Get to know us - Dr Didem Altay

At our practice in Oxford Circus (W1W), all of our therapists are qualified psychologists, psychotherapists or counsellors. They are registered with several professional bodies, including the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as, BACP, UKCP and BABCP. They use CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative approaches, tailored around your needs to help you deal with your challenges and reach your goals.

Please meet our team

Dr. Raffaello Antonino

Dr. Raffaello Antonino

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Sheetal Dandgey

Dr. Sheetal Dandgey

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Amy Smith

Dr. Amy Smith

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Anna Hovris

Dr. Anna Hovris

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Samantha Harris

Dr. Samantha Harris

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Karin Kihlberg

Dr. Karin Kihlberg

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Bertha Rogers

Dr Bertha Rogers

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alana Whitlock

Dr. Alana Whitlock

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yasmeen Jaina

Dr. Yasmeen Jaina

Counselling Psychologist

Panos Vythoulkas

Panos Vythoulkas

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Tatum Aspeling

Tatum Aspeling

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Gail Freedman

Dr Gail Freedman

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Caroline Tovey

Dr. Caroline Tovey

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Andrew Aboud

Dr. Andrew Aboud

Counselling Psychologist

Marisa Poggioli

Marisa Poggioli

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Lynelle Roberts

Dr. Lynelle Roberts

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Josephine Swede

Dr. Josephine Swede

Counselling Psychologist

Rebecca Leakey

Rebecca Leakey

Psychotherapist

Dr Sara Chaudhrey

Dr Sara Chaudhrey

Counselling Psychologist

Ben Dustin

Ben Dustin

Psychotherapist

Dr Sidra Chaudhry

Dr Sidra Chaudhry

Counselling Psychologist

Mary O'Byrne

Mary O'Byrne

Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Maryam Keshavarz

Maryam Keshavarz

Psychotherapist

Yifat Hollander

Yifat Hollander

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Moyosore Adofo

Dr Moyosore Adofo

Counselling Psychologist

Stacie Hill

Stacie Hill

CBT Psychotherapist

Dr Margot Brink

Dr Margot Brink

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Joanne Warren

Dr Joanne Warren

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lydia Garmon-Jones

Dr Lydia Garmon-Jones

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Nicholas Sarantakis

Dr Nicholas Sarantakis

Counselling Psychologist

Anita Sommers

Anita Sommers

Psychotherapist

Dr Anna Olszewska

Dr Anna Olszewska

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Didem Altay

Dr Didem Altay

Counselling Psychologist

Imogen Hg-Johnson

Imogen Hg-Johnson

Psychotherapist

Anna Orlowska

Anna Orlowska

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Pablo Sabucedo

Dr Pablo Sabucedo

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Joanne Livingston

Dr Joanne Livingston

Counselling Psychologist

Emily Pitman

Emily Pitman

Integrative Counsellor

Dr Daren Lee

Dr Daren Lee

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Soha Daru

Dr Soha Daru

Counselling Psychologist

I have worked in a variety of settings (mental health and school systems) since 2008, helping individuals, children, young and families overcome the challenges and grow. Since 2019 I am working as a registered psychologist in the UK. I am registered both with the HCPC as a registered psychologist and the BPS as a chartered psychologist (CPsychol).

With a special interest in Anxiety Disorders,  Complex PTSD & Developmental Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I went on to complete additional training in this area, including Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate (by Dr Bessel van der Kolk, Boston), trauma-focused CBT and EMDR. Both of these therapeutic approaches are recommended as the first line of treatment for adults in the UK, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines (NICE).

Besides working with adults, I am also working with children, young and families. I am a registered play therapist (RPT) by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), which promotes the value of play, play therapy and credentialed play therapists. As part of my clinical work, I am implementing evidence-based psychological interventions – both short-term and long-term. I am trained in directive and non-directive play therapy namely child centred play therapy and cognitive behavioural play therapy, TF-CBT as well as in trauma-play.  In my therapeutic work, I also integrate solution-focused therapy, strategic family therapy as well as filial therapy to enhance child-family relationships.

Having practised and lived in different countries, I have experience in different cultural backgrounds and mental health settings both in private practice and outpatient clinics.

I am providing high-quality psychological therapy for a large variety of psychological difficulties including but not limited to:

Insurances I work with: AXA, Aviva, Vitality, Cigna, Simply Health, WPA and others.

Members of:

We're registered with AXA PPP healthcare, AXA therapists, AXA counselling, Aviva, Vitality, Cigna, BPS, HCPC, BABCP
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