Dr Chad Shepherd, BA. (Hons), D.Clin.Psych, C.Psychol

Dr Shepherd is a chartered Clinical Psychologist with a decade of qualified experience. He obtained a first-class degree in Psychology at London South Bank University followed by a three-year doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London, undertaking clinical work, academic study and research. Chad works with children, adolescents, families, adults and/or couples, presenting with a wide variety of emotional and/or physical difficulties. In addition to his role with the IPC, Chad works as a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS at Kingston iCope IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy), helping people with a range of physical health and/or mental health issues.

As well as direct patient work, Chad offers supervision, training and consultations to fellow professionals around the psychological management of health difficulties in the treatment of long-term health conditions, chronic pain and medically unexplained symptoms. He has presented many talks and workshops about managing long-term health conditions and trauma, both nationally and internationally.

Physical Health

Chad works privately as part of the Clinical Health Psychology Team within The London Hypermobility Unit. He has expertise in helping people with pain and symptom management. He is highly skilled in providing interventions to help people manage complex conditions with multiple physical symptoms, including rheumatological problems. He also has extensive expertise in pain management, particularly with HSD (hypermobility spectrum disorder)/hEDS (hypermobility Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). Through this work he has developed and refined his skills in pain and fatigue management, motivation, rehabilitation and relapse prevention.

Emotional and Mental Health

Chad is calm, thoughtful and compassionate. Experienced in using a range of therapeutic approaches to help people presenting with common emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD, he specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing). Chad has a special interest in treating trauma and phobias. He draws upon a range of therapeutic frameworks including: ACT (acceptance & commitment therapy), CFT (compassion-focused therapy), EFT (emotional freedom technique), TFT (thought field therapy), and IEMT (integral eye movement technique)

Professional Accreditations

Chad is a member of the British Psychological Society and of its Division of Clinical Psychology. He is a member of the BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists). Chad is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Areas of Expertise

Adults – Young People – Children

  • Pain Management
  • Chronic Illness
  • Rheumatology
  • Hypermobility & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Health Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • OCD
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma