Building Bridges – East & West Psychology & Psychotherapy in

Building Bridges – East & West Psychology & Psychotherapy in Practice
Wednesday 4th July 2012
Society’s London Office
Facilitator Biographies
Dr Waseem Alladin CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Dr (Akbar) Waseem Alladin, is the Founding Editor in Chief of Counselling Psychology Quarterly: An International
Journal of Theory, Research & Practice. He is the Clinical Director of the Centre for Work Stress Management /Centre
for Cognitive Neuropsychology Therapy/Calmer Solutions for Living. He is also Head of Psychology for Autism Care
UK. He is a consultant chartered clinical and counselling psychologist, a forensic clinical neuropsychologist and a
coaching psychologist. He has published in the fields of chronic pain, transcultural psychology. His current research
interests include clinical hypnosis, traditional healing, and harnessing the placebo effect. He is the originator of
Perceptual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PCBT) and a keen promoter of the ethnobiopsychosocial model for
counselling and psychotherapy (UNESCO Paris 2008), and has made similar presentations from an Asian perspective
in Durban, South Africa, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2010). He is Co-Editor with Roy Moodley & Aanchal Rai of
Bridging East-West Psychology and Counselling, Sage [2010]. He has authored learned papers and book chapters
including Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy in UK. He is proud to be a member of Psychologists for Social
Responsibility(PsySR) and has publicly challenged the use of torture.
Divine Charura
Divine Charura is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He also
works as a UKCP Registered Adult Psychotherapist for the Leeds and York Partnership Mental Health Foundation
Trust (NHS). He has years of various work experience working in diverse Psychiatric/clinical and therapeutic settings.
He has also worked with refugees and Asylum seeker individuals and families for the last 5 years. Divine also has
years of working as a supervisor for both individual and group supervision. In 2011 Divine was a deputy team leader
for a volunteering group of University students that went to Bhopal in India where he offered supervision for
counsellors and therapists who work in different therapeutic and community settings. His psychotherapeutic interests
are in working with, complex psychological distress, discrimination, difference/diversity, culture, relationships and their
impact of on mental health. Amongst his other writing, he recently wrote a Chapter in the Transcultural Handbook for
counselling and Psychotherapy Edited by Professor Colin Lago (2011). Divine is also a lover of photography, food,
art, music and outdoor pursuits.
Zack Eleftheriadou CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Zack is an Associate Fellow, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist (all accredited by the
British Psychological Society and HPC Reg). She is also as an Integrative Psychotherapist, a Psychoanalytic
Psychotherapist (U.K.C.P. reg.) and member of The Inter-Cultural Therapy Centre, NAFSIYAT in London and
Regent's College. She lectures, provides training and has published extensively in the area of cross-cultural work,
including the books ‘Transcultural Counselling’ and ‘Psychotherapy and Culture: Weaving inner and outer worlds’. She
has a private practice in North London, providing psychotherapy as well as supervising psychology and psychotherapy
students. She is Patron for Mothertongue, the Multi-Ethnic Counselling and Listening Service (Reading). Her clinical
interests include the following: cross-cultural work/migration and refugees, trauma and resilience, attachment,
parenting, infant mental health and facilitating creativity in adults and children.
Dr Narendrakumar Keval CPsychol
Narendra Keval is an Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice. Narendra
trained and worked at the Tavistock Clinic, London and has over 20 years experience as a Senior Clinician in the
NHS specialising in working with complex personality difficulties. He worked at Nafsiyat with the late Jafar Kareem in
the late 80’s, providing Psychotherapy services for clients from a range of ethnic communities and putting issues of
race and racism on the map of various Psychotherapy training organisations. His work as a Supervisor and Trainer
took him to South Africa where he was Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town and Western Cape. He
was Clinical Director on the Doctoral Training in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia from 2008-10 and
is currently Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. He is a BPS
recognized Trainer as well as Clinical Supervisor and Consultant to staff teams. His interests include Psychodynamic
work on the front line such as understanding the psychological impact of racism, working clinically with intercultural
issues, trauma and self destructive/suicidal states of mind and their impact on staff teams in both the private and
public sector.
