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About Amy Stoddard-Ajayi

Amy Stoddard-Ajayi is an Anthropologist, Mental Health Clinician, Service Development Consultant, University Lecturer and Trainer specialising in the clinical application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the development and redesign of health services for the NHS and private sector. 

Amy runs a private CBT clinic in West Sussex. To enquire about having therapy with Amy, go to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tab above.

Amy has been a Consultant Advisor to some of the largest NHS Trusts and Private Healthcare providers operating in the UK. Her research, which focused on equality of access to UK mental healthcare has been published internationally. She is a regular conference speaker, lectures for a number of leading UK Universities and leads on Mental Health for the Forced Migrant Network at Winchester University.

Amy's first degree in Anthropology and her MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sit as a foundation for all of her professional work. This has included the clinical delivery and management of services for refugees and asylum seeking people, young people involved in gangs and violent crime, troubled families and secondary care psychotherapy (complex comorbidity and Personality Disorders). Alongside her clinical role as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at East London Foundation Trust, Amy was the Strategic Development Lead for a global mental health organisation and later the Head of Development for a national social care provider.

Amy's consultancy services have included the design and tender writing for a wide range of health services including adult psychology, child and adolescent mental health, urgent care, GP federations, healthcare in prisons, drug and alcohol services, and MSK & chronic pain services to name a few. 

Publications and Achievements

Podcast Interview

The Feel Great Podcast (available on Itunes and Spotify)

'Being imperfect is actually quite a wonderful thing that we can embrace' according to Amy Stoddard Ajayi who is the latest expert interviewed on The Feel Great Podcast."

Key Speaker

Boundary Crossing: An international interdisciplinary conference on immigration and social justice

Title: Bridging the gap in mental health: Capoeira as a therapeutic tool

Winchester University, 3rd-4th Sep, 2018

Research publication

The UK Equality Act and Access to Mental Healthcare for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Author - Amy Stoddard Ajayi

The Journal for the International Refugee Law Committee, June 2017


Engaging medical diasporas with their country of origin

Authors - Amy Stoddard Ajayi, Mosses Mulimira Wasswa

BMJ, 2015

Key Speaker

Traumatic roots and treatment implications for black people within the UK mental health system

Title: Cultural bias and the therapeutic exchange: exploring alternatives through the concept of 'collective responsibility'

Confer, 2015


Brain drain to Brain Gain: working with UK medical diaspora groups

Authors - Amy Stoddard Ajayi, Moses Wasswa Mulimira

UK CDS, 2014

Expert witness

Amy has acted as an Expert Witness on a number of legal cases where mental health has been a factor. She has both written mental health assessments to provide key evidence for Court cases and acted as an expert witness in Court.

Expert Advisor

Amy is a registered Expert Advisor to Chime Advisors, a new generation of expert network. Chime Advisors specialise in matching experts with first hand experience and a deep knowledge of their specialist subject areas with clients from a broad range of industries, with an international reach.

Special Interest Groups

  • Amy leads on Mental Health for the Forced Migrant Network which sits within Winchester University. 
  • She is  a key member of the Refugee Health Interest Group, which is connected to the Wessex Global Health Network, Southampton and Winchester Universities.  
  • She is a member of the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation, a global health network connected to East London NHS Trust, Kings College Hospital, The Royal College of Psychiatry and Oxford University.