psychological minds-Dr Christopher BurkeChris Burke has over sixteen years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults suffering from psychological distress. He gained his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Edinburgh University in 2003.
This gave him a solid grounding in the application of clinical psychology across the life span. Chris has since completed a post graduate diploma in Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young people through the Scottish Institute of Human Relations.
Chris has developed his practice across a variety of settings:
Adult services
Clinically Chris began his post qualification career working in adult primary care Fife NHS where he consolidated skills to assess, formulate and provide therapy for a range of psychological conditions (including: anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, panic, OCD and sexual problems).  Through his work as an Associate for The Keil Centre Chris has supported occupational health services in the assessment of clients’ fitness for work, return to work planning and work dispute mediation.
Children and Adolescent Services
Between 2006 and 2013 Chris worked for a childhood trauma service (The Centre for the Vulnerable Child) whilst with NHS Fife.  Here he provided intensive long term therapy to children and young people affected by childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. This role included therapeutic support for non-abusing carers, support and advice for foster carers and liaison, and consultation with non-psychologist colleagues such as social workers, residential care workers and teachers. Chris regularly attended Looked After and Accommodated Children Reviews and Children’s Panel hearings.
Through his ongoing private practice Chris continues to provide consultation and training to professionals involved with vulnerable children.  Chris provides therapeutic services for children and adolescents affected by psychological issues such as anxiety, low mood, post traumatic stress, OCD, and behavioural concerns including toileting, sleep and conduct problems.
Legal work
Since 2008 Chris has provided assessment and psychological opinion for the purpose of Expert Witness testimony. His main areas of experience include: personal injury, clinical negligence, child abuse, sexual trauma, bullying and harassment and family law.
Chris played a major role in developing training programmes run during his time at the Centre for the Vulnerable Child. He has delivered training to professionals who work with vulnerable children across Health, Education, Social Services, Voluntary and Private sectors. Events have included: Understanding the psychological needs of traumatised children, Supporting staff working with traumatised children, The impact of sexual abuse, Attachment trauma, Containing challenging behaviour (aggression and self harm), Communicating with hard to reach children, Therapeutic Play, Child Protection.
Chris has delivered training using the ‘Solihull Approach: Understanding Your Child’ model developed for parents and foster carers. He also lectures Clinical Psychology Trainees at  Edinburgh University on Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Chris has provided consultation services to organisations seeking to understand and manage adults, children and young people affected by trauma. Clients include foster carers, social workers, residential workers, the police and schools. He also provides consultation to New Parenting, developers of parenting education materials for schools.
Therapeutic approach
Chris draws on a range of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of individuals, families and groups including cognitive behaviour therapy, mentalisation based therapy and psychodynamic therapy groups to facilitate understanding of the needs of looked after children; contributing to the development of an advanced child protection training course aimed at protecting children through improving understanding of their psychological needs.
Membership of professional bodies
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Registered with The Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered with the UK Register of Expert Witnesses.
  • Member of the British Psychological Society Scotland Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Working Party (BPSSS) which shapes policy and practice for adult survivors in Scotland and the world.