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Psychotherapy

Dr Judith M. Staley, BA (Hons), MS, MPhil, PhD, C. Psychol

About Me
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience treating adults with a broad range of psychological difficulties, using short- and long-term psychotherapy and psychodynamic group psychotherapy.

Some of the problems I treat are:

Anxiety, panic and phobias
Depression, and other mood problems
Traumas, including sexual, physical and emotional
abuse, and neglect
Obsessions and compulsions
Relationship and sexual issues

Physical symptoms caused by emotions
Addictions and dependency
Personality disorders
Difficulties with identity
Chronic feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem
Eating disorders

Academic Qualifications
I trained as a clinical psychologist at Columbia University, New York, USA, starting in 1990. I completed my MS in 1993, MPhil in 1998 and PhD in 2004.

Professional Registrations
I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), registration number 092915. I am also registered as a Chartered Clinical Psycholoigst with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), registration number PYL 20181.

Professional Experience
Between 1990 and 1998 I treated adults, children, adolescents, families, and groups of people in outpatient and inpatient settings in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan, New York, USA.

From 1998 to 2010 I worked in the NHS treating adults diagnosed with severe and enduring mental health problems. I saw patients individually for short- and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, and in groups.

Currently, I see patients privately at Remedi Clinic. I treat individuals with a broad range of psychological difficulties and I also offer group psychotherapy.

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Method of Working
I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, incorporating Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT).  Psychodynamic psychotherapists encourage patients to recognise and change self-defeating patterns, considering the influence of past experience, and bringing to awareness issues that may otherwise seem overwhelming. (See the section called “Does psychotherapy work?” on my website for more about  psychodynamic psychotherapy: www. judithstaleypsychotherapy.com).  RCT emphasises the centrality of the relationship between the patient and the psychotherapist in the healing process. RCT also emphasises the role of culture, and developments in the understanding of the neuropsychological aspects of psychotherapy. (That is, understanding how psychotherapy works to change the brain and nervous system.)

Initial Session
I usually see prospective patients for an initial session that can last up to one and a half hours. During the initial session, I judge whether I think that psychodynamic psychotherapy would be helpful for the person, and I answer questions about the process of psychotherapy. If the prospective patient and I agree to work together, I arrange sessions on a regular  basis, at least once a week.

If I think that a different kind of treatment would be more beneficial, I explain what kind of treatment I think would suit the person best. If a patient and I agree to work together I write a letter to the patient outlining things like place and times of meeting, confidentiality, and arrangements for cancelled sessions and holidays.

Confidentiality
Generally, psychotherapy is confidential, but there are a few exceptions.

If I believe that someone I see in a professional capacity is in danger of serious harm, I will intervene, after explaining this to the person. Similarly, if, in my professional capacity, I hear of another person whom I believe may be in danger of serious harm, I will intervene.

I consult with a professional colleague, where I discuss my work while protecting patient confidentiality. My professional practice and consultations comply with the guidelines of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
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