Dr Dee Khaira is a Clinical Psychologist who strives to support those who are struggling emotionally, in a respectful, empathetic and non-judgmental manner. She believes in being a down-to-earth, approachable, compassionate professional, and holds a holistic view of the individual’s needs. Dr Khaira is determined to support individuals to facilitate a meaningful and fulfilling life, with a focus on strength and wellness, in all aspects. Her approach to managing emotional difficulties is in a way that builds resilience for life-long self-care and emotional wellbeing.
Dr Khaira has extensive experience of supporting children, adolescents, adults and families with a range of difficulties and stressors. These have included: difficulties managing emotions, stress (including carer-related, health-related and study or work-related stress), relationship breakdown, family conflict, cultural identity and physical health issues. More specifically, she has experience of working with a range of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, complex difficulties and neurodevelopmental difficulties (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD). Dr Khaira takes a very integrative, flexible and culturally adjusted approach, drawing on a range of psychological therapies to best meet individual needs. She has expertise in delivering both traditional and third-wave therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She also uses systemic, narrative and creative approaches in her work.
Academically, having completed a BSc in Psychology at Queen Mary University of London, Dr Khaira undertook an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at University College London. Following this, she worked providing therapeutic intervention with those aged 16 and above, for a range of common difficulties with emotional wellbeing. Dr Khaira then went on to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and achieved competencies in working with a multitude of individuals with a variety of difficulties, across the age span. Since qualifying, she has worked predominantly with children, adolescents and their families, in an inpatient mental health setting presenting with complex mental health difficulties.
More recently, Dr Khaira works within a London Children’s’ Hospital, focusing on the mind-body link and working with young people experiencing chronic health conditions such as respiratory illness, gastrointestinal illness, pain, and medically unexplained symptoms. She is also one of two dedicated UK psychologists that specialises in working with children diagnosed with childhood eye cancer (Retinoblastoma), and their parents. Dr Khaira also sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT).