Dr Esther Hansen is a consultant clinical psychologist who specialises in the areas of reconstructive surgery, chronic health conditions and body image.
Her NHS practice is based at the plastic and reconstructive surgery department of the Royal Free Hospital, where she leads a small team of psychologists. She offers psychological treatment for individuals concerned about their appearance (including scars) or experience difficulties related to the event that may have led to an altered appearance, including anxiety, low mood and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Psychological intervention can also help manage some of the itching and pain associated with scarring. Dr Hansen also provides psychological evaluation to help other practitioners understand the expectations a person may have of a particular intervention and the psychological benefit they may derive. She also supports and provides treatment to individuals with chronic health conditions.
Dr Hansen sits on the London Cancer skin cancer board and frequently lectures both psychologists and other health professionals. She has also published in these areas.