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Mental Health at Karen Surgery

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 and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is 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 was trained in a number of models; mainly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 


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


WENDY AIMEE DE MACKER MA in Youth, Family & Context 


 Wendy is a professional counsellor originally from the Netherlands with a master’s degree in systemic therapy specialised in relationship/family counselling and a strong focus on youth interventions. She is the founder of Vizazi ( operating in the field of high quality counselling, training and supervision. She has more than 15 years of experience in Multi Systemic Therapy (MST), Multi Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT |, intergenerational therapy and is trained in the Gottman couples counselling method  ( Wendy has trav worked as a counsellor in the Netherlands, India, Ghana and in Kenya since 2003 with the most vulnerable clients in different settings.

Wendy is known as a pragmatic and barefoot counsellor: “I coach my clients closely and carefully in order to create ownership of their life. I always ‘lead them from one step behind’, whereas my proactive, respectful and curious attitude is the most valuable tool in my work. My client’s needs are my starting point and I always include key influencers from the clients’ context who contribute positively to the desirable change. I help individuals, couples, families and employees of companies, who feel stuck in life with themselves, their private relationships or their environment to gain control again and redesign their life. I use evidence based methods from cognitive, systemic and intergenerational therapy to carefully challenge my clients on a mental, emotional and social level to reconstruct unhealthy patterns.”


Tel: +254 (0) 713 678 422




Ilya is an American Licensed Child & Family Therapist, and has lived in Kenya since 2012. She holds as master’s degree from St. Mary’s University, USA and post-graduate training in International Trauma Studies and Traumatic Stress Studies. For the past 2 decades, Ilya has specialized in clinical work with children, families and adults with histories of complex and inter-generational trauma, and provided training, organizational consultation/ program development in a variety of settings, including clinics, residential treatment centers, shelters, schools, NGOs, and community-based programs. She has special interest in international/ cultural issues pertaining to mental health, and in strengthening community-based, trauma-informed supports where infrastructure is lacking. 

Ilya has specialist training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, SMART (Sensorimotor Affect Regulation Treatment), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Ego-State/ Internal Family Systems, & ARC (Attachment, Regulation & Competency) framework. She has a background in visual and preforming arts, and enjoys integrating creative strategies (movement, yoga, music, art, role pay) into her work with clients. She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults addressing issues related to: attachment, chronic stress, work/ life balance, dissociation, adoption,  post-traumatic stress, cross-cultural/ relationships, childhood trauma/ behavioral issues, grief, & identity/ sense of self.

Tel: +254-715-081-803




Georgiana is a Clinical Psychologist and a member of the UK Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Association (BPS). Georgiana works with adults and young people across a range of issues including; depression, anxiety, trauma and family and relationship difficulties.
She specialises in issues relating to child development, attachment difficulties, ADHD, and behavioural and emotional difficulties in children. She has a Masters degree in Child Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from the Anna Freud Centre, University College London (UCL) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Georgiana draws on cognitive behavioural, attachment and psychoanalytic models in her work. She is available for consultation in Karen and Westlands, Nairobi. Her services include: Individual therapy, couples work, family therapy,  child cognitive and learning assessments and parenting work.

Tel: +254 (0) 700 726 719