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Dr Vanessa Snowdon-Carr

BSc(Hons), D.Clin.Psy., CPsychol, AFBPsS

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Vanessa Snowdon-Carr

BSc(Hons), D.Clin.Psy., CPsychol, AFBPsS

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Snowdon-Carr is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of weight management, disordered eating and bariatric surgery since 2007 both within the NHS and private practice.

She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council, is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and a member of the British Obesity and Bariatric Surgery Society (BOMSS).

Dr Snowdon-Carr has worked in a range of physical health and mental health services across the South West of England and South Wales, completing her clinical psychology doctorate at Cardiff University in 2002.

She has been involved in a range of national policy developments to highlight patients’ psychological needs within bariatric surgery and obesity services; working with the Royal College of Surgeons and representing the British Psychological Society on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), Clinical Commissioning Group for Bariatric Surgery. She has been part of a small team, to develop guidelines on behalf of BOMSS for the provision of psychological care by both NHS and private bariatric surgery providers.

Dr Snowdon-Carr provides training and workshops both nationally and internationally on the subject of obesity, weight stigma and bariatric surgery.

Employment

Lead Clinical Psychologist for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery
Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist Clinical Psychologist in private practice.

Specialist workshops and training events.

Relevant Publications

Snowdon-Carr, V. 2018 Psychological Approaches in the Treatment of Obesity. In Obesity: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Treatment (2018) pp1-23, Springer

Snowdon-Carr, V. 2016 Using Psychological Approaches for Working with Type 2 Diabetes. Practical Diabetes 33(7) pp248-252b

Snowdon-Carr, V. 2015 Psychological Issues Before and After Bariatric Surgery. In Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Pp 643-652, Springer, Cham

Personal Statement

Prejudice about weight results in an over-simplified idea that weight loss is easy. I am therefore passionate about my work and the need to highlight the complexity of issues for people living with obesity.

I use a range of therapeutic models in my clinical practice to enable patients to explore the issues with which they feel stuck. Having worked for many years with people who have had bariatric surgery, I have witnessed the significant impact of surgery as a ‘turbo-boost’ for change. I also recognise the importance of the changes the individual needs to make to help weight management and improved quality of life in the long term after surgery. Supporting people along this journey is the part of my work I enjoy the most.

A perfect weekend for me is exploring the South West with my family in a campervan. I have recently started running, I can’t say that I love it all of the time, but I am enjoying the challenge!

Contact Dr Snowdon-Carr

Dr Snowdon-Carr is available for private referrals at the

Spire Healthcare
For enquiries call 0117 980 4052
The Glen, Redland Hill, Durdham Down, Bristol, BS6 6UT

Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital
For enquiries call 0117 906 4888
The Chesterfield, 3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

Circle Bath Hospital
Foxcote Avenue, Peasedown St John, Bath BA2 8SQ

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