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Last updated: 14 Apr 2020
- Applied Relaxation
- Behaviour Therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Interviewing
- Video and telephone consultations
Hi, I’m Ilan! I’m a Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Oak Tree Practice and Little Bee Clinic. I wanted to tell you a bit more about myself, as I realise selecting a psychologist can be a tough task!
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I feel very privileged to be able to say I love what I do and always have, ever since I started working for ChildLine in 2007. Following this, I’ve had experience working with a wide variety of clients including children, young people, adults, older adults, military personnel, individuals with learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders and neurological conditions. I have also furthered my studies through the completion of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A Clinical Psychologist has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is trained to work with people of all ages who have mental health difficulties or challenges in their lives. Clinical Psychologists have expertise using a variety of different types of therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy) so they can offer support that is tailored to you. Clinical Psychologists are also trained in conducting research projects and the importance of offering therapy that has evidence saying that it works.
What will it be like when I meet you?
One of the most important parts of my work is building relationships with those sitting opposite me. I have always believed that you can have all the training and knowledge in the world, but if the client doesn’t return, none of this can be put into action. Therefore, my first aim is always to provide a warm, compassionate and non-judgmental space where we can work on the clients’ difficulties together.
What therapies do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?
I have training and expertise in a variety of different therapies, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. These are effective in helping people overcome difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, anger, stress, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem/confidence, coping with the loss a loved one, the impact of trauma or adjusting to new life circumstances. I appreciate that many rely on their psychologist to provide a therapy that suits them best. Therefore, my experience enables me to provide tailor made therapy using the most effective methods at supporting individuals to overcome their difficulties.
What are your interests outside of psychology?
Aside from my work, I’m an avid sports fan. I love to play and watch a variety of sports, and employ many of the skills I help others develop whilst watching my frustrating team, Arsenal, play football. I love to spend time with my family and friends, watch comedy and travel.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how you can access therapy, you can call on 020 8936 7666/07812398486, message me on Facebook (Facebook.com/theoaktreepractice) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out our specialist clinic for children, young people and families @ www.littlebeeclinic.com !
Areas of interest
Anxiety; ADHD; Autism; ASD; Depression; Military; Neurological; Multiple Sclerosis; Stroke; Parkinsons Disease; School difficulties; Relationship difficulties; self-confidence; self-esteem; stress
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Cardiac conditions
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Physical disability
Current NHS consultant posts held
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Charing Cross Rehabilitation Unit
Clinical Director, The Oak Tree Practice
Clinical Director, Little Bee Clinic
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Neurological conditions
Major Research Project: ‘Time to ACT’: Multi-site evaluation of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group intervention for adjustment in neurological conditions
Ben-Zion, I. & Friedland, D. (in press). ‘Time to ACT’: Feasibility study of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group intervention for adjustment in neurological conditions.
Michelson, D., Ben-Zion, I., James, A. I., Draper, L., Penney, C., & Day, C. (2014). ‘Living with Teenagers’: feasibility study of a peer-led parenting intervention for socially disadvantaged families with adolescent children. Archives of disease in childhood, archdischild-2013.
Goodwin, L., Ben-Zion, I., Fear, N. T., Hotopf, M., Stansfeld, S. A., & Wessely, S. (2013). Are reports of psychological stress higher in occupational studies? A systematic review across occupational and population based studies. PloS one, 8(11), e78693.
- Psychology BSc University of Birmingham 2008
- Mental Health Studies MSc King's College London 2010
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Hertfordshire 2016
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.