Dr Ameera Zumla
BSc, MSc, DClinPsych
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist, with over 18 years’ experience of 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. Since qualifying I have gained invaluable experience at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and then at the Leicester Royal Infirmary where I have 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 also have a specialist interest in understanding and working with diverse populations, I am the lead for diversity in my team, am on the diversity committee at the university and I contribute to research in this area.
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 am the Health and Wellbeing Champion for the Paediatric Psychology team in my NHS role.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Ameera Zumla at Spire include:
I provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for children and adolescents for a range of psychological difficulties including:
Anxiety, depression, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-esteem/confidence issues, coping and adjusting to health/medical conditions, pain management, adherence to medication, child behavioural problems, family issues/parenting issues, feeding/eating issues.
Spire Leicester Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
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.