Dr Isobel Horn: Psychology

Dr Isobel Horn



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Specialises in

  • Behavioural Couples Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa (CBT-BN)
  • Counselling
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy

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  • Video & Telephone remote therapy sessions

About me

Isobel is a Clinical Psychologist with 17 years’ experience in general Adult Mental Health and highly specialist experience and training in Eating Disorders. She has assessed and treated more than 550 clients with depression and anxiety and over 300 clients with eating disorders.

From the outset, Isobel will work directly on the symptoms you want to target and change. Within a couple of sessions she will clarify other important aspects so you can achieve lasting recovery. These could include:
• Improving low self-esteem
• Reducing depression and anxiety
• Working with perfectionism
• Standing up to your inner-critic
• Expressing anger safely
• Tolerating emotional discomfort/anxiety
• Empowering yourself in relationships.

Isobel works carefully with your barriers to change. An early task in therapy is to understand what is going on at a subtle level which is maintaining the problem. Once we know that, we know exactly the work we need to do.

Isobel‘s education and training have resulted in a unique approach to therapy. She studied psychology at Oxford University and at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. Leaders in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) trained and grounded her in this scientifically-established method. CBT is now a nationally accepted treatment of choice for depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. For clients who do not respond to CBT Isobel has expanded the treatment approach through further training. She augments standard approaches with techniques that help people become aware of the unique, unconscious processes behind their symptoms.

Isobel’s clients describe an experience of compassion, warmth and understanding. They leave therapy with better self-acceptance, more in touch with their strengths and knowing what they need to keep working towards. In this way they can maintain the changes they have made.

“Isobel gave me back some self worth and helped me to silence my inner critics and find some value in myself.”

In 2014 her work was recognised in the Lancashire Care NHS Staff Excellence Awards when she was nominated in the client-led People's Choice category as ‘professional who has made a difference’.

Eating disorders are similar to addictions; part of us wants to end what we do, yet another part is ‘resistant’ to change. You may have tried to eat normally, but the eating disorder often ‘wins’ leaving you hopeless and powerless. This is because underneath the calorie counting and uncertainty of food planning, underneath the preoccupation with weight and shape, and the chaos of bingeing and feelings of self-loathing, eating disorders help us cope. You need to discover what your eating disorder promises to offer you at a less conscious level. This is pretty much always a false promise. Once you know this you can learn other ways of coping and achieving what you need so you no longer rely on your eating disorder.

Isobel collaborates closely with leading eating disorder psychiatrists and dieticians at the Chelsea and Harley Street Eating Disorder service. She refers into this network if clients could benefit from a review of mood, anxiety or sleep symptoms or support from a specialist dietician.

She has given talks to GPs, NHS professionals and teachers on the best approaches to support people. She has supervised nursing staff, dieticians and psychology colleagues who work in an NHS eating disorders service. She has appeared on radio discussing the origins of eating disorders.

Areas of interest

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and enhanced approaches; Specialist Eating Disorders; Depression, anxiety and panic symptoms; Relationship problems; Work stress

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders

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  • AA809

    Psychology session - (>50)

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