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Mental Health at Karen Surgery

In light of the current Coronavirus epidemic, the mental health professionals are providing consultations via Skype or other online platforms or by telephone, as well as in person consultations at the Karen Surgery.

Please contact your individual mental health professional to discuss details of which option you would prefer. 


Karen Surgery has become a centre for excellence in mental health; with an emphasis on working as a multi-disciplinary team. There are several psychologists working collaboratively with the GPs addressing the mental health needs of children, adults and families.

Specialist areas of interest are anxiety, depression and attachment disorders, educational and psychometric assessments, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and eating disorders.

The psychologists are trained across a range of different psychological models and adopt an integrative approach to case management; choosing the model best suited to each individual patient.

Referrals to the psychologists are made either through the GP or patients can self-referral. Self-referred patients are offered a GP to provide medication management and to address any concomitant physical health needs. In the case of eating disorders a GP and nutritionist may be included in the team providing comprehensive treatment in one venue.


Mental Health Professionals 

Dr. TONYA SHAW, BSc., Clin.Psy.D., C.Psychol., AFBPsS.        


Tonya has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Birmingham (UK) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Kenya Psychological Association. Tonya has been part of Karen Surgery since 1996. Tonya specialises in Adult Mental Health. This covers a wide range of difficulties; depression, anxiety and panic disorders, relationship difficulties, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders to name a few. In addition Tonya has a specialist interest in Eating Disorders. Tonya has trained in a number of models; mainly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy (SFCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Relational Life Therapy (RLT). 


Tel: +254 (0)733 642 246




Kieke trained in South Africa and the Netherlands. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a medical degree. She is registered with the South African health professional counsel (HPSA) and Kenyan Psychological Association. Kieke practiced as a clinical psychologist at a psychiatric hospital in Johannesburg South Africa. There she worked as the principle psychologist on a specialised therapeutic ward for adults struggling with a variety of mental health issues from severe depression to anxiety disorders, and other mental health difficulties that needed intensive psychotherapeutic support. She then spent four years as one of two principle psychologists working on a child and family unit. On this unit she worked with children aged 0 – 18 and their families, with a variety of mental health issues including issues around trauma, attachment, school difficulties, behavioural difficulties, depression, and anxiety. She also worked in a team offering family therapy for families in this hospital setting. In 2012 Kieke moved to Kenya and started her private practice at Karen Surgery. She currently works with adults, couples, adolescents and children.  

Tel:+254 (0)707 364 353


NEESHA BHULLAR, BPsych, BA (Hons), MA (Clinical Psychology)


Neesha is trained in South Africa and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She is registered at the South African Health Professions Council (HPCSA)and practised as a Clinical Psychologist in the South African Police Services for 3 years. On her return to Kenya, Neesha started working on a part time basis at a leading international school as a counsellor. 

Neesha specialises in Children and Adult mental health covering issues around trauma, depression, anxiety, school difficulties and behavioural issues just to mention few. Neesha also does assessments for ADHD, Learning Difficulties and is an accredited assessor for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which is personality assessment tool.


Tel: +254 71 970 1663




Julie trained at the Tavistock centre in London where she obtained a Masters degree in psychosexual therapy. She is a member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Nursing Midwifery Council. She is also a member of the Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association. Julie specialises in Sexual Health issues. This covers Sexual Dysfunctions which occur in relationships for MSM, couples, and individuals. Julie’s area of expertise also includes addictions, sexual trauma, conflict, bereavement to name a few. Julie was trained in a number of approaches namely psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy.


Tel: +254 (0)715175790





Judy trained in USA and Kenya. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Certificate in Trainer in Counseling, Certificate in Supervision in Counseling and Certificate in HIV testing & Adherence Counseling. She’s registered with the Kenya Counselors Psychologists Association (KCPA). 

Judy worked in Pennsylvania, USA with a mental health agency for 10 years that provided a variety of community-integrated residential options for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Upon returning to Kenya she volunteered with special needs school in Kangemi for 2 years. She then did an internship at Amani Counseling Centre Training Institute (ACCTI) as a counselor and trainer/facilitator. She facilitated experiential and supervision groups of the diploma students. She also trained the certificate class on counseling skills and facilitated peer-to-peer counseling.

Judy works with adults and adolescents in dealing with relationships, HIV status & treatment, terminal illness, bereavement-loss and grief. Stress management, anger management, self-awareness/self-esteem & empowerment and just to name a few. 


Tel: +254 (0)717219386





“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” (Viktor Frankl)

Kaye trained in South Africa, with the health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and in Kenya. She has a Master of Social Sciences Degree (Community Mental Health Promotion),a Bachelor of Psychology-Honours, a Master’s degree in Master of Arts, French Bachelor of Education. She is also a Trauma/Tension Release Exercises (TRE) facilitator.

Kaye is multi-lingual, and speaks amongst other languages French and Kiswahili. She is an empathic listener, firm yet approachable. Skills that she developed over her professional training and experience as both a counsellor and educator, to both young adolescents and adults. 

Coupled with life experiences Kaye has the know-how to offer one on one and group counselling, psycho-social support workshops to the following populations:

1. Pre-adolescents

2. Adolescents

3. Youth

4. The older population

Kaye offers services within the community, in the cooperate space and in school settings.

1. Psycho-educational workshops to promote mental wellness (Employee Wellness Programs)

2. Counselling in the listed areas

  • relationship difficulties (in relationships, in the family, at work)




Tel: +254 (0)721722936