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Dr Xav Brooke


I am a Clinical Psychologist and the Co-founder of Forward Thinking. 


I started as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist in CAMHS in 2001, and have been working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist for over 15 years.


Before starting Forward Thinking with Lucinda, I worked within the NHS and Social Care in Specialist CAMHS for Children in Care; the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Forensic CAMHS; across Paediatric Services at Southampton General Hospital; and in Independent Practice.


I have the following qualifications:

  • DClinPsychol.Clinical Psychology – University of Southampton

  • MScHealth Psychology – University of Southampton

  • BSc(Hons) Psychology – University of Southampton


During my time in the NHS I specialised in assessing and helping children, young people and families who were experiencing complex difficulties and/or trauma.  In addition to therapy, I regularly provided specialist training, consultation and supervision to professionals from Health, Education and Social Care. 


I was an Honorary Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Mental Health for the Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton for over 10 years, contributing several teaching sessions each year. 


These days I dedicate all my time to working at Forward Thinking, and I co-ordinate our therapeutic service.  I am privileged to be able to  provide therapy for children and young people with a wide variety of presenting difficulties. 


I am, trained in a range of evidence-based approaches including CBT, EMDR, ACT and Narrative Therapy.

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