Hello I’m Dr. Christine Omar

I am a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist based in the North East of England with over 14 years experience working within the Mental Health field.

I have worked with complex clients for a number of years experiencing difficulties in may areas of their life e.g. depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias and trauma.  My main area of expertise is working with adults, adolescents and offenders.   I have experience working within Forensic Mental Health, Forensic Learning Disabilities and the HM Prison Service.  In my current NHS post I provide psychological assessment, risk assessments, supervision, consultation and treatment.

My current role involves working with offenders with complex presentations, for example, personality disorders, complex psychopathologies such as schizophrenia, emotional difficulties, relationship/attachment difficulties, traumatic histories, abuse, and learning disabilities. I have a particular interest in drug and alcohol issues and those offenders with a dual diagnosis.  Specifically, I am interested how dual diagnosis relates to trauma and violence within the offender population. 

I use a number of evidence based psychological approaches within my work and feel a thorough formulation of a person’s difficulties will inform the treatment plan and particular approach to use.  I often draw on many psychological approaches to suit the client and work collaboratively to improve their well-being.  I am also part of the DBT team within my NHS post where we offer DBT to both male and females individuals with complex presentations.  Additionally, my preferred way of working, where appropriate, is using the CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) model.  I use a CAT informed approach to my work with individuals and offer CAT informed consultancy and reflective group supervision to staff teams.  I am currently working towards full CAT practitioner status which is due for completion in 2018.

Services

Psychological Treatments

Psychological Treatments

Practicing psychologists have the professional training and clinical skills to help those people who find themselves struggling to cope with a variety of difficult life issues and mental health problems that sometimes arise throughout our lifetime. Psychologists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research and consider someone’s unique values, characteristics, goals and circumstances and offer evidence based interventions to ensure best practice. Psychological interventions can help a person, or couples develop a better understanding of how they relate to self and others and how these interactions may sometimes cause you difficulties in your life.  Psychological interventions can also help a person to change the way they think, feel and act to alleviate and manage psychological difficulties and improve their daily functioning and wellbeing. It aims to help you learn skills and better coping strategies to alleviate and manage any psychological difficulties you may experience throughout your life.

Christine is experienced in successfully treating a variety of psychological disorders, some of which include:

Treatments for the following

  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety and Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bereavement and adjustment to loss
  • Self-esteem / Assertiveness problems
  • Occupational Stress
  • Anger Management
  • Personality Disorder and emotional regulation difficulties
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Challenging Behaviours

All psychological services are evidence based to ensure best practice and follow strict guidelines that ensure the best possible outcome for clients.

Expert Witness

Expert Witness

Christine has worked in a variety of mental health and forensic settings throughout her career.  Her main experience has been working within secure hospitals and the HM Prison service.  She has over 14 years’ experience working with adults, adolescents and offenders with complex mental health psychopathology.  In her current NHS post she provides psychological assessment, supervision, consultation and treatment.  Christine has experience working with offenders with personality disorders, complex psychopathologies such as schizophrenia, emotional difficulties, relationship/attachment difficulties, traumatic histories, abuse, and learning disabilities. 

She is trained by the British Psychological Society as an expert witness and provides psychological assessment and expert witness services in criminal as well as civil proceedings.  Christine’s prior and current experience means she is particularly interested in cases relating to mental health, personality disorder, risk assessments, and offending behaviors relating to violence, domestic violence, sexual offending and intellectual functioning.  Christine also has an interest in drug and alcohol work and currently has a particular interest in offenders with a dual diagnosis.

Clinical psychologists working as expert witness are trained to provide both written and oral evidence to the courts across a range of conditions and different legal contexts. Christine is happy to receive instructions from solicitors often raising specific questions regarding an individual or family and use a range of assessment approaches/techniques.  Specialist groups I work with include: Adolescents, Adults and Family Matters

Medico Legal

Medico Legal

Christine also provides medico-legal reports for solicitors and health insurance companies regarding psychological injury following traumatic events such as road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, violent assault and clinical negligence.

