Dr Katja Osswald
DiplPsych (German BSc) MSc PhD (Cantab) ClinPsyD CPsychol
Based at York
Dr Katja Osswald gained her first degree in psychology from University of Marburg, Germany, in 2000. She went on to study Cognitive Science (MSc, Birmingham) and conducted research in Cognitive Neuroscience (PhD). Following some post-doctoral research work she went on to train and qualify as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Glasgow. She is a registered Practicing Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL26027).
Since qualifying, Katja has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS with children and adolescents in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, working with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety based problems and depression. Katja has experience in developmental difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, having additional qualification in the assessment of ASD. She also has experience working with children, young people and carers in foster care and following adoption. Katja went on to work in a health setting, supporting children and young people with managing chronic health conditions (e.g. Crohn’s) as well as children and teenagers receiving treatment for cancer.
Katja has experience working with adults experiencing anxiety or depression, as well as adjusting to chronic health problems.
Katja currently is a Teaching Fellow at the University of York, Department of Psychology, teaching and supervising research in the area of child development and developmental disorders, as well as clinical psychology.
In therapy Katja takes a flexible approach, adapting to the needs and circumstances of clients. She is experienced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and mainly uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, remaining committed to a collaborative approach in therapy. Katja has a long standing interest in Mindfulness, and has worked on adapting mindfulness-based approaches for children and young people.
Katja is able to offer assessment and therapy in German.
Away from work, Katja enjoys spending time with her family that have been willing recipients of all sorts of baking experiments. She likes running and being outdoors, trying her hand at growing vegetables in her first allotment season.
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