Makala is a Clinical Psychologist, an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT). CBT and CAT both focus on helping a person identify and change patterns of thinking, feeling and coping that might be keeping you stuck, but work in different ways. CBT focuses more at an individual level, whereas CAT focuses more on relationships and patterns of relating. These therapies are most suited to people who want to understand themselves better and want to make active changes in their life. 


Makala completed her Psychology degree at Queen’s University Belfast and London Metropolitan University, and started her career working in primary care mental health services whilst undertaking further postgraduate training in this field. She went on to complete her doctoral training at the University of Southampton, where she won the Tim Lister Prize for research conducted as part of clinical psychology training in the UK. Makala was also awarded the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Pre-Qualification Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to clinical psychology prior to completion of a doctorate. 

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Makala has also completed further Post Graduate level training in CBT for complex mental health problems, Family Interventions for Psychosis and in Advanced Skills for working with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP), the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently in the final stages of completing the two-year Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner training course. 

Makala currently works as a senior Psychologist in the NHS with adults who have severe and enduring mental health difficulties, and has a particular interest in treating personality disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders and trauma, drawing on CBT, DBT and CAT. She has also previously worked in palliative care, eating disorders, and child and DBT services.

Core Training:

  • Bsc Psychology (Hons), London Metropolitan University 
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Southampton

Additional Training:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health, University of Northampton 
  • Family Interventions for Psychosis, University of Surrey 
  • Behavioural Activation and Graded Exposure for Complex Mental Health Problems, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • CBT for Psychosis, University of Sussex 
  • Accredited CAT practitioner
  • Advanced Skills for Working with Complex Trauma, University of Reading 
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Dr Maggie Stanton & Dr Christine Dunkley 
  • Systems Training for Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving (STEPPS), Dr Renee Harvey 
  • Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule (ADOS), BeginningwithA: Autism Consultancy and Training 
  • Clinical Supervision Skills Training (4 days), British Psychological Society
  • EMDR Training, EMDR Works

Please be aware that Makala has limited spaces available, positions will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

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