Dr Ambika Vagadia

Clinical Psychologist, Child, Adolescent and Adult

 

Dr Ambika Vagadia is an Australian-trained clinical psychologist. She is licensed to practice by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and retains non-practising registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Dr Vagadia holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree (with First Class Honours) from Flinders University of South Australia (2008). She completed a combined Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University (2014). Her Honours and PhD theses were both in the area of applied experimental psychology, exploring how theories of metacognition (the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes) apply in two clinical contexts; emotion recognition in adolescents and adults with autism, and eyewitness memory across the age span.

Dr Vagadia has over 5 years of experience in the mental health sector and has worked across various clinical settings in Australia and the UK. In Australia, she worked with young people, adults and families in outpatient services, including an early intervention clinic for children with autism spectrum disorders, an adult community mental health team, and a resettlement service for families who arrived in South Australia with refugee status. In the UK, she worked with adults in a range of crisis and inpatient services, including a home treatment team, acute mental health wards and forensic mental health units. Prior to joining Maudsley Health in November 2018, Dr Vagadia worked as a clinical psychologist in a forensic medium secure unit in London, UK. In this role, she worked as part of multidisciplinary teams providing specialist inpatient assessment, treatment and violence risk management for adults detained under the mental health act. She also offered consultation to community mental health teams and worked within the unit’s family therapy service.

Dr Vagadia offers clinical support for a range of emotional, behavioural and social difficulties that may be experienced during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. She has a particular interest in working with adults and adolescents dealing with:

  • Mood-related difficulties (including depression and bipolar disorder)
  • Anxiety-related difficulties (including panic disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Difficulties related to relationships, life changes/transitions and identity
  • Grief and loss
  • Personality disorders (adults) and emerging interpersonal difficulties (adolescents)
  • Risk to self (including self-harm)
  • Risk to others (including violence and aggression)
  • Psychosis

Dr Vagadia is trained in the administration of standardized assessment tools and routinely uses these as part of mental health, cognitive, personality and violence risk assessments. Through clinical training and workplace-based continuing professional development opportunities, Dr Vagadia has received training in a range of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and related Third Wave CBT (e.g. Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused Therapy), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Family Therapy, Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Schema Therapy. She has pursued postgraduate specialized training in family therapy and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Approaches to working with Individuals, Families and Organisations from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in the UK (2018). Dr Vagadia values the role of both individual psychotherapy and family therapy/systemic approaches in supporting individuals with their difficulties, distress and recovery.