Debra Potel

Debra Potel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with 20 years of experience in developing and delivering services for children, young people, parents and families across London.

Debra qualified as a clinical psychologist from the Institute of Psychiatry in 1992. She then went on to work at St George’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, East London and the City Mental Trust, and then as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Service Manager in Islington NHS Primary Care Trust. Debra is now in fulltime private practice.

Debra’s clinical expertise covers the full range of developmental, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. She has worked in GP practices providing support and advice on mild to moderate problems; in specialist outpatient teams for children and young people presenting with moderate to severe emotional and behavioural difficulties; in inpatient and outreach crisis units for young people presenting with acute levels of distress and highly complex mental health problems; in schools and pupil referral units providing assessment and treatment for troubled students and their families; in the development and delivery of support services for parents of teenagers: and in the design and provision of early identification and treatment services for children and young people.

In 2004 the Islington CAMHS Education Service, a multi-disciplinary child and adolescent mental health service to secondary schools and pupil referral units which Debra designed, developed and managed, together with its sister service to sure start and health centres, won the Guardian Public Service Award for Innovative Mental Health Services.

Debra has been heavily involved in teaching and training. She has provided academic, clinical and research training for the London and South East Clinical Psychology Training Courses; supervised the clinical practice of qualified clinical psychologists, systemic therapists, child psychotherapists, and nurses; lectured on multi-disciplinary MSc courses child development and child mental health; provided training to non-health professionals including teachers and magistrates, published articles and given papers at national and international conferences on clinical practice, service development and outcome measurement.

Debra has been an advisor at a national level on programmes within the MHF and DfES.

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“She was very relaxed and very easy to talk to. My son also felt comfortable and was happy to talk to her.”