Dr Kannika Tan Sukantarat
BSc (Psy), PhD, CSci (MBPsS), PG Dip (CBT)
Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Dr Sukantarat is a leading Psychologist specialising in the relationship between physical health and mental and emotional well-being. Over the course of her career she has gained rich experience in both the NHS and private sector working with patients with a range of problems. Her particular interest lies in the psychological consequences of physical illness, notably among surgical, oncological and intensive care patients. Besides assessment of quality of life, she has experience in various counselling techniques: Person-Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic Analysis, Rational Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused Therapy. However, her main clinical interest remains in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Born in Thailand, Dr Sukantarat has lived in London since 1985. Beginning with a background in Psychology, she obtained her BSc degree at Thames Valley University in 1999 with First Class Honours. She then completed a PhD at the University of London in Psycho-Oncology while attached to the Department of Surgery at Hammersmith Hospital. She was awarded her Doctoral Degree in 2008 together with an Imperial College Diploma in Psychology as Applied to Medicine. Her research entailed a study of the psychological conditions of patients with gastrointestinal cancer, in addition to the psychological ramifications of critical illness (intensive care survivors). Arising from this research, she has had a number of peer-reviewed publications in medical and psychological journals, together with a book chapter. Continuing her professional development, Dr Sukantarat obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology at the City University (London) in 2009 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Birmingham in 2011.
Within the NHS, Dr Sukantarat has worked closely with cancer and intensive care patients at Hammersmith Hospital and at two Macmillan Centres in London: the Lynda Jackson Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital and Meadow House Hospice at Ealing Hospital. She also joined the staff of the London Clinic in 2011 as a Psychologist.
Dr Sukantarat is an active member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Society (BABCP), the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and the Division of Counselling Psychology at the British Psychological Society (BPS). She has recently been awarded the status of Chartered Scientist by the BPS. A dedicated and compassionate Psychologist, Dr Sukantarat is committed to helping patients make sense of the problems they have faced and develop new and improved coping skills for the future.
Languages: English and Thai