DR. ROBERT CHANDLER, DClinPsy (UK)

Clinical Psychologist

“Distress, anxiety and adverse life events are all part of being human. Psychological work is about allowing people and families to live fulfilled and meaningful lives, without being held down by distress, disability, or by what has happened to them.”

I have 14 years of experience working clinically in the UK, where I was born and educated. Following the completion of my doctoral training at the University of Bath (UK), I have worked in a number of NHS and private sector settings. I have worked with adults and young people with complex needs across the full spectrum of common mental health difficulties. In recent times, a great deal of my work has included assessing, diagnosing and working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. I have extensive experience working with and providing consultation to parents, teachers, care teams and organisations, as well as clinical leadership and research.

Life can be tough; for ourselves, our families and the wider systems around us. My role is to meet clients where they are; to work towards their goals, even if these goals might not seem initially clear. This can be achieved in a number of ways; perhaps through individual therapy, in a safe, contained space in which to explore those parts of a client’s distress that are holding them back from living the kind of life they want. Alternatively, support might take the form of an assessment and diagnosis of a loved one (e.g., child) to help parents and educators better understand the young person. Whatever the mode of assessment or intervention, clients can be assured of a curious, relaxed and nurturing environment.

expertise

  • Developmental assessments, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities and Attachment difficulties
  • Parenting work
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Common mental health problems (Anxiety, Depression, Panic attacks, OCD, etc.)
  • Behavioural issues
  • Adjustment to adverse life events
  • Clinical Research
  • Organisational training and consultation

TOOLS

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Developmental assessments (including Neuropsychological Assessments, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Parenting work (including The Incredible Years© Parenting Programme)
  • Systemic Practice
  • Consultation with teams and organisations

Qualifications and memberships

  • BSc (First Class Honours) – Psychology and Criminology, University of Keele (UK)
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, DClinPsy, University of Bath (UK)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (UK)
  • Registered with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)