Dr Christine Botha-Webb Psychologist

Dr Christine Botha-Webb – Psychologist

Christine started her journey to being a psychologist completing her Bachelor’s and Honours degrees in South Africa.  She later trained as a counselling psychologist, completing her Master’s and post-Master’s degree in the UK in 2007, after which she completed her Doctoral degree in 2010.

Christine is passionate about her work with clients and strongly believes that people have the power to make meaningful and sustainable changes in their lives.  She is able to quickly build rapport and places a strong emphasis on therapeutic relationship with her clients.  Christine adopts a warm and flexible approach to therapy, considering her role to be that of a facilitator rather than an expert.  She uses evidence-based research to guide her modality and invites regular reviews with her clients to ensure that sessions remain helpful and useful.

She has been able to draw on her skill sets having worked across a multitude of settings in the UK, including London and Kent. She has worked with clients from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including prisoners, people with learning disabilities, adolescents, and adults within a primary care setting of the National Health Service, which is similar to Medicare.

Considering the relationship between her and her client to be of utmost importance, she utilises a number of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Inter Personal Therapy (IPT). She is skill in treating anxiety and depression, but also takes a positive psychology approach, using ACT to encourage her clients to build on their strengths and develop confidence in their sense of who they are.

She enjoys working with adults and adolescents experiencing difficulties ranging from mild symptoms of depression and anxiety, to those with more severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Christine places a great deal of value in continued development as she continually improves her skills as a practitioner.  Some of her previous job responsibilities were:

  • Provide specialist assessment and clinical formulation in relation to adults with learning disabilities who have additional mental health needs, psychological distress or challenging behaviour
  • Select and deliver evidence based psychological treatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions, drawing on a range of theoretical options
  • Select, administer and interpret psychometric tests
  • Assess and monitor risk, and draw up appropriate risk management plans
  • Contribute to service evaluation, audit and research
  • Contribute psychological expertise as part of a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary service
  • Designing and implementing a framework for Volunteer Counsellors to ensure consistency of working practices and to deliver ultimate improvements in service quality
  • Act as line manager to Volunteer Counsellors and provide clinical supervision when required
  • Personally responsible for providing one-to-one counselling and for conducting clinical assessments

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Doctorate of Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Science (Counselling Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (Cum Laude)
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia
  • Level A and Level B Psychometric Testing

Areas of Work

Adults & Adolescents

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depression including bipolar disorder
  • Early attachment difficulties
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • History of trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sleep problems
  • Social Problems
  • Stress
  • Work-related Stress

Educational Psychology

  • School refusal
  • Bullying at school

Treatment Approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focussed Therapy (SFT)
  •  Inter Personal Therapy (IPT)