Dr. Mary Claxton

Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent


Dr. Mary Claxton is a chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology and Division of Child and Educational Psychology and is licensed to practice by both the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD).  Dr. Claxton obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Clinical Health Sciences from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2012.

In the UK, Dr. Claxton has worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Paediatric Health Teams encompassing specialised Eating Disorder, Autism, ADHD, Learning Disability, Paediatric Plastics, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery and Cardiology and has experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and their families presenting with a range of varying mental health difficulties, including Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

Dr. Claxton is trained in the delivery of a variety of psychometric assessments, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2) used in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism. She has experience of working with a broad range of evidence based psychological interventions, namely Cognitive Behavioural, Systemic, Mindfulness, Positive Parenting and Person Centred approaches in both individual and group settings. She is also trained in the delivery of a number of specialist training programs, including the UK ‘Cygnet Parent Training Programme for parents with children on the Autistic Spectrum’, the Incredible Years School-age (6-12 years) Parenting Programme’ (Webster Stratton) and two school based programs the ‘CUES Ed ‘for primary school aged children and ‘Discover’, a CBT day training programme for adolescents.

In 2013, Dr Claxton moved to Abu Dhabi whereby she began working with children and their families in the UAE environment. She has led on assessment as well as evidence based individual and group interventions and provided specialist psychological advice and consultation to schools. Dr. Claxton is committed to working within services for children, young people and their families and believes in working with the entire system surrounding a child to ensure an effective and collaborative package of care. She joined Maudsley Health, Abu Dhabi, in September 2015.