Dr Mike Larcombe

BA (Hons) D.Clin.Psych

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

ASD, CBT, Person centred

Mike is Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist with a dual interest in autism and mental health.

During his career Mike has worked at the National Autistic Society’s diagnostic centre, an NHS child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and an NHS child developmental centre (CDC) for children under five years old where he mostly conducted diagnostic work for children aged 2 -5 years old with an autistic spectrum disorder.

From 2016 to 2017 Mike conducted 37 specialist assessments on children aged 5 to 18 years old at the Neurodevelopment (CAMHS) Service at Springfield University Hospital, London.

Mike currently works in an NHS Adult Mental Health service.

Diagnostic Assessments

Mike has extensive experience (18 years) in conducting over 500 hundred developmental, diagnostic and needs assessments for children, young people and adults privately and for various agencies including social services and within the legal system.

Specialist assessments can incorporate child development, cognitive functioning, educational needs and mental health. Mike has a particular interest in autism, Asperger syndrome, pathological demand avoidance syndrome and associated conditions and how presentations can be quite different in girls compared to boys.

Psychological Therapy

Mike also offers psychological talking therapy for adults, couples, parents, children and families. He applies a range of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Person-Centred Therapy and Couple Therapy for relationship, mental health and emotional difficulties.

Therapeutically Mike has a particular way of working where he responds to his client’s difficulties and by helping them to understand themselves and their issues more clearly, become more accepting of themselves as they are (and of their situation as it is), and then move forward by making positive changes.

Professional Background

For two years 1996-1998 Mike worked with the renowned late Dr Lorna Wing, Consultant Psychiatrist and Dr Judith Gould, Consultant Clinical Psychologist assisting with their research project developing the diagnostic instrument the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO). As part of Dr Wing’s research team Mike co-authored  ‘The Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders: background, inter-rater reliability and clinical use’ published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Volume 43 Issue 3.

Mike’s doctorate thesis was titled Knowing Their Own Mind: Children with an autistic spectrum disorder and their understanding of their own mental states (University of Plymouth unpublished Doctorate Thesis).

Mike has delivered teaching and training to social workers, teachers and police officers regarding autistic spectrum disorders, child and adolescent mental health and sexual abuse.

Qualifications

BA 2:1 with honours in Social Psychology

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Certificate in Couple Counselling.

Certificate in Counselling.