Dr Zera Brittenden
What I can help with
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Mindfulness and Stress
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness Stress Reduction
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Zera is a Clinical Psychologist currently working at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust alongside her role at HelloSelf. Zera is primarily trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is able to provide high quality CBT across a range of difficulties such as distressing voices, paranoia, sleep, OCD, social anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem and mood difficulties. She also has a specialist understanding and experience of treating co-occurring presentations of these difficulties. Zera often works integratively, drawing on approaches such as compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness, based on the person’s unique needs. Zera understands that making changes can be daunting. She will aim to support you to get the most out of therapy while ensuring you retain a sense of control, by working collaboratively throughout, and providing you with a safe space to express yourself. Therapy usually begins with understanding your current circumstances and goals, and will move onto understanding how your difficulties may have developed and what may be maintaining them, with view to supporting you to make changes in your life in line with your goals.
Zera completed her Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Exeter and since then has obtained two Masters degrees in Mental Health Studies and Early Intervention in Psychosis at King’s College, London. Zera completed her doctoral training as a Clinical Psychologist at King’s College, London and is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). She currently works in an NHS service aiming to prevent people from developing more severe mental health difficulties such as those on the psychosis spectrum, who may have unusual experiences such as voices, visions and distressing beliefs, alongside other difficulties such as anxiety, mood, trauma and interpersonal issues. Zera is currently completing further post-qualification training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder. She has worked in various modalities (individual, family and group therapy). Throughout her clinical experience Zera has worked closely with multidisciplinary mental health professionals and she also supervises aspiring clinical psychologists and students in her role.