Specialised Duty of Care Psychologist & Psychotherapist

Dr Charlotte Armitage is a psychologist and psychotherapist, specialising in the Film & TV Industry, particularly, psychological duty of care processes in production, psychological assessments of contributors and therapeutic services for on-screen contributors, actors, production teams, journalists, social media influencers and elite athletes. She works across a range of programming formats including scripted, documentary and reality tv, however Charlotte predominately works on high-risk reality TV productions and true crime documentaries

Charlotte has a professional doctorate in psychology (Psy.D). She is a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council, a Registered Integrative Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), a Criminologist with full academic membership to the British Society of Criminology (BSC), an Accredited Business Psychologist holding principal practitioner status with the Association of Business Psychologists (PPABP), and a Duty of Care Psychologist (GMBPsS) and member of the Media Ethics Advisory Board of the British Psychological Society .

With practices on Harley Street, London and Leeds, Charlotte works with clients in both the North and South of the country. She also works online, on-set in the UK and internationally where required. Her film & TV clinic offers support for those working across the media sector.

As a psychologist and psychotherapist in the media, Charlotte has worked as the onscreen psychologist for BBC News, Talk TV and various TV documentaries. Most recently she was the psychotherapist for BBC2’s ‘Beauty & The Bleach’ documentary exploring colourism with Tan France. She has filmed for Hollyoaks IRL discussing Incels, for two Channel 5 documentaries, and for a 3 part crime documentary series for C4 which will TX in 2024.

Devices & Child Psychological Development

In 2022, Charlotte launched a National Awareness Day called No Phones at Home. The aim of the day is to encourage people to put down their devices and focus on connecting with those around them. Charlotte is concerned that devices are ruining the mental health of a generation of children and only when we address the intrusion of devices into every element of our lives we see improvements in mental health. Charlotte is currently conducting research examining the impact that devices are having on the mental health of children. She is working with local authorities and schools, both primary and secondary, to deliver a number of different interventions and trainings regarding the impact of device use on child psychological development. Charlotte speaks regularly with councils, schools, parents, social services, broadcasters and various media outlets about this matter. She is a member of the NHS West Yorkshire Trauma Informed Network, where she advises other professionals such as teachers, police, doctors, about the impact of devices. Charlotte has created the ‘Device Wise Reduction Programme,’ her aim is to have a training, intervention or activity from the Device Wise Programme delivered in every school in the UK within the next 5 years. Some of her work has been followed by the BBC and her book about devices and psychological development is currently in publishing with Hodder & Stoughton/Yellowkite, it is due for publication in 2025.

Business Psychologist
Throughout her 20 year career working in psychology and mental health, in addition to her work in film & TV, Charlotte has worked across a range of different settings. Charlotte worked for the National Policing Improvement Agency (now called College of Policing), an organisation responsible for setting policing standards in England, Wales and NI. She worked in occupational psychology assisting with the design and delivery of police examination processes. Charlotte continues to work as a business psychologist and psychotherapist across the corporate sector. She has delivered psychological interventions for organisations such as Cleary Gottleib, Lockheed Martin, HSBC, Barclays, Deloitte, Squire Patton Boggs, UBS, Allen & Avery, Ernst & Young, to name just a few. 
Clinical & Forensic Psychotherapy

As a mental health clinician, Charlotte has worked in the NHS in Community Mental Health Services as part of her doctoral training and as a psychologist in the Clinical Psychology team in a Neurological Rehabilitation ward. In addition to this she has worked in third sector mental health services as a psychotherapist and has been on the board of directors for two large mental health charities. Charlotte has and continues to deliver psychological interventions within primary and secondary schools, working with children with challenging behaviours and mental health problems.

Through her work as a forensic psychotherapist, Charlotte has worked with the legal teams, families and victims affected by crime including; rape, sexual assault, murder, child abduction and murder, kidnapping, death by dangerous driving, knife crime, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, and adult survivors of child sexual abuse.     

Through her private practice, Charlotte works with a variety of presentations. She is passionate about analysing parent and family dynamics with the aim of facilitating behavioural changes to help the family unit function more healthily. She is also passionate about the aetiology of psychopathologies and the relationship to criminal behaviours. 

Award Winning Entrepreneur

As a multi-award winning businesswoman, Charlotte was named by Business Insider as one of the top ten BAME female entrepreneurs in Europe to watch in 2020. In 2021, Charlotte’s mental health clinic was voted by TechRound as one of the top 21 mental health businesses in the UK. In 2022, Charlotte was named as 50 under 50 BAME business people to watch.

Charlotte is the Managing Director of the YAFTA Group of companies which offers education for the film and TV industry and uses arts education in schools to support psychological development. YAFTA Talent Agency supports a diverse range of actors and represents a number of artists who have made history in recent years for becoming the first artists with disabilities to secure lead roles in Coronation Street, to win an NTA and to star in an Oscar winning film. In 2019, Charlotte won Director of the Year for Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute of Directors Awards for her work campaigning for fair representation on screen.

Charlotte is a member of the Media Ethics Advisory Group for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is involved in developing policy and regulation for psychologists and those working in the media. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commence (FRSA) in 2019 for her widespread contribution to the Film & TV industry. Additionally, Charlotte is an associate member of BAFTA.

Introduction to Working as a Duty of Care Mental Health Professional in TV.

Wednesday 17th April | 10am to 4pm

Charlotte has worked as duty of care psychologist on many productions including:

Charlotte IS a verified and registered mental health professional for all major broadcasters including:

Charlotte is a regular contributor for many publications

Bringing together her expertise in business, psychology and the Film & TV industry, Charlotte is a columnist for the Yorkshire Post, MANDY and Topic UK. 

Charlotte works with PR companies on a regular basis to provide psychological input on a variety of campaigns. She aims to ensure that the latest psychological research is used in her media commentary. Charlotte is experienced at press, on-screen and radio commentary.

Charlotte is a regular psychological contributor to Talk Radio TV and a resident expert for BBC Radio where she regularly contributes to segments on a wide variety of topics including mental health, mental health in the workplace, the acting industry, duty of care, and disability representation in the media.

Charlotte has worked as a business psychologist and psychotherapist for many FTSE100 companies advising on, and delivering mental health support to the organisation and it’s employees. Organisations that Charlotte has provided psychological input for include:

Charlotte has partnered on brand campaigns with many companies including:

Memberships and Accreditations

Charlotte is a registrant of the following governing bodies:

Charlotte has practices in two locations

London Harley Street

The Media Psychologist, Harley Street Therapy Rooms 1 Harley Street London W1G 9QD

LEEDS

The Media Psychologist, W9 The Greenhouse
Beeston Road
Leeds
LS11 3AD

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