Nos Curare (formerly FFCI) is a psychology and mental health clinic in Central London that specialises in assessments, diagnoses and treatments using up-to-date and efficacious methods.  The clinic specialises in building personalized profiles and treatment plans to increase psychological insight and awareness in individuals. We offer the latest techniques for stress management and resilience training.

We also specialise in assessments, diagnosis and treatment for neuro-developmental, co-morbid disorders and neuro-cognitive conditions.

The Nos Curare Team

Meet the Nos Curare Team

Nos Curare is led by a team of highly-trained and qualified specialists. They include:

Dr Bijal Chheda Varma, Founder, Director & Chartered Psychologist, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

The founder and director of Nos Curare (formerly FFCI). She is a consultant Chartered Psychologist and CBT therapist who specialises in various strands of cognitive-behavioural interventions. 

Bijal sees a wide spectrum of clinical and complex psychological conditions such as the bi-polar spectrum, eating disorders, obesity, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Bijal specialises in the process of assessment and diagnosis of conditions based on psychometric and neuro-psychiatric tools. A central area of her expertise is in the complex assessment and treatment of Asperger’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD. She also provides psychometric testing for expert witness and formal diagnosis of psychiatric conditions.

Bijal started her career as a lead psychologist at an inpatient second-stage rehabilitation unit for addictions with complex patients. She then worked in the NHS until 2008 when she joined Florence Nightingale Hospital where she was the Lead clinician for the CBT team. As part of her work at the Nightingale Hospital, she was seconded for three years to The Practitioner Health Programme (treating sick doctors and dentists) where she provided CBT and neuropsychiatric evaluations. She worked at other private clinics at The Blue Door Practice and Wimpole Street.

Since 2015, Bijal has extensively focused on using behavioural interventions for improving performance at school or university, attaining optimum performance, elite sports performance and managing motivations and goals. This is focused on helping people become aware of their learning approach and use it to attain and sustain high performance.

Through Nos Curare, Bijal will be offering specialist workshops for clinicians for the treatment of ADD/ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders. Bijal holds several research interests and keeps her fingers dipped in academia and research through doctorate supervision and examination.

Currently, she is…

  • Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Member of British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Licensed psychometric and psychological assessor by the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTC – British Psychological Society)
  • Honorary Chair of Special Interest Group for Eating Disorders (BABCP).

Accreditations

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Justin Stephenson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Justin is an HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Justin holds expertise and a keen passion in the process of assessment and diagnosis of conditions based on psychometric and neuro-psychiatric tools. Alongside complex assessments and treatment of Asperger’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD he has a specialism in all other neurocognitive assessments and psychometric testing.

In relation to treatment and therapy, Justin works with individuals on both a short and long-term basis and works from an integrative and relational perspective using Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centred approach to suit each client’s needs.

Justin has worked in a variety of settings within the NHS and Private Sector; including Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT), Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, Acute Inpatient Hospitals, Day Therapy Services and Outpatients.

Dr Sarah Crawford, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. She has a range of experience working both within primary and secondary care and for long-term and short-term therapy. She generally works on a one-to-one basis however also facilitates group therapy and occasionally sees couples and families.

Sarah works with children and adults with a variety of mental health difficulties and specializes in complex cases. She also has a keen interest in psychological testing across the lifespan, especially in regard to early intervention for psychological difficulties.

In her work in mental health, Sarah utilizes an integrative approach as she does not believe that one size fits all. Her integrative approach includes CBT, Psychodynamic principles, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Schema Therapy, to name but a few.

Currently, Sarah works in her own private practice in South Kensington and as the Lead Psychologist for FFCI. She additionally sees patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis at the Nightingale Hospital, London. Previously, she was based within the NHS as part of South London and the Maudsley (SLAM) working with personality disorders, trauma, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. Prior to her time in SLAM, she was based in Central North West London within the Drug and Alcohol Teams in Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham where she worked with individuals and families.

She greatly enjoys working with young people as well as adults and has previously worked within schools for learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and behavioural difficulties both in the UK and USA.

  • DPsych Counselling Psychology
  • MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist
  • HCPC Registered

Accreditations

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Sanna, Psychotherapist & clinical-supervisor, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Sanna is a BABCP accredited CBT psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with over a decade of experience in both the NHS and the private sector. In the span of her career, Sanna has worked with children, adolescents and adults presenting with an array of common and complex mental health difficulties and neuro-developmental issues, ranging from post traumatic stress disorder and OCD to eating disorders and psychosis.

She is a trained and experienced EMDR therapist. EMDR can be highly effective when supporting people with neuro-developmental issues who are experiencing symptoms of trauma. CBT and EMDR can be valuable approaches in addressing various mental health issues that are specific to women’s health and neurodivergence, for example:

  • Perinatal Loss, Miscarriage and Birth Trauma
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), PCOS and PMDD
  • Fertility Issues and Infertility
  • Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Body Image Concerns

Sanna recognises how life-limiting and isolating it can be to live with these difficulties and how many of you have felt frustrated, unseen and unheard. She has dedicated over a decade to researching, training and devising treatment programmes specifically to support women.

