCert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis from University College, London.

MSc Early Intervention in Psychosis from King’s College, London.

MSc Mental Health Studies from King’s College, London.

BSc Psychology from University of Exeter.

Availability, fees, and contact details

I work privately on Mondays and Fridays between 9-5pm, both online and in person. I only see people in person on Mondays, at the Brixton Practice. I offer a free, 15-minute phone consultation to see if I would be a suitable fit for your needs.For sessions, my fees range between £130-150 depending where and when you see me, I can let you know when you enquire.

You can contact me on zera.brittenden@protonmail.com

Website: brittendenpsychology.co.uk