Dr Denise Ratcliffe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with people who have physical health issues that affect their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Dr Ratcliffe works closely with the Dermatologists at The London Skin and Hair Clinic to provide an integrated approach to medical dermatology conditions and treatments.
Dermatology conditions, including hair loss and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, can have a significant impact on a person’s emotional health, self-esteem, confidence and body image. People may struggle with social anxiety or feeling self-conscious about their hair/skin condition, leading to avoidance and withdrawal from their daily life. The aim of psychological support is to help people develop psychological strategies to improve the way they adjust and cope with their physical health issues. Dr Ratcliffe tailors the psychological interventions to the needs of the patient and mainly uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This approach focuses on helping people develop active coping strategies.
Dr Denise Ratcliffe has worked in the NHS for the last 18 years. In 2009, she was appointed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and became Head of Adult Clinical Health Psychology at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Having completing her Clinical Psychology training, she went on to undertake specialist, advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (and is accredited as a CBT therapist by the BABCP). Dr Ratcliffe specialises in working with individuals who have physical health issues that affect their emotional and psychological health. She has worked with people with long term chronic physical health conditions, HIV, cardiac and respiratory conditions, obesity and bariatric surgery.
In addition to her clinical role, Dr Ratcliffe is an Associate Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London.