Dr Christine Omar

Dr Christine Omar

Stockton-on-Tees
Middlesbrough
Teesside
TS19

07595 313785

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Stockton-on-Tees
Middlesbrough
Teesside
TS19

07595 313785

About me

I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years of experience working within the field of Mental Health. I am happy to work with adolescents, adults, older adults as well as the offending population.  I have worked across a number of specialist roles which include, Forensic Mental Health, Forensic Learning Disabilities, HM Prison Service and a community Mental Health Service. In my current NHS post I provide psychological assessment, risk assessments, supervision, consultation and specialist psychological treatments. I have a wealth of experience working with individuals with complex presentations, for example, personality disorders, complex psychopathologies such as anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, emotional difficulties, relationship/attachment difficulties, traumatic histories, abuse and learning disabilities. I have a particular interest in drug and alcohol issues and those individuals who present with a dual diagnosis. Specifically, I am interested how dual diagnosis relates to trauma and violence.

I use a number of evidence based psychological approaches within my work such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I feel a thorough formulation of a person’s difficulties will inform the treatment plan and particular approach to use and I often draw on a number of psychological approaches to suit the client and work collaboratively to improve their well-being. I also offer CAT informed consultancy to staff teams and organisations.  Additionally, I am happy to offer supervision on a one to one basis as well as to teams and trainees.

I am also trained by the British Psychological Society as an expert witness and provide psychological assessment and expert witness services in criminal proceedings. My prior and current experience mean I am particularly interested in cases relating to mental health, personality disorder, risk assessments, and offending behaviours relating to violence, domestic violence, sexual offending and intellectual functioning. I am trained to provide both written and oral evidence to the courts across a range of conditions and different legal contexts and I am happy to receive instructions from solicitors on matters relating to individual or families and use a range of assessment approaches/techniques. Specialist groups I am happy to work with include: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults and Family Matters.

I also provide medico-legal reports for solicitors and health insurance companies regarding psychological injury following traumatic events such as road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, violent assault and clinical negligence. As an expert witness, I can provide reports to include clinical interview, formal cognitive assessment and use of other psychometric measures to assess psychological functioning.

Training, qualifications & experience

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClin Psychol) – University of Liverpool
  • MSC Forensic Psychology - University of York
  • BSc(Hons) Applied Psychology (2:1) - University of Durham

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapist – British Isles DBT Intensive Training
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) – Expert Witness Training
  • ACAT – Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioners - Manchester - CAT practitioner Trainee - Ongoing
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved - Expert Witness

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC

Fees

Initial Assessment Session

  • An initial meeting is arranged to discuss the issues and agree a treatment plan where appropriate. The initial clinical assessment appointment will last around 90 minutes, and collaboratively we will work together to ensure the psychologist obtains a clear understanding of your issues and difficulties. This initial appointment also allows you to get to know the psychologist better and ensure you are ready to embark on treatment if found suitable. No additional charge is made for longer assessment appointments. This fee includes an initial formulation and treatment plan which will be used as starting point for any future treatment intervention.

  • £ 120 per initial assessment

On-going Treatment Sessions

  • Following the clinical assessment and suitability is established, if your decision is to continue to work with the psychologist arrangements for weekly appointments will be discussed. In some cases fortnightly sessions can be arranged. Th approximate number of sessions required may be discussed at this point.

  • £90 per hour

  • £110 per hour for third party insurers due to extra time for invoicing/admin*

*This rate is higher for those accessing therapy through a third-party insurer due to admin and invoicing time, please ask the psychologist for further details if you wish to use your private health provider to cover the cost of your fees. Please note and excess will be liable by the client to be paid to the psychologist at each session or otherwise agreed.

*Discounts are available for trainee psychologists & therapists seeking personal therapy for approved training programs. For those people on a low-income, rates may be reduced with proof of earnings. These reduced rates will be at the discretion of the psychologist please ask for more details.

Expert Witness

Fees for assessment sessions and reports

  • Legal Aid – In line with Legal Aid Agency guidelines.
    £130 per hour (privately funded clients)
  • All payments for Expert Witness work to be paid within 60 days

Medico legal

  • £90 per hour (privately funded clients)
    £110 per hour for third party insurers due to extra time for invoicing/admin

Further information

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND GROUPS:

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Care & Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Maps & Directions

Middlesbrough, TS19

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available for appointments on Thursdays, Weekends and some evenings. Please ask for availability and I will try to accommodate to suit your preference for appointment times.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Supervision & training

I am happy to offer clinical supervision and consultancy and I hold a British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision.  I am happy to offer supervision and consultancy to a diverse range of disciplines including clinical psychologists, nurses, trainee psychologists, staff teams and organisations.

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