BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsy, Registered Psychologist (SIN & UK)
Dr Josephine Carlisle is a UK and Singapore registered Clinical Psychologist. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London where she practiced as a Clinical Psychologist in the National Health Service before emigrating to Singapore in 2015.
Josephine’s comprehensive UK training and subsequent practise afforded her experience in a variety of areas, including working with children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and other learning disabilities, and working with adults providing assessment and treatment for depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and bereavement issues. She has a particular interest in working with anxiety issues such as OCD, specific phobias, panic disorder, and agoraphobia and had spent time in London developing and implementing a community based treatment programme for people with such issues.
Josephine also has a specialist knowledge of personality issues and worked as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist for several years, helping to support those who had experienced traumatic backgrounds and or difficulties in relationships, identity, mood, suicidal and self harming behaviours, addiction issues and eating disorders. She is a proficient Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and also draws on her knowledge and experience of other therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systemic and Solution Focused approaches. She draws on these models to work collaboratively and flexibly with her clients.
Josephine also has a specialism in Forensic Psychology and worked with offenders with mental health issues in the UK. In her previous role with the Singapore Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) she mostly worked with vulnerable children, adolescents and their families, who experienced difficulties such as ADHD, intellectual disabilities and behavioural problems including criminal behaviours. She developed expertise in problematic sexual behaviours and abuse in children, adolescents and adults and provided assessment and both individual and group therapies to address these problematic behaviours. She has provided specialist training workshops in how to communicate with children who have been victims, witnesses and perpetrators of problematic sexual behaviours and abuse. Her forensic experience, which has included conducting risk assessments and preparing reports for the courts have helped to build her expertise in conducting detailed and comprehensive assessments.
Josephine also offers clinical supervision services and whilst at MSF was a practicum supervisor for National University of Singapore’s clinical training programme.
In her private sector work Josephine has helped expatriate clients with a variety of issues, including relationship and post natal difficulties and she looks forward to continuing to work in Singapore’s diverse community. Josephine believes the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship she builds with her clients and takes pride in her ability to make people feel comfortable and at ease.