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ABOUT DR. LOUMIDIS
 

 
Dr Loumidis received all his academic and clinical training in the UK.

He is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a Chartered Psychologist, a Registered Clincial Psychologist, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, a Registered Expert Witness and the Director of Expert Psychologists Ltd.


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Academic Qualifications
Dr Loumidis was educated in the UK and was awarded the following degrees:

.  Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester (Clin.Psy.D.)
.  Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Keele University (Ph.D.)
.  Master of Arts in Community Care, Keele University (M.A.)
.  Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University College London (B.Sc., Hons.)

Professional Titles
Dr Loumidis has the following professional titles:

.  Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society (C.Psychol.)
.  Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society (C.Psychol.)
.  Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (H.C.P.C.)
.  Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (A.F.B.Ps.S.)

Professional Membership
Dr Loumidis is registered with the following professional bodies:

.  The Health and Care Professions Council (H.C.P.C.)
.  The British Psychological Society (B.Ps.S.)
.  The Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society (D.C.P.- B.Ps.S.)
.  The Association of Child Psychologists on Private Practice (A.Ch.P.P.P) 

Registration as an Expert Witness
Dr Loumidis is registered with the following expert witnesses' organisations:

.  The Law Society Directory of Expert Witnesses
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  The British Psychological Society Directory of Expert Witnesses
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  The Academy of Expert Witnesses (AEW)
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  The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' (APIL) Directory of Expert Witnesses
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  The UK Register of Expert Witnesses
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  The Online Directory of UK Expert Witnesses
.  The Society of Expert Witnesses (SEW)

Professional Clinical Training
After receiving his first degree in psychology at University College London in 1989, Dr Loumidis underwent further postgraduate training and obtained an MA and a research PhD from Keele University. He then underwent doctoral clinical training, which involved academic teaching, supervised clinical placements and clinical research. He was  awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester in 1996, which is a recognised qualification by the British Psychological Society and subsequently earned the title ‘Chartered Clinical Psychologist’.

Occupational History
After his academic and professional clinical training,
Dr Loumidis began practicing as a Clinical Psychologist at the North Manchester General Hospital (1996-1997).  He then worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Thameside  Eating Disorder Service at Basildon Hospital, whilst holding an Honorary Lectureship at University College London (1997-1998).  He was then a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester, whilst practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in Psychological Trauma and Physical Health at Leicester General Hospital (1998-2001).  Dr Loumidis subsequently took a substantive Consultant Clinical Psychologist post at Kidderminster Hospital, working in primary and secondary care mental health services, where he was Head of the Wyre Forest Primary Care Counselling Service and an Honorary Member of Staff at the University of Birmingham (2001-2005).  In 2002, he became an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  Having worked privately since 1996 on a part-time basis, in 2005 he moved on to full-time private practice and established Expert Psychologists Ltd, an independent clinical psychology practice in London and the Midlands, where he is the Director and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in active clinical practice. Dr Loumidis is also a Registered Independent Expert Witness in the field of clinical psychology.

What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and other professionals?
Dr Loumidis is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Here is an explanation of these professional titles and how they differ from other professionals:

.  Consultant Clinical Psychologists are highly experienced chartered clinical psychologists. This is the highest grade in the NHS.

.  Chartered Clinical Psychologists are clinical psychologists who have earned their Chartered Membership of
the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. They adhere to strict professional standards and are expected to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in order to update their knowledge and skills.

.  Clinical Psychologists are psychologists with a recognised university degree in psychology, followed by 2-3 years of pre-qualification clinical or research experience, followed by three years of professional doctorate training in clinical psychology. They are not medical doctors.  Clinical training involves supervised practice on the NHS, academic teaching at university, and doctoral level clinical research. Clinical psychologists are qualified in the assessment and treatment of difficulties ranging from mild non-clinical problems, to severe and complex psychiatric problems. When they qualify they now become Doctors in Clinical Psychology. This can be a little confusing as they are Doctors of Clinical Psychology, not Doctors of Medicine. They are trained in a variety of different therapies and are in a good position to assess you for the type of therapy you might need, and often are able to provide it.

.  Psychologists have obtained a university degree in psychology, which entitles them to call themselves a Psychologist, but this degree on its own is not a professional qualification. This is similar to other professions; for example a university degree in law, is not a sufficient qualification to practice as a solicitor or as a barrister. In a similar way, for psychologists to be able to offer psychological services, they must undergo further professional training, for example in educational, occupational, counselling or clinical psychology. They can then become members of one of the professional divisions of the British Psychological Society, such as the Division of Clinical Psychology and earn the title 'Chartered Clinical Psychologist'.

.  Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors with further training and specialisation in treating mental disorders from a medical perspective and are trained and qualified to prescribe medication. Consultant Psychiatrists hold the most senior NHS grade in psychiatry .

.  Psychotherapists are usually highly trained in one particular type of therapy, and may come from a range of professional backgrounds, for example social work, teaching, psychology or psychiatry. They have an in depth knowledge of that therapy (e.g. cognitive behavioural), but are often not overly familiar with other forms.

.  Counsellors are trained in counselling theory and skills, usually at a certificate or diploma level. They may be qualified to work with one group of problems (e.g., bereavement counselling or marital counselling) or with one particular form of therapy such as client centered (humanistic) therapy, but not always.

