Attachment-based Counselling in London

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Ruthie E F Smith
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE1  (Online Only)
I am an attachment- based UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist with 35 years of experience and also an Energy Psychotherapist. The ethos of my work and orientation is described on my website, www.theflamecentre.co.uk. I specialise in working with trauma and teach other psychotherapists new methods which gently release traumatic stress from the body. My book "Energy, Soul Connecting and Awakening Consciousness" (published March 2023 Karnac) describes how I work. I also run spiritual retreats in Norfolk. Many clients come to me to help resolve issues of personal crisis - and the way I work focuses on healing and wholeness
I am an attachment- based UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist with 35 years of experience and also an Energy Psychotherapist. The ethos of my work and orientation is described on my website, www.theflamecentre.co.uk. I specialise in working with trauma and teach other psychotherapists new methods which gently release traumatic stress from the body. My book "Energy, Soul Connecting and Awakening Consciousness" (published March 2023 Karnac) describes how I work. I also run spiritual retreats in Norfolk. Many clients come to me to help resolve issues of personal crisis - and the way I work focuses on healing and wholeness
020 4538 3443 View 020 4538 3443
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Sofia Likhacheva
Psychotherapist, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
London W1S
I work from a psychoanalytic perspective with an attachment-based focus, providing my clients a space to explore how their past might be influencing their life at present, as well as the ways they relate and connect to others. In the therapeutic process I help clients to gain insight into their state of mind by bringing the unconscious to a conscious level. Alongside these processes, I pay dedicated attention to the quality of the relationship between myself and the clients. This combination is a powerful vehicle for facilitating a meaningful change in the clients’ lives.
I work from a psychoanalytic perspective with an attachment-based focus, providing my clients a space to explore how their past might be influencing their life at present, as well as the ways they relate and connect to others. In the therapeutic process I help clients to gain insight into their state of mind by bringing the unconscious to a conscious level. Alongside these processes, I pay dedicated attention to the quality of the relationship between myself and the clients. This combination is a powerful vehicle for facilitating a meaningful change in the clients’ lives.
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CBT & Coaching for Couples & Individuals
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London N10
Getting the right help at the right time can change your life. I offer evidence-based therapy & coaching, drawing on the latest research into what works. Whatever issues you’re facing, my aim is to help relieve your distress as quickly as possible. I do that by drawing on approaches backed by decades of research. I am a previous Chair of The Bowlby Centre (leading body in the UK for attachment-based therapy) and the co-Director of The London Centre for Applied Psychology (providing training to other mental health professional and consulting to business about wellbeing in the workplace). I am also an ILM-accredited Coach.
Getting the right help at the right time can change your life. I offer evidence-based therapy & coaching, drawing on the latest research into what works. Whatever issues you’re facing, my aim is to help relieve your distress as quickly as possible. I do that by drawing on approaches backed by decades of research. I am a previous Chair of The Bowlby Centre (leading body in the UK for attachment-based therapy) and the co-Director of The London Centre for Applied Psychology (providing training to other mental health professional and consulting to business about wellbeing in the workplace). I am also an ILM-accredited Coach.
020 4538 1117 View 020 4538 1117
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Dr Melissa Barry
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London WC2H  (Online Only)
I draw on several models in my clinical practice, such as CBT (including CFT and ACT), Systemic and attachment-based theory.
Being a parent/caregiver can sometimes feel very challenging, especially if your child is experiencing difficulties. Are you left wondering whether you are getting it right? It may be that you want to strengthen your relationship with your child and think about how you communicate with each other. We may also think about how you are taking care of your own needs and how to self-regulate your emotions in a healthy manner. Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s mental health and are looking for a way to help your child feel like themselves again. No matter what you are both going through, things can get better.
I draw on several models in my clinical practice, such as CBT (including CFT and ACT), Systemic and attachment-based theory.
Being a parent/caregiver can sometimes feel very challenging, especially if your child is experiencing difficulties. Are you left wondering whether you are getting it right? It may be that you want to strengthen your relationship with your child and think about how you communicate with each other. We may also think about how you are taking care of your own needs and how to self-regulate your emotions in a healthy manner. Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s mental health and are looking for a way to help your child feel like themselves again. No matter what you are both going through, things can get better.
020 4538 0073 View 020 4538 0073
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Graham Johnston
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London WC1N  (Online Only)
I am trained in a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, to offer you an approach specific to you and your needs, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety/depression, attachment-based therapy for those struggling in relationships, exposure therapy for panic and anxiety, and solution-focused brief therapy.
