Dr Antonia Cooper
BA (Hons) PostGrad Dip Psych MSc ClinPsyD
Based at Doncaster & Barnsley
Dr Cooper completed her first degree in languages and then a later degree in Psychology in 1999. She then completed an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology before qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Leeds in 2010. She has worked in the NHS for 13 years overall, with experience in child and adult learning disability.
She spent some time working at Rampton High Secure Hospital working as a Trainee Forensic Psychologist prior to beginning her clinical training. Antonia has experience of working with personality disorders and also spent a year as an Assistant Psychologist in the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Unit at Rampton.
In her training she specialised in paediatrics, working with families with children with chronic health problems. She currently works in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist in Older People’s Mental Health Services in Doncaster. There she works with community mental health and inpatient teams to assess and deliver psychological support to patients with functional mental health difficulties and/or dementia.
She works with individuals, but also with couples and families. She also spends a significant amount of time consulting to other outside or voluntary agencies with respect to an individual’s psychological needs, or to promote psychological thinking when planning a patient’s care. She supervises other professionals in delivering psychological interventions also.
Antonia regularly has Trainees on placement from the University of Sheffield. In her role she also carries out detailed neuropsychological assessments and individually tailored rehabilitation programmes supporting memory, attention or executive functioning difficulties.
She also spends a proportion of her NHS role training and teaching other professionals and has taught on the University of Leeds Doctorate for Clinical Psychology.
She works within a person-centred model and is an integrative Clinical Psychologist, using CBT, psychodynamic and narrative approaches tailored to individual needs. She also considers systemic formulation as key to understanding mental health difficulties. She has extensive experience of formulating individuals’ difficulties in a community setting and believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is vital in assessment and delivery of optimised psychological intervention.
Antonia has worked in independent practice, using mainly a CBT model with individuals experiencing trauma. She has completed her EMDR training (all levels) and uses this in both NHS and independent work. She also has experience of supporting individuals with head injury using CBT principles and cognitive rehabilitation strategies and has experience of working with dysexecutive syndrome and post-concussional syndrome.
In her ‘downtime’ she likes to spend time with her husband and children cycling, walking or talking over good food. She loves a decent glass of red wine and getting together with her friends when
she can. She is also a keen runner and looking for her next half marathon. Her dream is to own horses, which may come true one day.
Before being a psychologist Antonia completed a degree in French and Spanish and ended up as an emergency driver on Eurostar!
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