Dr Clare Churchman

Dr Clare Churchman is a Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience of working with mentally disordered offenders with complex mental health, personality and substance misuse needs.  She specialises in parental risk assessments and including the risk of violence and sexual violence in families.

Since qualifying the majority of Dr Churchman’s work has been within forensic mental health settings in the assessment and treatment of males with a history of violent offending and a diagnosis of severe mental illness and/or personality disorder.  Her work is informed by the cognitive-behavioural approach of Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), which she uses regularly for individual and group therapy with offenders and to understand offending behaviour.

She has undertaken specialist training in risk assessment and sexual violence risk assessment and trains other health practitioners in the assessment and formulation of violence risk. She has also trained in the assessment of personality disorder.

Dr Churchman has also worked with looked after children and has co-authored a paper on foster placement breakdown.

Courts or Tribunals: Adoption or Foster Care, Criminal and Offending, Immigration and Asylum, Mental Health Tribunals, Occupational Health, Personal Injury

Age groups: Adolescent, Adult, Family

Psychological Specialisms: Anger and Violence, Autistic Spectum Disorder, Domestic Abuse, Forensic, Learning Difficulties, Mental Capacity, Parenting Problems, Personality Disorder, Relationships Difficulites, Substance Misuse, Trauma and PTSD, Youth Offending

Therapies offered: Adult Therapy, CBT, Psychological Supervision, Schema Therapy