Dr Addila Khan CPsychol
Dr Addila Khan is a chartered counseling psychologist and specializes in addiction, trauma, dual diagnosis and
enduring mental health issues including personality disorder. She works for EACH, an agency that is particularly
sensitive of the needs of ethnic minorities and is a senior practitioner, her role includes clinical supervision and the
lead in clinical program development. She runs a private practice in Harley Street and other West London locations
and performs expert witness work for the Courts. Addila practices within an integrative framework utilizing CBT,
EMDR, schema therapy and psychodynamic approaches. She holds a special interest in the field of pervasive
developmental disorders and ADHD and holds further expertise inapplied behavioural analysis techniques and
interventions for ADHD client presentations. She works with children, adolescents and adults. Addila cooperates with
the University of Surrey and other institutions as an external examiner and visiting lecturer. Her research interests
developed through personal experiences and expanded during her training on the doctorate course at Surrey
University, she has a recent publication in the field. It focuses on the effects of ethnicity on therapy and includes the
difficulties encountered by ethnic minorities, in particular the role of culture-sensitive variables within the therapeutic
Ann Laungani
Ann Laungani was married to Dr Pittu Laungani, Cross Cultural Psychologist, writer and philosopher for 22years, until
he died in 2007. Ann originally worked in the NHS in London as a nurse, health visitor, nurse tutor and a Quality
Improvement manager gaining an MSc in Public Service Management in this area. She also became a member of the
first tranche of the Patient/Carer network of the Royal College of Physicians and represented patients and carers
interests on various medical committees. Ann continued her work with patient/carer support in her work as a PALS –
Patient Advice and Liaison Volunteer at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Ann has been on many trips to India and
researched health and counselling services there, she continues to have close contacts with India. She travelled the
world with Pittu to many psychology conferences and developed an interest in this area which led to her undertaking
education at Roehampton University, where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
in 2011. She now works with clients from a range of cultures and communities in Employee Health in Central London
Community Health Trust and is actively involved in pursuing professional development in many areas of counselling
and psychotherapy, including intercultural issues.
Professor Roy Moodley
Roy Moodley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at University of Toronto, Canada. He is the
Director for the Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CDCP). His research interests include critical
multicultural counseling and psychotherapy, race and culture in psychotherapy, traditional healing, culture and
resilience, and gender and identity. Roy is the Chair of The Society for Integrating Traditional Healing into Counseling,
Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry ( He has authored or edited several journal articles, book
chapters and books, including “Outside the Sentence” (2011), and co-edited with Waseem Alladin and Aanchal Rai,
“Bridging East-West Psychology and Counselling: Exploring the Work of Pittu Laungani” (2010).
Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw CPsychol CSci AFPBsS
Zenobia has 38 years of clinical and management NHS experience of health and social care services in learning
disabilities and mental health care and has influenced service planning, provision and delivery at local, national and
international levels. Zenobia is committed to and has won awards relating to equal opportunity principles and issues
within the professions.She has served on numerous committees of the Society and is currently Chair of the Division of
Clinical Psychology’s London and Home Counties Branch and of the Division of Clinical Psychology’s Race and
Culture Faculty. Zenobia’s aim is to raise the profile of ethnicity and race culture in clinical psychology service planning
and service delivery. She is chair and member of several national inquiries and committees, including the Disability
Rights Commission (DRC) Inquiry into health inequalities for people with learning disabilities or mental health
problems.Zenobia has also been involved in the teaching and training of psychologists, psychotherapists and nurses
with a view to encourage competencies of these professional groups and define culturally appropriate resources.She
has researched and published widely on the topic of race, culture and difference in psychology, learning disabilities,
women and mental health issues.
