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Dr Rajan works primarily in private practice, providing therapy services to clients from the general adult population. She treats people with depression, anxiety and many other general mental health issues. Prior to this Dr Rajan worked for Inmind Healthcare Group where she assessed and provided psychological treatment and support in a long term forensic rehabilitation setting to clients with different personality disorders, schizophrenia, drug and alcohol addiction who had committed serious offences. This role required a degree of therapeutic flexibility to help with enduring mental health issues.

In Oxleas Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Rajan worked as a psychologist providing individual cognitive analytic therapy in a secondary care setting to clients with personality disorder, depression, anxiety and PTSD where interpersonal relationships were central to the presentation. At the same NHS trust, she provided individual integrative therapy in a secondary care setting to clients with borderline personality disorder, depression and sexual issues.

At the same time, Dr Rajan worked at the Churchill London Clinic which was a private psychiatric hospital. She provided individual integrative and group therapy to clients with schizophrenia, bipolar depression and personality disorder in a low secure environment. She used aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and person centred counselling, schema therapy and motivational interviewing techniques.

Prior to this, Dr Rajan worked at the South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust primarily providing individual CBT therapy in a secondary care setting to clients with anxiety, depression, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, bereavement and relationship issues and borderline personality disorder. She also conducted psychological and risk assessments. At North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust she facilitated groups on anxiety management and provided individual therapy using CBT techniques. She also conducted Psychometric assessments, provided reports and was involved in research, audit and staff training in an adult acute mental health setting.

At the Priory Healthcare, Dr Rajan worked in two residential homes for people with acquired brain injuries. She provided counselling and assessed the residents' cognitive abilities and provided staff supervision. She also designed and implemented behavioural modification programmes to improve sexually or socially inappropriate behaviour.

Academic achievements

Dr Rajan did her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London. Her doctoral research covered the area of cross cultural therapy in counselling psychology focussing on how this manifests in the therapeutic encounter and how it is managed by practitioners. She used thematic discourse analysis as her research method: 2012_DCounPsych_Rajan.pdf
Her central finding pointed to a positive way forward where counselling psychologists need to cultivate a habit of honest reflection, soul searching and self-exploration to move towards more accepting and respectful practice in cross cultural therapy.

Dr Rajan completed two MSc degrees with the Open University, one on Psychological Research Methods and another one in general adult Psychology. She researched Facial Emotional Recognition in Mental Health using a Meta-analytic research model. Dr Rajan also completed a Humanistic Counselling Skills Certificate at West Kent College to broaden her therapeutic horizon. Prior to this, Dr Rajan completed a BSc Hons in Psychology with the Open University.

Before moving permanently to the UK in 1995, Dr Rajan worked as a teacher in an international language school in Hungary while completing her BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Leisure interests

Swimming, travelling, yoga, literature, art and music

Dr Anita Rajan is a member of:

Health & Care Professionals Council

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