Academic Expertise
Dr Loumidis has held academic positions at the University College London, the University of Leicester, the University of Keele, and the University of Birmingham. He has trained and supervised over a 100 trainees and clinicians in a range of psychological matters. He has lectured extensively to lay and expert audiences. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications in peer reviewed books and journal publications where he has been asked to be a reviewer. He has been a member of various university and NHS committees.

Continuing Professional Development
Dr Loumidis continues to update his knowledge and skills by attending training events, workshops, conferences and by conducting further research and study. As a minimum, he spends 40 hours per year on continuing professional development activities.

Peer Reviewed Publications & Conference Presentations

.  Linley, P.A., Joseph, S., & Loumidis, K. (2005). Trauma work, sense of coherence, and positive and negative changes in therapists. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 74, 185-188.

.  Loumidis, K. & Wells, A. (2001). Exercising for the wrong reasons: Relationships among eating disorder
beliefs, maladaptive exercise beliefs and coping. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 8, 416-423.

.  Loumidis, K. & Payne, A. (2001). Exercising for the wrong reasons: Relationships with body image anxiety
and depression. Paper presented at the Centenary Conference of the British Psychological Society, London

.  Cunningham, A., Loumidis, K. & Button, E. (2000). Dimensions of metacognitive belief in patients with eating disorders A preliminary clinical investigation. Paper presented at the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, London.

.  Loumidis, K. (1999). Psychopathology in exercisers: Clinical features in early assessment, in (Eds.)
H. Steinberg & I. Cockerill, Sports psychology in practice: The early stages. The British Psychological Society, Sports and Exercise Section, Leicester: The British Psychological Society.

.  Loumidis, K. & Wells, A. (1998). Assessment of beliefs in exercise dependence: The development and preliminary validation of the exercise beliefs questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 25, 553-567.

.  Loumidis, K. (1998). Professional and ethical issues in sports and exercise settings. In I. Cockerill, A. Dewey
& H. Steinberg (Eds.). What sports and exercise psychologists do. Leicester, The British Psychological Society.

.  Stenfert Kroese, B., Dagnan, D. & Loumidis, K. (1997). Cognitive behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities. London, Routledge.

.  Loumidis, K. & Hill, A.B. (1997). Social problem solving groups for adults with learning disabilities. In
B. Stenfert Kroese, D. Dagnan & K. Loumidis (Eds.) Cognitive behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities. London, Routledge.

.  Loumidis, K. & Hill, A.B. (1997). Training in groups with intellectual disabilities in social problem solving skills to reduce maladaptive behaviour: The influence of individual difference factors. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 10, 3, 217-238.

.  Loumidis, K. & Shropshire, J.M. (1997). The effects of waiting time on appointment attendance and length of psychological treatment, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 14, 2, 49-54.

.  Loumidis, K. (1996). Measures of exercise addiction and the development of the exercise beliefs
questionnaire. Paper presented at the Joint Clinical Conference of the Division of Clinical Psychology British Psychological Society Conference, Ambleside.

.  Loumidis, K. & Wells, A. (1996). The exercise beliefs questionnaire: Development and preliminary validation. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Conference, London.

.  Shropshire, J.M. & Loumidis, K. (1996). Development of the pre-adolescent attitudes towards a physical education questionnaire (PAAPEQ). In C. Robson, B. Cripps & H. Steinberg (Eds.). Quality and quantity:
Research methods in sports and exercise psychology. Leicester, The British Psychological Society.

.  Shropshire, J.M. & Loumidis, K. (1996). The pre-adolescent attitudes towards a physical education questionnaire (PAAPEQ). Paper presented at British Psychological Society Sports and Exercise Psychology
Section, London.

.  Loumidis, K. & Roxborough, H. (1995). A cognitive behavioural approach to excessive exercising. In
J. Annett, B. Cripps & H. Steinberg (Eds.). Exercise addiction: Motivation for participation in sport and exercise. Leicester, The British Psychological Society.

.  Loumidis, K. & Roxborough, H. (1995). A cognitive behavioural approach to excessive exercising. Paper presented at British Psychological Society Sports and Exercise Psychology Section, Warwick.

.  Loumidis, K. (1992). Can social problem solving training help people with learning difficulties?. In D.R. Trent (Ed.) The promotion of mental health. Aldershot, Avebury Press.

.  Loumidis, K. (1992). Can social problem solving training help people with learning difficulties?. Paper
presented at the First Annual Conference on The Promotion of Mental Health, Staffordshire.

.  Loumidis, K. (1992). Cognitive behavioural approaches for people with learning disabilities. Symposium conducted at the British Psychological Society Conference, London. (Convenor & Chair).

.  Loumidis, K. (1992). Evaluating social problem solving groups for adults with learning disabilities. In
K. Loumidis (Chair). Cognitive behavioural approaches for people with learning disabilities. Symposium conducted
at the British Psychological Society Conference, London.

.  Loumidis, K. & Hallam, R.S. & Cadge, B. (1991). The effect of written reassuring information on out-patients complaining of tinnitus. British Journal of Audiology, 25, 105-109.

 


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