A private London clinic integrating psychiatry and psychology

Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists

Dr Moira Doolan
BA, MSW, TQMSFT, PhD

Clinical Interests

  • Complex Couple and Family relationship difficulties
  • Child behavioural difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Separation and divorce
  • Intracultural couple and family problems
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  • Dr Doolan charges £180 for an hour’s appointment.
  • For self-pay appointments, the Clinic generally requires payment at the time of making a booking.
  • Dr Doolan now takes the following insurers: Axa, Aviva, Aetna and Vitality. A pre-authorization number is required.
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead of the appointment will be charged at 50% of the fee.

Dr Moira Doolan is a UKCP registered Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist, with extensive experience of assessment and treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. Dr Doolan has held a number of clinical and senior leadership roles, mainly in the South London and Maudsley NHS trust and associated partners, including Head of Family Therapy and Professional Advisor for CAMHS. Dr Doolan has also worked in Adult Mental Health settings, as a psychiatric social worker. In addition, Dr Doolan has worked in private practice with individuals, couples and families for many years.

As well as employing a range of Systemic interventions, Dr Doolan is experienced in using parenting interventions which are Social Learning and Attachment Theory based. She also draws on Psychodynamic Theory and approaches. Her approach is strength based and collaborative.

Dr Doolan has a particular interest in working with couples and families with complex relationship difficulties. Families and couples can also face acute challenges which emerge at times of transition, loss or following distressing events. Adult family members may seek help to resolve long standing difficulties. Another area of interest for Dr Doolan is working with couples and families who are diverse ethnically and culturally. Dr Doolan also specialises in working with parents whose children are displaying significant behavioural difficulties and has been a Mentor (trainer and supervisor) for the Incredible Years Parent programme for young children, since 1999.

In addition to clinical roles, Dr Doolan has worked in a number of programme roles at national level including lead for Family Therapy and Site Consultant in the pilot of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care, Head of Evidence Based Programmes in the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners and Parenting Interventions lead for the Frontline Social Work programme.

Dr Doolan also has considerable research experience and has played a clinical leadership role in a number of randomized control trials evaluating parenting and systemic approaches at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London. She continues to work part time in research at the IOPPN.

Dr Doolan has extensive experience as a trainer and supervisor in Systemic Psychotherapy and Social Learning Theory Parenting interventions.

Dr Doolan is Canadian and originally trained there as a social worker.

Dr Doolan's full list of held positions, past and previous, can be found below.

Positions

Private Practice: Couples, families and individuals 1982 - present

National Academy for Parenting Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

Research and training positions

  • PPC study (September 2016 -present)
  • KCL Parenting Interventions lead: Frontline SW training programme (August 2014 - August 2016)
  • Supervisor Lead and Academic Tutor for Parenting modality: CYP IAPT (2014
  • National Academy for Parenting Practitioners and National Academy for Parenting Research (April 2007-June 2012 Seconded from SLaM N&S CAMHS)
  • NAPP Head of Evidence Based Programmes (April 2007- October 2009) NAPR Clinical Lead for Interventions and Interventions’ research: SAFE and HCA studies (April 2007-June 2012)
  • Study Co-ordinator: 1997-1999 SPOKES RCT of IY in Primary Schools
  • Research Family Therapist: 1995-1997 RCT of IY in CAMHS settings

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and associated partners

Clinical Leadership and Clinical roles

  • Head of Family Therapy and Professional Advisor for SLAM CAMHS: 2000-2004
  • Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist: National and Specialist CAMHS Conduct, Fostering & Adoption Team. (April 2013-July 2014)
  • Programme Supervisor: Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Programme , Lewisham CAMHS (July 2012-March 2013)
  • Manager SPOKES team: Delivering Incredible Years (IY) programme for On Track project and PALS RCT 2000-2007
  • Principal Family Therapist/Psychiatric Social Worker: Camberwell Child Guidance (Southwark 1991-1994)
  • Psychiatric Social Worker: Lewisham Child Guidance (1984-91); Camberwell Child Guidance (1978-82)

National programme roles

  • Lead for Family Therapy and Site Consultant: National Pilot- Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care England programme (2004-2007)
  • Lead for National delivery of IY programme for Family Interventions Project (2006-2007)
  • Clinical Supervisor, lecturer and tutor: MSc in Family Therapy (IOP) (2000-2007)
  • Lead for Family Therapy and Site Consultant: National Pilot- Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care England programme (2004-2007)
  • Lead for National delivery of IY programme for Family Interventions Project (2006-2007)
  • Consultant, IY trainer and supervisor: Southwark PEIP (2006-2007)

Trainer: Systemic Family Psychotherapy

  • Clinical Supervisor, lecturer and tutor: MSc in Family Therapy (IOP): 2000-2007
  • Chair, Certificate Course, IFT 1996-97
  • Tutor, Institute of Family Therapy (IFT Certificate)1994-96
  • Tutor, Kensington Consultation Service (Certificate level)1990 & 1991

Social Work: Child Protection and Mental Health

  • Locum Senior Social Worker LB Lewisham (1983-84)
  • Psychiatric Social Worker Adult Mental Health St Giles Hospital (1975-78)
  • Generic Social Worker LB Bromley (1972-74)