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.
Areas of expertise include:
- Adjusting to physical health conditions
- Specialist interest in visible differences
- Anxiety, phobias, panic attacks
- Appearance related concerns
- Social anxiety
- Depression and low mood
- Self-esteem related concerns
- Adherence to medication/ diet /lifestyle changes
Dr Ratcliffe works closely with the Dermatologists at The London Skin and Hair Clinic supporting patients with hair loss and scalp conditions and dermatology conditions affecting their skin, hair, scalp, nails and genitals.
Dr Ratcliffe’s availability and current schedule is available here or email Dr Ratcliffe directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New patient consultations are up to one hour.
Follow-up appointments are one hour.
All fees are payable on the day of the appointment and an itemised invoice can be provided.
Dr Ratcliffe is a member of the following professional organisations:
- Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS – membership no. 97722).
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC – Practitioner Psychologist, registration no. PYL 20766).
- Accredited CBT therapist with British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies – registration no. 030071
Education and Training
Dr Denise Ratcliffe obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2002. Prior to this, she obtained an MSc In Health Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology. She has completed advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is accredited by the BABCP.
Publications and Press
Publications include the following:
- Ratcliffe, D. (2018). Living with Bariatric Surgery: Managing your Mind and your Weight. Routledge.
- Ratcliffe, D., Doyle, J., Sogg, S & Rassool, S. (2016).Letter to the Editor: Comment on “The Impact of Psychological Support on Weight Loss Post Weight Loss Surgery: a Randomised Control Trial”. Obesity Surgery, 26, 4, 859-860.
- Ratcliffe, D. (2015). Psychological Assessment of the Bariatric Surgery Patient.In S. Agrawal (Ed.), Obesity and Bariatric Surgery: A Practical Guide. New York: Springer.
- Ratcliffe, D., Sogg, S. & Friedman (2014). Letter to the Editor: A comparative study of three year weight loss and outcomes after laparoscopic gastric bypass in patients with “yellow light” psychological clearance. Obesity Surgery, DOI 10.1007/s11695-014-1445-1.
- Ratcliffe, D., Ali, R., Ellison, N., Khatun, M. & Coffey, C. (2014) Bariatric Psychology in the UK National Health Service: input across the patient pathway. BMC Obesityhttp://www.biomedcentral.com/2052-9538/1/1/20
- Nightingale, A., Ratcliffe, D., Leonidou, L., Margetts, A., Asboe, D., Gazzard. B, Catalan, J., Barber, TJ(2014). HIV-related neurocognitive impairment screening: the patient’s perspective on its utility and psychological impact. AIDS Care, 26, 8, 1036-1041.
- Barber, T., Bradshaw, D., Hughes, D. J., Margetts, A., Ratcliffe, D., Thornton, S., Pozniak, A., Asboe, D., Mandalia, S., Boffito, M. & Catalan J. (2014). Screening for HIV related neurocognitive impairment – challenges and opportunities. AIDS Care, 26, 2, 160-168.
- Ratcliffe, D. & Ellison, N. (2013).Obesity and internalised weight stigma: a formulation model for an emerging psychological problem. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Advance online publication.http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1352465813000763
- Ratcliffe, D., Khatun, M. & Ali, R. (2012). Psychological gains and losses following bariatric surgery: a patient survey. Clinical Psychology Forum, 239, 40-45.
Ratcliffe D. (2009).The development of a psychological service in an NHS weight loss surgery clinic.Clinical Psychology Forum, 204.20-24.
- Ratcliffe, D., Macleod, A. &Sensky, T. (2006). Anxiety in patients who have had a myocardial infarction: The maintaining role of perceived physical sensations and causal attributions. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 34, 201-217.
- Fallowfield, L., Ratcliffe, D., Jenkins, V. & Saul, J. (2001).Psychiatric morbidity and its recognition by doctors in patients with cancer.British Journal of Cancer, 84, 8, 1011-1015.
- Ford, S., Hall, A. Ratcliffe, D. &Fallowfield L. (2000). The Medical Interaction Process System (MIPS): An instrument for analysing interviews of oncologists and patients with cancer. Social Science & Medicine, 50, 4, 553-566.
- Ratcliffe, D., Souhami, A., Ford, S. &Fallowfield, L (1998). Patientsatisfaction with communication: a new instrument. Patient Education & Counselling, 34, 1, 24.
- Fallowfield, L., Ratcliffe, D. &Souhami, R. (1997). Clinicians Attitudes to Clinical Trials of Cancer Therapy.European Journal of Cancer, 33, 13, 2221-2229.