Dr Olivia Tomaselli is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children and young people, as well as the broader system around them. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Durham University and her Doctoral training at Royal Holloway University where she focused on working with adolescents (aged 16-25 years) with range of complex needs, including emerging traits of personality disorders and/or backgrounds of neurodiversity. Since qualifying, Olivia has continued to work with adolescents across both the NHS and charitable sectors.
She has experience in working with individuals who present with:
Olivia believes strongly in drawing on the latest evidence-base to inform her clinical work and she offers interventions in line with NICE Guidelines. She has received training in a number of different therapeutic approaches including; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy and Schema Therapy. She is also experienced in carrying out a range of neuropsychological assessments and providing detailed reports of cognitive functioning.
Olivia is a warm, compassionate psychologist who believes that a strong therapeutic relationship, in which a client feels secure and understood, is central to the success of any clinical work. She is passionate about working collaboratively with clients in developing a shared understanding of their difficulties and drawing upon their strengths and interests to tailor therapeutic approaches.
Alongside her clinical work, Olivia is passionate about delivering teaching and training and conducting research. Her publications including work on the impact of early substance misuse on adolescent neurodevelopment and the assessment of looked after children and young people. At present, she is preparing further publications on relationship between family functioning, adolescent emotional regulation and internalising symptoms.