Dr Neema Chudasama
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DR NEEMA CHUDASAMA MBBS, BSc, PGDip
Serenity is a private psychological therapy service located Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 and offering remote sessions via video and phone calls.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that explores how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours have an effect on our mental health. Scientific evidence shows CBT is highly effective in treating a range of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, low self-confidence, panic, phobias and more.
Training & Qualifications
I am a qualified doctor and cognitive behavioural therapist. I use a collaborative approach, working with people to empower them and make meaningful changes in order to manage distress in more helpful ways. I hold full accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the regulating body for safe and effective CBT practice in the UK.
My training began in medicine where I completed a medical degree at King’s College in London, as well as an intercalated BSc in Philosophy and Basic Medical Sciences. Following my qualification in medicine, I was naturally drawn to psychology, particularly the psychological aspects of chronic medical conditions and the impact mental health has on physical well-being. We readily seek help for physical health issues yet the number of underlying mental health problems that remain undiagnosed or explored is astounding. I experienced this first hand whilst working in a district general hospital and this sparked in interest in mental health. I went on to explore different psychotherapies during a foundation in psychotherapy and counselling.
Having chosen to specialise in CBT I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. For me the ability to work with someone to explore ways in which they can enable themselves to live a healthier and more fulfilling life is something that is both a privilege and a passion. On a personal level practising CBT allows me to help others in what I see as a genuine and meaningful way.
My primary approach is to deliver CBT according to the NICE guidelines. It is important to consider how an individual’s problems present, as people do not fit into rigid models and no two people’s needs are the same. Therefore I often integrate third wave CBT therapies into treatment. These are approaches that are an extension of CBT and promote holistic well-being. They aim to increase the effectiveness of traditional CBT. Approaches include mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion focused therapy (CFT). I also specialise in helping women during the perinatal period and in post natal depression and anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
Summary of Training and Current Practice:
- Post-graduateDiploma (PG Dip) Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, New Buckinghamshire University
- Foundation in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent’s College London
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), King’s College London
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Philosophy and Basic Medical Sciences, King's College London
I work within the private sector and NHS. Within the NHS I am a senior psychological therapist. Working for the NHS allows me to interact with a variety of people from all cultural and socio economic backgrounds and I value the opportunity to work with diversity. I revel in keeping engaged with new training methods within the NHS, which allows me to stay up to date on modern evidence based practice and new research, which is integral, I believe, to offering effective therapy to patients and guidance to trainee psychologists.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists. BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Accredited register membership
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Health anxiety
- Body Dysmorphic disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
£200.00 - £250.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Appointments are available via phone and video call.
At Serenity CBT it is important to us that people make an informed decision to start therapy. We value being able to advise and help you when thinking about how CBT could help and encourage clients to speak to us via a free consultation to get an idea of what the therapy involves.
15 minute phone consultation: FREE
Assessment: £250 lasting 50 minutes to 1 hour
Treatment: £200 per session, lasting 50 minutes
Supervision for students: £100 per hour
The number of treatments needed is established at assessment and can vary from 10 to 20 sessions. This is determined on an individual basis.
Payment is accepted as cash, bank transfers and cheques. If you would like to pay via health insurance please let me know.
Current registered providers are:
- Vitality Health
- Cigna Healthcare
- AXA PPP Healthcare
Please note any shortfalls in fees payable by insurers should be paid by the client.
When I work
Week day and evening appointments available.
The motto at Serenity CBT is, "Working together to empower change".
These words were carefully chosen to reflect my ethos towards mental health and working with people to empower them to become their own therapists. I value working collaboratively with people, tailoring the treatment to their needs and facilitating self discovery in order to help people learn better ways of managing distress.