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Mental Health at Karen Surgery

Karen Surgery is a centre for excellence in mental health; with an emphasis on working as a multi-disciplinary team. There are several psychologists / counsellors / psychotherapists 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), eating disorders and relationship difficulties.

The Karen Surgery mental health professionals 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 are made either through the GP or patients can self-refer. 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





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


Tel: +254 (0)721722936




Megan Jackson enjoys working with adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, grief, parenting stress, caregiving stress, chronic health, chronic pain, sleep challenges and issues of identity. Megan received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Carolina University in NC, USA. She is Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in NC, USA (Lic# C011099). She is also registered with the Kenyan National Association of Social Workers. In her work with clients, she provide personalized treatment tailored to best meet each client’s needs. She often utilizes traditional “talk therapy”, culturally sensitive counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT for Insomnia, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Maternal Mental Health focused therapy, and Trauma Resiliency Model. She utilizes mindfulness and teaches other coping strategies in session as well. 


Tel: +254 (0)115276270