Dr Claire McDonald studied her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Following this, she was awarded a Masters of Science in Neuroscience (Goldsmith’s College, University of London) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (UCD); graduating from both degrees with first class honours. Dr. McDonald is since registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and Member of the BPS Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology.
Dr McDonald has over 14 years’ experience working with individuals with diverse physical, mental health and personality difficulties in a variety of clinical and research contexts in both Ireland and the UK. Within the NHS, she currently works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with adults experiencing complex and often enduring mental health problems. She also provides training and supports NHS staff teams working in highly pressured environments and supervises Psychologists in Clinical Training.
Dr McDonald specialises in the provision of evidence-based psychological therapies for individuals experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties such as relationship and personality problems; low-self-esteem; depression; anxiety; emotional regulation problems; trauma; long-term health conditions; dissociative and psychotic experiences. She has a passion for working creatively and collaboratively with her clients to reveal what factors might be driving the problems in question and how they may be overcome to live a more fulfilling and valued life. She specialises in providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and related approaches Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches, as well as drawing from Psychodynamic, Systemic and Narrative therapy approaches.