I offer evidence-based therapy and coaching. I will help you challenge the way you think about your life, and to behave in new ways. We won’t just talk about the causes of your problems, like a lot of therapy. I tend to work with successful people who on the surface are doing OK, but underneath are really struggling. I'm not the expert on how you should live your life; but I can help and guide you towards feeling better and living the life you want. I've co-written the book on what the evidence shows makes up the best therapy – A Straight Talking Introduction to Therapy. So, you can be reassured you're in good hands.
I am trained in a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, to offer you an approach specific to you and your needs, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety/depression, attachment-based therapy for those struggling in relationships, exposure therapy for panic and anxiety, and solution-focused brief therapy.
I offer evidence-based therapy and coaching. I will help you challenge the way you think about your life, and to behave in new ways. We won’t just talk about the causes of your problems, like a lot of therapy. I tend to work with successful people who on the surface are doing OK, but underneath are really struggling. I'm not the expert on how you should live your life; but I can help and guide you towards feeling better and living the life you want. I've co-written the book on what the evidence shows makes up the best therapy – A Straight Talking Introduction to Therapy. So, you can be reassured you're in good hands.
020 3835 3668 View 020 3835 3668
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Salwa Jayyusi
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London SW7  (Online Only)
I am an integrative psychotherapist and couple counselor. I work with a range of approaches to suit your individual needs. I have over 20 year’s experience of working in various settings including the NHS with clients from different cultures and backgrounds.
I am an integrative psychotherapist and couple counselor. I work with a range of approaches to suit your individual needs. I have over 20 year’s experience of working in various settings including the NHS with clients from different cultures and backgrounds.
020 3974 1566 View 020 3974 1566
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James Angel
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London EC1V
I am an attachment-based psychotherapist based in Old Street, Islington.
​I believe that psychotherapy has the potential to get to the root of distress. Through a safe and confidential therapeutic relationship, we can come to understand ourselves better and live with more fulfilment, freedom and self-acceptance. Having been in therapy myself, I know first-hand that the process and effects can be profound. Part of this means looking at how experiences and relationships from earlier in your life are affecting things now. And part of this means learning to be with your present-day experience in a different way – becoming more mindful and curious about your emotions, your mind and your body.
I am an attachment-based psychotherapist based in Old Street, Islington.
​I believe that psychotherapy has the potential to get to the root of distress. Through a safe and confidential therapeutic relationship, we can come to understand ourselves better and live with more fulfilment, freedom and self-acceptance. Having been in therapy myself, I know first-hand that the process and effects can be profound. Part of this means looking at how experiences and relationships from earlier in your life are affecting things now. And part of this means learning to be with your present-day experience in a different way – becoming more mindful and curious about your emotions, your mind and your body.
020 4538 2960 View 020 4538 2960
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Shane Mackay
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE1
I have worked with a diverse variety of people that have experienced C-PTSD, depression, grief, anxiety, bipolar disorder, various personality disorders, identity-related issues (race, gender and sexuality), obsessive & intrusive states, hearing voices, paranoia, suicidality and many other attachment-based wounding and relational issues.
After qualifying thirteen years ago I worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee/qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. My approach mainly draws on Psychoanalysis, Somatic & Neurobiological approaches along with Philosophy & Critical Theory. My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting Queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways of living/being.
I have worked with a diverse variety of people that have experienced C-PTSD, depression, grief, anxiety, bipolar disorder, various personality disorders, identity-related issues (race, gender and sexuality), obsessive & intrusive states, hearing voices, paranoia, suicidality and many other attachment-based wounding and relational issues.
After qualifying thirteen years ago I worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for seven years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee/qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. My approach mainly draws on Psychoanalysis, Somatic & Neurobiological approaches along with Philosophy & Critical Theory. My approach is GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting Queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways of living/being.
020 3870 4138 View 020 3870 4138
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Denise M Dunne
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London W1G
I am an established private UKCP registered psychotherapist. NHS trained and experienced in leading evidence-based treatments, Integrative Psychotherapy, and trauma treatment (Somatic Experiencing). I tailor a way of working to meet your unique needs and personality style to help you achieve genuine sustainable progress. Working from my practices in City of London, Harley Street & Mayfair, I help people with a wide range of difficulties, from complex diagnosed mental health conditions and trauma to feelings of depression and anxiety, low self esteem, and difficult relationship and workplace problems.