She has experience working in both primary and secondary care, supporting clients on a short-term and long-term basis. Currently, Sanna splits her time between working for the NHS Trust where she delivers one-to-one and group CBT therapy and offering clinical supervision to fellow qualified and trainee therapists, and her private practice. She works primarily as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) principles in her clinical practice.

  • PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • PGCert in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies
  • BSc in Psychology
Farideh, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Farideh has a track record of providing high-quality mental health services in English and Persian, drawing on her experience with international clients in the NHS and private sector.

Recognising the uniqueness of each individuals mental health, she adopts a relational approach to meet each person’s distinct needs. Her work focuses on aiding adolescents, adults, and families facing emotional distress, ensuring they feel safe, at ease, and understood throughout therapy. She blends evidence-based interventions such as CBT to tailor her approach. Her specialisations cover areas such as neurodevelopmental issues, addictions, anxiety, culture and identity related concerns, depression, OCD, and trauma. She has collaborated with universities such as King’s College London to produce specialised research and has taught as a guest lecturer at Imperial College London.

Her specific experience extends to working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, particularly focusing on those who’ve grown up amidst multiple cultures, including expats and second generation children and adults. She is presently in the concluding phase of her doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology and holds registration with both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Counselling Psychology (Preceptorship)
  • MSc Affective Disorders
  • BSc Psychology
Giuseppe Rosano, Business Consultant, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London
Giuseppe Rosano is a business and commercial consultant with a wealth of experience spanning over 24 years. His expertise in business and personal passion for mental wellbeing brought him towards Nos Curare. His core business background belongs to the maritime and corporate world.

Following 16 years of the corporate world,  Giuseppe rose to the level of senior director at one of the world’s largest ship brokerage firms. Despite recognising all of the benefits of working at such an established company, he found himself restricted.

As a result, in 2007, he founded his own company which is a specialist in his field and recognized worldwide. Using a less conventional, more individualised approach, his company aims to maintain long-term relationships that are built upon information, trust, and discretion. It became clear that working differently, on a smaller scale, would offer singular advantages – including the room to truly focus on a client’s needs with flexibility and creativity.

He brings a similar style and passion to the mental well-being sector which elevates patient needs at the heart of the clinic’s work.

Kim Page, Business Consultant, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Kim has worked across Social Care and Health Care for over 20 years, as a commercial leader of services in the healthcare sector. As a ‘Responsible Individual’ and Managing Director, Kim has been engaged with the evolution of telehealth and telecare for over a decade.

Her success is in her approach, strategically aligning with stakeholder values, and enabling services to maximize the value of digital health through technology and people, for the best possible outcomes.  She has been instrumental in influencing National initiatives (2013 ‘3m Lives’) as well as local services, particularly in Telehealth and Telecare.

A passion for people has also meant that Kim has mentored both Founders and businesses bringing innovation to the sector through Wayra UK and Healthbox. Her passion is now extended towards supporting Nos Curare to blend clinical innovation and care towards patients.

Since 2016, Kim has devoted her time to Isoshealth (Isosconnect) where she identified the opportunity for multidisciplinary practice to positively disrupt the private therapeutic space.  Focused on utility, vision and value, Kim has placed an exemplary team around her vision of One digital home for all types of therapists, to build, operate and grow a private practice in a digital age.

‘Isos’ means equal – Kim and those working with her along the journey believe everyone should have equal access to the information and support they need to feel happy, fit and healthy, through experts.

Paul, Assistant Psychologist, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Paul is an assistant psychologist at Nos Curare, under the clinical guidance of Dr Bijal. Paul is also an aspiring clinical psychologist and is passionate about exploring alternative solutions to complex mental health disorders.

He has a wealth of experience working in the social care sector as a team leader, working with children and young adults with learning difficulties, Autism and acquired brain injuries. Paul showed an aptitude for developing behaviour support strategies for young people with severe challenging behaviour.

Paul is also a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) practitioner. He treats a variety of patients with treatment-resistant disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, Addiction and Fibromyalgia (Chronic Pain).

Paul works with compassion and patience. His knowledge gained throughout his academic career is incomparable to his dedicated work with his patients and service users.

Stacey Marie, Personal Assistant, Nos Curare Psychology Clinic, London

Prior to working with Dr. Bijal and the Nos Curare team, Stacey worked in the corporate world for 15 years in a variety of administrative and personal assistant roles.

Stacey provides administrative support to the team and customer service, being the first point of contact, dealing with the bookings process workload and managing diaries.

Litsa Surla – Nos Curare Assistant Psychologist, Research and Development

Litsa is an Assistant Psychologist at Nos Curare. She provides clinical and research support for the clinic under the supervision of Bijal Chheda-Varma. Litsa will be embarking on her clinical psychology training and indicates great promise of being a passionate psychologist.

Litsa has experience both in the NHS and private practice, having worked with people with various mental health difficulties, in particular adolescents and adults with mood disorders, eating disorders, psychosis, and personality disorders.

She has worked as an Assistant Psychologist in Early Intervention Services in Psychosis and has undertaken research and service audits in the NHS. She has provided individual CBT therapy and group mindfulness-based therapy.

Litsa is passionate about innovative psychological interventions and research and is currently an Ambassador for the research charity, MQ Mental Health.

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