Cristina Lopez-Chertudi

I have a Psychology Honours Degree (Bilbao, Spain, 1992), a Pre-doctoral internship in Organisational Psychology and Hospital Administration, approved by the American Psychological Association, which in the American system, is equivalent to a Master’s Degree (Maryland, USA, 1993), a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Surrey, UK, 2004), a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Systemic Family Psychotherapy (Exeter, UK, 2008) and I have completed the Foundation and Professional Training in Systemic Family Constellations (London, UK, 2011). I did the Kundalini yoga teacher’s training (School of Kundalini Yoga, UK, 2009).

I am a Consultant Lead Clinical Health Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist, and a Member of the Health Professions Council. For many years I was a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the Association for Family Therapy.

I have been working full-time in the National Health Service since November 1995. In addition, I worked privately for Trauma Psychology Services (November 1998-October 2005) and on a self-employed basis, preparing psychological-legal reports for survivors of traumatic incidents and providing assistance as an expert witness in the areas of mental health, trauma and pain.

I have a broad experience in the assessment and intervention of different client groups, given my academic training and professional experience, which I have gained by training and working in three different countries. I have clinical experience and with adults, families, couples, adolescents and children with mental health and emotional needs, people with learning difficulties, in-patients, out-patients and people with acute and chronic physical illnesses. I have experience in psychometric testing, neuro-psychological, psycho-diagnostic and personality evaluations. I provide individual, couple, family and group therapy. I have worked as part of several multi-disciplinary teams in a community mental health team and medical teams. I have also worked in primary and secondary settings. My specialist interest is in the clinical areas of: HIV-AIDS, pain management, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, obesity and weight management, breast cancer surgery and palliative care. I provide clinical supervision for trainees from clinical psychology doctoral courses and advanced diploma in counselling psychology. I participate in the Special Study Unit teaching module and structured supported learning sessions for undergraduate medical students of the Peninsula Medical School in Cornwall.

I was Deputy for the Head of Psychology Services for seven years and was Acting Head of Clinical Health Psychology Services for Cornwall when my predecessor retired in 2011. I offer strategic planning, service development and professional leadership. I have been involved in several audit and research projects and I completed my doctoral thesis and masters dissertations, exploring coping skills in people with long-term pain.

Job Title

Consultant Lead Clinical Health Psychologist Systemic and Family Psychotherapist

Specialty(s)

Clinical Health Psychology and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Phone number

01872-253387/2935

Email

cristina.lopez-chertudi@nhs.net