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Foundation for Clinical Interventions (FFCI) is a London-based boutique psychiatry clinic specialising in ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties and related neurodevelopment disorders. Our specialists are highly qualified with years of experience in the private, public health and education sector.





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Meet the Team

The FFCI is led by a team of highly trained specialists. They include:



Dr. Bijal Chheda-Varma

Dr. Bijal Chheda-Varma

The founder and director of the FFCI. She is a consultant Chartered Psychologist and CBT therapist who specializes in various strands of cognitive-behavioral interventions. Bijal sees a wide spectrum of clinical and complex psychological conditions such as the bi-polar spectrum, eating disorders, obesity, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Bijal specializes in the process of assessment and diagnosis of conditions based on psychometric and neuro-psychiatric tools. A central area of her expertise is in the complex assessment and treatment of Asperger’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD. She also provides psychometric testing for expert witness and formal diagnosis of psychiatric conditions.

Bijal started her career as a lead psychologist at an inpatient second stage rehabilitation unit for addictions with complex patients. She then worked in the NHS until 2008 when she joined Florence Nightingale Hospital where she was the Lead clinician for the CBT team. As part of her work at the Nightingale Hospital, she was seconded for a period of three years to The Practitioner Health Programme (treating sick doctors and dentists) where she provided CBT and neuropsychiatric evaluations. She runs other private clinics at The Blue Door Practice and Wimpole street.

Since 2015, Bijal has extensively focused on using behavioral interventions for improving performance at school or university, attaining optimum performance, elite sports performance and managing motivations and goals. This is focused on helping people become aware of their learning approach and use it to attain and sustain high performance.
Through the FFCI, Bijal will be offering specialist workshops for clinicians for the treatment of ADD/ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Bijal holds several research interests and keeps her fingers dipped in academia and research through doctorate supervision and examination.

Currently, she is...
Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Registered Practitioner Psychologist
Member of British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Licensed psychometric and psychological assessor by the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTC – British Psychological Society)
Honorary Chair of Special Interest Group for Eating Disorders (BABCP).

Clinics:
Nightingale Hospital, Marylebone, London
The Blue Door Clinic, Gloucester Place, London
Wimpole street clinic, London

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Dr. Bijal Chheda-Varma


Dr Sarah Crawford

Dr Sarah Crawford

Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working within the field of mental health. She has a range of experience working both within primary and secondary care and for long-term and short term therapy. She generally works on a one to one basis however also facilitates group therapy and occasionally sees couples and families.

Sarah works with children and adults with a variety of mental health difficulties and specializes in complex cases. She also has a keen interest in psychological testing across the lifespan, especially in regards to early intervention for psychological difficulties.

In her work in mental health, Sarah utilizes an integrative approach as she does not believe that one size fits all. Her integrative approach includes CBT, Psychodynamic principles, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Schema Therapy, to name but a few.

Currently, Sarah works in her own private practice in South Kensington and as the Lead Psychologist for FFCI. She additionally sees patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis at the Nightingale Hospital, London. Previously, she was based within the NHS as part of South London and the Maudsley (SLAM) working with personality disorders, trauma, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. Prior to her time in SLAM, she was based in Central North West London within the Drug and Alcohol Teams in Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham where she worked with individuals and families.

She greatly enjoys working with young people as well as adults and has previously worked within schools for learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and behavioral difficulties both in the UK and USA.

- DPsych Counselling Psychology

- MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology

- BSc Psychology

- BPS Chartered Psychologist

- HCPC Registered

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Dr Sarah Crawford


MEDIA HUB

FFCI in the News

Read some of our recent media interviews and articles:

Sep 2019

The Evening Standard

Like most obsessions, it started benignly enough; like most modern antics, it began with an app. “I started using My Fitness Pal a few years ago when I embarked on a health kick,” explains one thirtysomething Londoner. “I was seriously exercising for the first time in my life, and wanted to track the calories I was burning while I ran. The app seemed like a really simple way to lose weight and avoid embarrassing and often demotivating WeightWatchers weigh-ins.” ”

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Sep 2019

The Telegraph

Chubby children and thin mums: Meet the frightened feeder mother. When 37-year-old Elizabeth* saw her seven-year-old daughter Poppy* playing on the beach with friends last summer she felt a pang of shame and guilt when she noticed Poppy was noticeably rounder th

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Sep 2019

Podcast – Girl Chaat

Bijal, a chartered psychologist and CBT therapist with over fifteen years experience, shares her fascinating thoughts on the key issues effecting the mental health of British South Asian women. We find out about trans-generational trauma and how the impact of partition is still effecting British South Asians many generations later. We also get some advice on how to choose a therapist and lots more.

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Sep 2019

Huffington Post

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects roughly 1.2% of the UK population, equating to 12 in 1000 people. “OCD is often thought of in individuals who like order and symmetry, however it is much more than that,” Dr Sarah Crawford, counselling psychologist at Nightingale Hospital, tells HuffPost UK. “There is often a hidden side to OCD which leads to intense distress and feelings that one is going mad in some way.”

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Sep 2019

ITV News

Forty to 60% of patients referred to a leading eating disorder therapist are having their conditioned worsened by social media. Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma at the Nightingale clinic in London told ITV News she was concerned about the growing number of these sites, how unregulated they are and how little is being done to tackle the problem.

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Sep 2019

Netdoctor

With work, family and relationship commitments often taking priority, it's easy to focus your energy on making sure everybody else is happy and forget about yourself. With one in four people suffering with mental health problems each year, it's more important than ever to set aside some time to focus on number one. We speak to Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, a psychologist at the Nightingale Hospital and Stephen Buckley, head of information at Mind, about the importance of looking after yourself and how to practise self-care.

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