Dr Antonia Dittner CPsychol
Dr Dittner is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with expertise in neurodevelopmental conditions in adults, specifically ADHD and autism. She has worked in the NHS for 20 years in different settings, much of the time with neurodevelopment conditions. She currently works for South London and Maudsley NHS Trust where she leads the National Adult ADHD and Autism Psychology Service.
As a clinical psychologist Dr Dittner has had broad training in a range of mental health conditions and therapeutic approaches. She uses evidence-based therapy models (such as CBT) and tailors these to clients’ needs and goals. Sessions may focus on understanding the neurodevelopmental condition, addressing core symptoms (such as time management and impulsivity), and/or on the emotional impact of the condition such as low self esteem, low mood and anxiety.
Dr Dittner has carried out research, including the first trial investigating an individually tailored CBT approach to treating adult ADHD which found CBT to be significantly better than usual treatment in reducing ADHD symptoms, improving functioning and reducing distress. She is also experienced in providing supervision, teaching and training.
Dr Dittner is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a full member of its Division of Clinical Psychology. She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is an affiliate member of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Dr Dittner holds the following qualifications: MA Psychology and Physiology, University of Oxford; Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
She has post doctorate training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), including ‘third-wave’ approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion-focused therapy and is also a qualified mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) instructor.