Dr Addila Khan

Dr Khan graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology and subsequently gained a PsychD from the University of Surrey in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology.

Dr Khan specialises in addiction, trauma and enduring mental health issues (including personality disorders). Besides her private practice (which includes expert witness), she currently works in west and northwest London with an agency sensitive to the needs of ethnic minorities and which specialises in alcohol and drug addiction. Dr Khan is fluent in English, as well as Urdu and Punjabi, with some Hindi. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups.

Dr Khan has worked in a variety of NHS settings, including: primary care, community mental health teams, and inpatient and outpatient adult psychotherapy departments. She has also worked in a variety of drug and alcohol settings and schools. Dr Khan has expertise in the delivery of the Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) programme in the context of addiction. In addition, Dr Khan has worked with clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and with different psychological presentations, including: childhood sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, learning disabilities, and long-term mental health issues.

Dr Khan has been trained to use several different theoretical models in practice, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and integrative psychotherapy.

Dr Khan maintains a special interest in the field of Pervasive Development Disorders (assessment and treatment) and holds further expertise in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) techniques. She is also recognised as a clinical supervisor by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Khan is a visiting lecturer at the University of Surrey on the doctorate course in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology, where she specialises in culture and psychotherapy, and expert witness work. In addition, Dr Khan is an external examiner for viva examinations and is recognised by several institutions.

Dr Khan has written a number of academic and conference papers. Her main research interest focuses on the effects of ethnicity on therapy, including the difficulties encountered by ethnic minorities and, in particular, the role of culture-sensitive variables within the therapeutic relationship. In this respect, she co-authored a chapter in Colin Lago (ed.), The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling & Psychotherapy (Open University Press, 2011).