Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that has been found to be helpful in treating a wide range of emotional conditions. CBT is concerned with how we think about a situation and how our thought processes then affect our behaviour, our emotions and our physical body.

The therapist and client work together, considering which thoughts and behaviours are unhelpful for the client.

NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Our CBT Therapists

Alexandra is a chartered Counselling Psychologist and is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). She completed a professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (PsychD) at the University of Roehampton. In addition she has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Nottingham.

Alexandra’s Approach

As a psychologist, Alexandra’s approach begins with an attitude of warmth, responsiveness and kindness. She uses collaborative enquiry to help clients to gain a greater understanding and insight into their problems. Alexandra is very aware that each client’s journey to counselling is particular to them. We may have a sense of being alone, feel hopeless, guilty or overwhelmed, but we might find it hard to pinpoint what in particular brought us here. Alternatively we may know exactly why we are here, but not have a clue what to do about it.

Alexandra’s approach recognises how different each person’s experience is and addresses this by taking an integrative approach to counselling. Drawing on her clinical expertise in humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapies, she tailors therapy to clients’ unique needs and requirements.

Alexandra’s Expertise

Before qualifying as a Psychologist, Alexandra worked in communications in the international humanitarian sector. Her work in this field led her to develop a specialist interest in Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, anxiety and depression, and she undertook specialist training in NHS services dedicated to these problems.

Alexandra has extensive experience of working with individuals who have suffered difficult and challenging circumstances in their family lives. She has also worked frequently with men and women who are survivors of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. Alexandra recognises the pain, anger and shame that often accompany such experiences, and how difficult it can be for clients to discuss their lives in therapy. She is continuously humbled by the bravery and capacity to heal she witnesses in her clients and feels privileged to work with them through this process.

In addition to supporting clients facing the challenges mentioned above, Alexandra also runs a practice focused on women’s mental health. She provides counselling and psychological therapy that aims to support women in their many female-centric experiences. Many of these experiences are incredibly difficult and disorientating, yet they are often swept aside and labelled “normal” simply because they are common.

Such experiences include fertility problems, miscarriage, pregnancy and fear of pregnancy and childbirth (tokophobia). Alexandra is also passionate about working with women in the post-natal period, whether it be in adjusting to a new or changing identity as a parent, working to develop self-compassion and self-care, supporting women suffering from post-natal depression or to heal and recover from a traumatic birth experience. She also provides therapy home-visits for new mums.

Alexandra sees clients who are self-funding their therapy, or paying for their therapy through their healthcare insurance. Alexandra is registered as a healthcare provider with AXA PPP, Aviva and Vitality Health.

She works with adults (aged 18 +).

Angela Giuliani holds a Dip. Ed. Psychology, D.CBH, NLP, Dip. Performance Coaching, D.Hyp. D.CBH MBSCH. Qualified and experienced in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) with Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro- Linguistic Programming and Performance Coaching, Angela has a background in Education and a Postgraduate qualification in Psychology and is a Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  She also specialises in Parent Coaching - see below.

Angela practices Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, which is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is based on the premise that people have rational and irrational thought patterns based on past events. It suggests that rational thoughts encourage harmony, improve mental health and lead to goal attainment. While irrational thoughts and beliefs lead to a disturbance in thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This comprehensive approach helps people change dysfunctional emotions and behaviours by showing them how to become aware of and how to modify the beliefs and attitudes that create these unwanted states. Albert Ellis said of patients -:

"Because of their self-consciousness and their ability to think about their thinking, they can very easily disturb themselves about their disturbances and can also disturb themselves about their ineffective attempts to overcome their emotional disturbances." CBT can be used to treat a number of psychological and psychosomatic conditions.

Angela works with adults and children aged 11 and over.

Parent Coaching

Have you ever wondered who you could turn to for advice about your child’s behaviour and emotional development?  Angela has over 40 years' experience working with parents and their children as a Parent Coach.  As a therapist, teacher and parent Angela recognises that being a parent is not always the easiest job.  It can be difficult with a wide range of  sometimes confusing information and advice available.  Angela works with parents to help them build achievable parenting skills so they can be happy, successful parents bringing up happy, successful and well- adjusted children by giving their children the childhood they will cherish as an adult.

Angela is the co-author of a book for parents called ‘The Secret to being an Awesome parent’ and is offering Online appointments at the moment.  For her insightful blogs, here is Angela's website :

Contact the reception team by emailing [email protected] or by phoning 0208 672 4455 to arrange an initial call with Angela, which is free of charge and without obligation.

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