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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Behaviour Therapy
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
I am a skilled and experienced Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Professionals Council (HCPC). I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients and I believe that every individual is an expert on their own life and situation. I feel privileged to be able to assist clients' in the process of developing the insight and skills to improve their lives. I work from the premise that every client deserves an individualised approach to suit their unique needs.
My passion and drive to excel in my work led me to emigrate from Australia to the United Kingdom in 2011 to continue to broaden my skills and experience in psychological theory, evidence and practice in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. I received a statement of equivalence deeming her credentials equivalent to a UK doctoral degree, allowing me to gain Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Society’s highest membership accolade.
I work within an esteemed London-based private practice, treating clients’ with presenting problems inherent in high-pressured city working. I work with relational issues such as interpersonal difficulties, from a Cogntive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapeutic model.
I also ave a keen interest in providing third-wave therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), DBT and mindfulness. I have extensive training and experience in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I also completed ACT training to an advanced level with Dr Russ Harris in Australia. I recently (March 2018) became accredited in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with the Society for DBT, UK & Ireland. There are only 44 professionals accredited currently across the UK and Ireland.
I also work as a Principal Clinical Psychologist within a secure hospital, and within this setting I have set up a state of the art DBT inpatient unit, of which I am clinical lead, providing supervision and training as well as holding a clinical role.
I have been influenced by relational, systemic and psychodynamic theories, and I believe that a solid therapeutic relationship is at the core of all successful therapy endeavours. I am flexible and well-informed regarding evidence-based treatments and can therefore assist clients to find the best possible approach to address their problems. I have worked in many settings where interventions need to be time-limited, focused and effective. I am passionate about developing honest and genuine relationships with clients to facilitate positive treatment effects as early as the first meeting.
Areas of interest
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); personality disorder; relational problems, anxiety; depression; Bipolar Affective Disorder; trauma; relationship difficulties; work-related stress; burn-out; personality disorder; PTSD; adjustment issues; quality of life; goal-setting; procrastination; work/life balance; perfectionism; social anxiety; performance anxiety; organisational psychology
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Physical disability
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT); Substance Misuse; Mindfulness
Yoga, reading, music, BBQ's, travel
Courses offered to GPs
Mindfulness, working cross-culturally, values-based living (ACT), understanding personality disorder
- Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Psychology University of Western Australia 2006
- Master of Psychology (Clinical) University of Western Australia 2006
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy British Isles DBT Training, Behavioral Tech 2014
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Department of Health, Australia 2010
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Clinical Psychologist registration Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) 2011
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist British Psychological Society (BPS) 2011
Affiliations / memberships
- Anxiety Doctors
- 08:30 - 08:30
- 07895 987121
- Anxiety Doctors
- 19:30 - 20:30
- 07895 987121
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: Elise.Stephen