Professor Stephen Palmer CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Professor Stephen Palmer PhD is Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management,
London, UK. He is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at City University and Founder Director of their Coaching
Psychology Unit. He is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, an Association for Professional Executive Coaches &
Supervisors (APECS) Accredited Executive Coach/Supervisor, a Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited
Coaching Psychologist, a BABCP and AREBT Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist, and an AREBT Accredited
Supervisor and Trainer. Stephen is Hon President of the Association for Coaching and Hon Vice President of the
Society for Coaching Psychology. In 1990 he became Managing Editor of the BAC(P) journal, ‘Counselling'. In 2001
he was Chair of the BACP Online Counselling Working Party. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling
and Psychotherapy. He was on the Advisory Panel for the CIPD 2004 publication, Coaching and Buying Coaching
Services: A Guide. He was an Academic Consultant for the Surrey Police Deepcut Investigation Final Report. In his
2004 BBC 1 television series, The Stress Test, he demonstrated cognitive coaching and cognitive therapy.Stephen
received from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, the Annual Counselling
Psychology Award for 'Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to Counselling Psychology in Britain for
2000'. In 2004 he received an Achievement Award from the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. In
2008 the British Psychological Society, Special Group in Coaching Psychology gave him the 'Lifetime Achievement
Award in Recognition of Distinguished Contribution to Coaching Psychology', awarded at the 1st European Coaching
Psychology Conference, 2008. Stephen is the Director of the International He is the first Visiting Professor of Work
Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute of Work Based Learning, Middlesex University. He has
specialised in stress management and prevention and since the 1980s he has worked with individuals, teams and
Dr Rashmi Shankar CPsychol
Dr. Rashmi Shankar qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1990 (MSc University of Leicester). She also holds an MA
in Psychology (University of Delhi, India) and a DPhil (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford).
For her doctoral thesis, she was supervised by Professor Gordon Claridge. In her research she applied the divided
visual-field paradigm to the study of Borderline Personality Disorder. She obtained BPS Chartered Status in 1995.
After qualifying, Dr. Shankar joined a vibrant Clinical Psychology Department in West Berkshire where she developed
her expertise with using cognitive therapy within secondary care adult mental health. For over two decades Dr.
Shankar has provided a high quality clinical psychology service to clients in West Berkshire who are referred to a
community NHS secondary care setting with complex, comorbid presentations of DSM Axis I & Axis II conditions.
Currently, she leads the adult clinical/counselling psychology service in Newbury where she has supervised adult
mental health specialty placements for several trainee clinical/counselling psychologists from doctoral courses (e.g.
Oxford, Surrey). In addition, she has pioneered innovative clinical psychology service developments for adult BME
(black and minority ethnic) clients. She offers an Inter-cultural clinical psychology specialist service to clients in
Reading. Multi-lingual Clinical Psychology assessments and cognitive-behavioural therapy is offered at this Service
(English, Hindi and Urdu).Maintaining her links with the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology (ODCCP) for
well over a decade, Dr. Shankar has developed and taught a module during this period on ‘race’ and culture issues in
Clinical Psychology. In addition, for the past five years she has contributed a Supervisor Training Workshop on ‘Power
and Difference’ on the (BPS validated) ‘Introduction to Clinical Supervision’ Course (offered by ODCCP). Since 2008,
she has delivered training on Cultural Competence to IAPT trainees at the University of Reading. The commitment to
professional, skills-based training has been demonstrated through several training workshops offered by Dr. Shankar on CBT and on culturally-adapted CBT – to statutory and voluntary sector organizations both in India and in Britain.
Most recently, she has helped to develop a Level 2 Course for frontline clinical staff in her employing Trust, on
Promoting Equality and Cultural Competence (PECC). In 2006, Dr. Shankar was invited to join the ‘Race’ and Culture
Faculty of the British Psychological Society. Along with those of other experienced colleagues, her contributions on
this Faculty have informed the work of the Division of Clinical Psychology by maintaining a sharper focus on diversity
issues in the strategic objectives of the Division.
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