Dr Christina Richards BSc (Hons), MSc, DCPsych, CPsychol, EuroPsy, AFBPsS is an HCPC Registered Doctor of Applied Psychology and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) where she is the current Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology, Committee member for Psychologist Prescribing; and Chair of the revision committee of the BPS Guidelines and Literature Review for Counselling Sexual and Gender Minority Clients of which she was a co-author.
Dr Richards is Lead Consultant Psychologist/Head of Psychology at the NHS London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This role involves supervising senior staff; assessing people with highly complex needs for hormones and surgeries; and managing the psychology service, including individual and group therapies from a number of different modalities.
Dr Richards is also Head of Research at the NHS London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This role involves responsibility for the strategy and implementation of the research programme at the clinic. Dr Richards also lectures and publishes internationally on gender, sexualities, and critical mental health – both within clinical academia and also to third sector and statutory bodies.
Dr Richards was selected by the executive board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to be Lead Chapter Author for Adult Assessment in the Standards of Care Version 8 (SoC v8) revision. She also represents the East Midlands to NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG) on Gender Identity Services; and is one of the few psychologists recognised by HM Courts and Tribunals Service as a Specialist in the field of Gender Dysphoria, thus allowing her to prepare medical reports for the Gender Recognition Panel.
Dr Richards is the Editor-in Chief of the journal of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology: Counselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters. She is first author of a clinical guidebook on sexuality and gender published by Sage – Richards, C., & Barker. M. (2013). Sexuality and gender for mental health professionals: A practical guide. London: Sage; First editor of the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender; First editor of a multidisciplinary book about people who identify outside of the gender binary of male or female – Richards, C., Bouman, W. P., & Barker, M. J. (2018). Genderqueer and non-binary genders. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan; And sole author of the monograph: Richards, C. (2017). [Monograph]. Trans and sexuality – An existentially-informed ethical enquiry with implications for counselling psychology. London: Routledge;
Pronouns: She Her, Hers (Pretty much…).
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Should you wish to you can buy Sexuality and Gender for Mental health professionals: A practical guide.