As an expert witness, Christine can provide reports to include clinical interview, formal cognitive assessment and use of other psychometric measures to assess psychological functioning.  Christine will provide an efficient service and will complete reports within an agreed time scale with referrers.  Reports are individually tailored to the requested instructions and client circumstances.  

Supervision, Training and Consultancy

Supervision, Training and Consultancy

Christine offers clinical supervision and consultancy to a range of disciplines.  She holds a British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision and is happy to offer supervision and consultancy to a diverse range of disciplines including clinical psychologists, nurses, trainee psychologists and staff teams.  Christine also offers staff training and psychological consultancy to a variety of providers, including education, social and healthcare providers.  The training and consultancy that she provides covers many areas of Clinical as well as Forensic psychology.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Applied Psychology
  • MSC Forensic Psychology
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClin Psychol)

Professional Qualifications

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) – Expert Witness Training
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapist – British Isles DBT Intensive Training
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • ACAT – Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioners – Manchester, 2nd Year CAT practitioner Trainee – Ongoing

Fees

Psychological interventions

Initial Assessment Session

An initial meeting is arranged to discuss the issues and agree a treatment plan where appropriate. The initial clinical assessment appointment will last around 90 minutes, and collaboratively we will work together to ensure the psychologist obtains a clear understanding of your issues and difficulties. This initial appointment also allows you to get to know the psychologist better and ensure you are ready to embark on treatment if found suitable.  No additional charge is made for longer assessment appointments.  This fee includes an initial formulation and treatment plan which will be used as starting point for any future treatment intervention.

£ 120 per initial assessment 

On-going Treatment Sessions

Following the clinical assessment and suitability is established, if your decision is to continue to work with the psychologist arrangements for weekly appointments will be discussed.  In some cases, fortnightly sessions can be arranged.  The approximate number of sessions required may be discussed at this point.

£90 per hour

*All fees to be paid in advance of each session by bank transfer or by cash at the beginning of each session.  All major credit/debit cards are also accepted.

Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged at half the hourly rate of £45.  All appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged at the full hourly rate of £90.

Supervision, Training and Consultancy

Fees will be dependent on preparation time and hours required.  Fees to be discussed upon request.

Expert Witness

  • Court attendance is charged at £350 per half day and £600 per full day excluding travel.
  • Travelling time is calculated at £40 per hour and mileage is charged at 45p per mile.
  • Payment is required within 60 days from receipt of my invoice and report, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
  • Cancellation of court attendance with less than 48 hours’ notice will incur costs for preparation time already completed.
  • Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice will incur a half day fee of £350.
  • Nonattendance or cancellation of pre-booked appointments with less than 48 hours’ notice will incur a fee for preparation time and half day fee of £45.
  • Nonattendance or cancellation of appointments with less than 24 hours’ notice will incur a fee for preparation time and hourly fee of £90.

Fees for assessment sessions and reports

Legal Aid Clients – In line with Legal Aid Agency guidelines.

£130 per hour (privately funded clients)

Payment is required within 60 days of completion of report/treatment unless otherwise agreed.

Medico Legal

Assessment sessions and reports

£90 per hour (privately funded clients)

£110 per hour for third party insurers due to extra time for invoicing/admin

Payment is required within 60 days of completion of report/treatment unless otherwise agreed.

Psychological Interventions

Upon request Christine is also experienced in successfully treating various psychological disorders including:

Psychological Treatments

  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety and Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bereavement and adjustment to loss
  • Self-esteem / Assertiveness problems
  • Occupational Stress
  • Anger Management
  • Drugs and Alcohol

All psychological services are evidence based to ensure best practice and follow strict guidelines that ensure the best possible outcome for clients.

Fees

£90 per hour (privately funded clients)

£110 per hour for third party insurers due to extra time for invoicing/admin

Payment is required within 60 days of completion of report/treatment unless otherwise agreed.

For any further information regarding the above do not hesitate to contact me

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