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Anjali Mehta

 

My name is Anjali Mehta and I am a Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)  Therapist. I am registered and accredited by the British Association of  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), meaning that I abide  by their regulations and have sufficient training to practice CBT. I  have over 8 years experience of working in the NHS and private sector,  and I have worked with children, adolescents and adults, in a range of  services, from GP surgeries to inpatient hospitals. 


I  am passionate about working with children and adolescents with anxiety  and/or depression, particularly if there have Autism Spectrum Disorders  (ASD) or social communication difficulties too. I have worked with  children and adolescents with ASD for a number of years. My work has  included providing social skills training in one-to-one and group  capacities, as well as completing elements of the multi-faceted ASD  assessments (e.g. neuropsychological tests and observations of the  child). In my CBT work, I am keen to consider how ASD impacts on the  anxiety and/or depression that the young person is presenting with, and  incorporate creative ways to help the young person have a better sense  of their identity and strengths, as well as learning how to manage their  difficulties.


Alongside my work with Every  Mind Child Psychology, I am also a Clinical Tutor at the University of  Reading, teaching Children Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) and Education  Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) who offer low intensity CBT  interventions to children, adolescents and parents in a clinic or school  setting. This links very much with the research that I was involved  with at the University of Reading, where I supervised research into the  effectiveness and feasibility of delivering behavioural therapy for  adolescents with depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties within a  secondary school setting. I will soon be publishing a research paper on  delivering sleep workshops in a school setting. CBT is based on ample  research evidence of its ability to help overcome anxiety and  depression, so I believe it is important to help develop that evidence  base as a practitioner. I also love teaching the next generation of  therapists.