Dr Ameera Zumla
BSc, MSc, DClinPsych
Urdu, Gujarati, Hindi
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist, and spent over 20 years working in the NHS. After completing my undergraduate degree, I completed my Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham, and then completed my Doctoral training at the University of Manchester in 2008. After qualifying I gained invaluable experience at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and then at the Leicester Royal Infirmary where I worked for over nine years.
I draw upon a range of evidence based psychological models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), systemic approaches, health psychology, mindfulness, Triple P and Early Bird (NAS).
I offer Positive Parenting Programmes (Triple P) for parents of children/adolescents with emotional/behavioural issues and disabilities. Triple P is an effective evidence-based parenting programme used worldwide, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. It is used in more than 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to: help them encourage desirable behaviour and skills (eg social, emotional and problem solving), develop healthy relationships and manage problem behaviour(s) and issues, using evidence based principles.
I have a specialist interest in understanding and working with diverse populations, and I was the lead for diversity in my team when I worked in the NHS. I am also incredibly passionate about supporting the Doctoral programme at the University of Leicester in terms of: the diversity strategy panel, the interview process, mentoring students from BAME backgrounds, and supervising BAME research projects. I can communicate in Urdu, Gujarati and Hindi.
I provide regular teaching, consultation and supervision to medical consultants, qualified and trainee clinical psychologists for both clinical and research work and teach on the Leicester Clinical Psychology doctoral programme.
I have expert experience and knowledge in Health and Medical Psychology, and as such work closely with the specialist medical consultants accordingly.
I was the Health and Wellbeing Champion for the Paediatric Psychology team when in the NHS.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Ameera Zumla at Spire include:
I provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations, interventions and holistic care for young people, adults and families for a range of psychological, emotional and physical/medical health issues including:
COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service at Spire Leicester Hospital.
Dr Zumla comments in an ITV News piece for Mental Health Awareness Week on the subject of preventative education work around body image and its relation to mental health with schools, young people and families.