Dr Evelyn McKenzie-Howat is a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist. She has over 12 years of experience working clinically in NHS services, with a background in Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. She is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
Evelyn achieved a First-Class honours degree in Psychology with Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University. She went on to complete a Masters of Research in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at the University of Birmingham, and then a post-graduate diploma in Psychology while working as an Assistant Psychologist. Evelyn completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London.
Evelyn has a keen interest in the area of physical health and the mind-body connection. She is passionate about bringing psychologically informed care into medical settings. Alongside her work at the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic, Evelyn also works as the lead Psychologist in an adult Cystic Fibrosis service within an internationally renowned teaching hospital. Previous roles have included working with people living with sickle cell and thalassaemia, stroke and traumatic brain injury, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and HIV.
Evelyn has significant experience working with individuals experiencing a range of emotional difficulties across inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. She has specialist skills in third wave CBT approaches, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Evelyn is further experienced in the treatment of:
Evelyn is skilled in working with complex psychological formulations involving multiple systems, including relationships between individuals and health care providers. She is also skilled in understanding the multifactorial relationship between physical and emotional health, including difficulties related to cognitive impairment. In her therapeutic work Evelyn strives to consider the different contextual factors relevant to an individual’s experience, drawing on systemic ideas. As a Therapist she aims to embody behaviours that are in line with acceptance and compassion based approaches.
In her NHS work Evelyn has a varied role that involves daily consultation with multidisciplinary colleagues as well as regular teaching, training, and staff support. Since working in the area of Cystic Fibrosis she has presented work at national and international conferences, and contributed to Clinical Psychology guidelines at a national level.