Dr Shradha Lakhani
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
D Clin Psych, BSc (Hons)
I have been within the field of oncology and palliative care since 2003 as Lead Clinical Psychologist and then becoming the Consultant Clinical Psychologist as of 2010. I support patients, carers and staff who work within the field of cancer and palliative care. I provide one to one support for patients and carers, as well as group support in the form of Mindfulness groups and Living with and Beyond cancer (survivor-ship group). I provide a lot of teaching and training to staff in the form of Level 1 and Level 2 skills, along with Advance Care Planning training to name a few. I also provide ongoing supervision to Clinical Nurse Specialists which is a mandatory aspect of the Cancer Peer Review process to ensure clinical governance and safe practice.
Alongside cancer and palliative care treatments which is my core specialist area, I also have specific clinical interests in the areas of weight management, bariatric surgery and cosmetic surgery and reconstruction. I enjoy working with people and helping them to grow and develop. This usually takes the form of individual consultation and therapeutic input. My expertise is assisting people in a wide range of areas: from dealing with traumatic life threatening events to managing transitions, adjustments and family dynamics, to coping with pain and sleep difficulties. Clinical conditions may be related to anxiety, panic, depression, chronic illness, body image issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as assessments for risk reducing mastectomies, breast augmentation assessments and weight management assessments
Providing assessments and interventions eg, Risk reducing/weight management/breast augmentation assessments or Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
Working with a variety of disorders including anxiety, depression, existential issues including uncertainties, disfigurement and body image issues, anger management, loss and adjustment, treatment side effects including pain and fatigue, sexual functioning, low self esteem and self confidence phobia's, PTSD, social isolation and others.
Working in an integrative manner to suit patients needs using a range of models including Person Centred therapy, Humanistic therapy, Existential therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic/Family Therapy and Psycho-dynamic principles.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Shradha Lakhani at Spire include:
Emotional and psychological support for various physical health conditions including cancer and palliative care, generalised anxiety/depression, bariatric and cosmetic assessments, to name a few.
D Clin Psych / University of Birmingham / 1995
Doctorate Clinical Psychology
I am the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in oncology and palliative care in Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and at Spire Little Aston, and Spire Parkway. As a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, I have worked for 20 years in the health, voluntary and private sectors, and have a particular interest in oncology and palliative care. Life threatening illnesses and stress-related problems, alongside assessment for body image and weight management are my speciality.
I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and two children, and keeping fit by undertaking regular fitness activities such as running and weight training in the home environment. I also like to keep myself grounded by doing Mindfulness on a daily basis.