I am Dr Neesha Patel a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Health Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
I have worked in the NHS and in NHS funded Specialist Adult Weight Management Services for over 5 years, and during this time have helped supervise, design, and lead the delivery of the psychological services. I am currently working with a private health and well-being organisation to help improve mental health and support lifestyle behaviour change of a wide range of client groups.
I specialise in helping people to explore and understand their relationship with food and identify any eating behaviours (binge, emotional and overeating), which may impact weight management and lifestyle behaviours such as stress, exercise, and diet. I am passionate about helping people to change their behaviour and adopt a healthy lifestyle using psychological techniques.
Through my doctoral research and experience, I have specific knowledge and expertise in the psychological aspects of obesity and diabetes management. I have also featured on various media outlets (TV, radio, and newspaper articles) and international conferences to talk about diabetes, obesity, and health behaviours. I am also an author of several peer-review journal articles and have written a chapter in the forthcoming Health Psychology in Clinical Practice book.
Prior to working with clients, I conduct a specialist psychological assessment using a biopsychosocial approach to help understand client needs. I then use a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions (Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Mindful Eating) to tailor, support and empower clients to make and sustain long-term lifestyle behaviour changes (e.g., creating healthy eating habits, improving relationship with food, reducing stress, and improving sleep).
I also have expertise in conducting psychological assessments to assess suitability for bariatric surgery and advising clients on any behaviour or lifestyle changes required ahead of surgery to ensure clients are fully prepared for bariatric surgery.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, cooking, reading, travelling, and listening to podcasts and spending time with my family.