Rohan James Naidoo
23 Clerkenwell Close
020 7253 3489
I am an accredited Clinical Psychologist from the University of Nottingham, with a further three year advanced training in Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy in Stockholm. After a decade of varied and rigorous experience working in the NHS and privately I have developed effective clinical practice, as well as teaching and academic roles.
My approach is based on current research, clinical experience and evidence-based practice. The primary evidence-based framework I use is Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). The goal of this is to treat difficulties at the level of their deeper emotional cause.
Description of approach
My approach is based upon an understanding that, in life, we all go through emotionally painful experiences: this is part of what makes us human. What we do to cope with this inevitable pain can also, unintentionally, create further difficulties. Those patterns of coping are most often automatic, unconscious and therefore not actively chosen.
Becoming aware of these personal patterns we carry, and meeting them with compassion, leads to significant changes in how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. Working in this way helps to leave problematic cycles behind, and move towards greater wellbeing. This effectively leads to a heighten sense of choice for ourselves, and connection to others.
It is inspiring to see people making positive changes in their lives as a result of the work we have done. It is often the case that we tap into hitherto unappreciated depths of strength and resilience that they were unaware of themselves. Being part of that motivates me to continue to offer psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & qualifications
- MA in Jungian Studies, University of Essex, 2017-present
- Three year Core Training in ISTDP, IEDTA-accredited in Stockholm 2012-14
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2008-11
- MSc in Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex, 2006-7
- MA in Political Philosophy (the idea of toleration), University of York, 2004-5
- BA in Philosophy & Politics, University of Leeds, 2001-4
- Casual Lecturer, University of Nottingham, 2013 - present
- Private Psychotherapy Services, individuals & couples 2012 - present
- Clinical Psychologist, East London NHS, Primary Care 2014 - 2017
- Clinical Psychologist, Lincolnshire NHS, Secondary Care 2011 - 2014
- Clinical Psychologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS, Children's Services 2011-13
- Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire NHS 2008-11
- Assistant Psychologist, Cuckfield Care Consultancy 2007-8
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Free of charge initial meeting
The relationship you make with your therapist, the unique way your past shapes your present, alongside a host of other factors, all help determine whether a particular therapist is right for you. The best way to assess this is through a face to face meeting. With this in mind I offer a one-off appointment free of charge to explore whether we can find a way to work towards your goals.
I attempt to make high quality psychotherapy available across different incomes. Therefore I operate a sliding scale of between £80-115 depending on earnings. Shorter term therapy 'blocks' may also be suitable, which involve less long-term financial commitment. Please contact me to discuss further.
I come to psychology from a background in philosophy and with an interest in Buddhism. These inform my practice, by having a consideration of the deeper assumptions upon which our lives are based, and how our wellbeing links to matters of identity and connections beyond material selfhood.
Lifelong, ongoing learning is vital, and helps me provide the best service I can to those I work with. Current threads of development include how to increase effectiveness of psychotherapy today via links to primary emotions, broader psychological thought (e.g. the work of Cark Jung), and older spiritual traditions (e.g. Buddhism).
Schröder, T., Cooper, A., & Naidoo, R. (2015). Chapter 7: Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Formulation in Action: Applying Psychological Theory to Clinical Practice,
Naidoo, R. J., & Williams, H. C. (2013). Therapeutic use of stories for children with atopic eczema and other chronic skin conditions. Pediatric dermatology, 30(6), 765-767.
Naidoo, R.J. (2011). The self and psychotherapy: are the predictions Acceptance & Commitment Therapy makes about the conceptualised self accurate? Poster Presentation, Asscoiation for Contextual Behavioural Science World Conference.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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