I am an established private UKCP registered psychotherapist. NHS trained and experienced in leading evidence-based treatments, Integrative Psychotherapy, and trauma treatment (Somatic Experiencing). I tailor a way of working to meet your unique needs and personality style to help you achieve genuine sustainable progress. Working from my practices in City of London, Harley Street & Mayfair, I help people with a wide range of difficulties, from complex diagnosed mental health conditions and trauma to feelings of depression and anxiety, low self esteem, and difficult relationship and workplace problems.
020 3962 2390 View 020 3962 2390
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Dr Fatoumata Jatta (Online Therapy)
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SW13
My approach is evidence-based, consisting primarily of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, complemented by Systemic therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and attachment-based approaches such as Schema Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.
Seeking support can be a challenging step to take. I am here to help. As a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, I am trained to provide individuals, couples, and groups with evidence-based psychological treatments for a range of difficulties that can affect general well-being and quality of life. You may struggle with low mood and anxiety, and may be affected by issues such as relationship problems, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, trauma, sexual problems, or substance misuse. It is also common to experience a number of issues at once, making problems seem insurmountable.
My approach is evidence-based, consisting primarily of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, complemented by Systemic therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and attachment-based approaches such as Schema Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.
Seeking support can be a challenging step to take. I am here to help. As a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, I am trained to provide individuals, couples, and groups with evidence-based psychological treatments for a range of difficulties that can affect general well-being and quality of life. You may struggle with low mood and anxiety, and may be affected by issues such as relationship problems, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, trauma, sexual problems, or substance misuse. It is also common to experience a number of issues at once, making problems seem insurmountable.
020 3962 1167 View 020 3962 1167
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Dr Tanya McDonnaugh
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London W4
My name is Dr Tanya McDonnaugh and I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am experienced at assessing, formulating and treating a variety of psychological, emotional, behavioural and relationship difficulties, big and small. You might be struggling with a specific problem like anxiety or low mood, or maybe you have the sense that you are just not functioning at your best. Perhaps you have noticed difficulties in relationships, with your self-esteem, or in your ability to engage with daily tasks.
My name is Dr Tanya McDonnaugh and I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am experienced at assessing, formulating and treating a variety of psychological, emotional, behavioural and relationship difficulties, big and small. You might be struggling with a specific problem like anxiety or low mood, or maybe you have the sense that you are just not functioning at your best. Perhaps you have noticed difficulties in relationships, with your self-esteem, or in your ability to engage with daily tasks.
07498 205173 View 07498 205173
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Raffaella Hilty
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London NW2
I am a senior Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and an Analytical Psychologist/Jungian Analyst.
The choice to start psychotherapy may come for a variety of reasons. Becoming aware of repeating patterns of behaviour, struggling in personal and professional relationships, coming to terms with a particular traumatic event, or with feelings of depression, lack of purpose and meaning. Ultimately, there will be a unique reason for each person. Whilst my work takes into account the influence of the past onto the present, it also places as much attention to the future and to the fact that in the present psychological suffering there may be the potential for a meaningful new direction.
I am a senior Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and an Analytical Psychologist/Jungian Analyst.
The choice to start psychotherapy may come for a variety of reasons. Becoming aware of repeating patterns of behaviour, struggling in personal and professional relationships, coming to terms with a particular traumatic event, or with feelings of depression, lack of purpose and meaning. Ultimately, there will be a unique reason for each person. Whilst my work takes into account the influence of the past onto the present, it also places as much attention to the future and to the fact that in the present psychological suffering there may be the potential for a meaningful new direction.
020 8629 5259 View 020 8629 5259
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Dr Cat Douglas
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London N1  (Online Only)
I take a trauma informed and attachment-based approach to understanding the roots of these difficulties, and how they continue to impact in the present.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have over 10 years experience of working in mental health settings across the NHS and private practice. I have additional training in specialist modalities including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Everyone has their own unique challenges and struggles and so I provide a tailored approach to therapy, drawing from a range of evidence-based models, to suit your individual needs.
I take a trauma informed and attachment-based approach to understanding the roots of these difficulties, and how they continue to impact in the present.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have over 10 years experience of working in mental health settings across the NHS and private practice. I have additional training in specialist modalities including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Everyone has their own unique challenges and struggles and so I provide a tailored approach to therapy, drawing from a range of evidence-based models, to suit your individual needs.
01992 929925 View 01992 929925
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Dr Elena Xenophontos
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London E8
My practice compromises an integration of relational, psychodynamic and attachment-based principles as well as more present-focused approaches such as CBT.
If you are here it is likely that you are looking for support. You probably feel stuck or even unsure of what you are experiencing and you are interested to learn more or explore the option of therapy. I will aim to support you to navigate the difficulties you are experiencing, to get a clearer understanding of what it is you are experiencing as well as help you to identify what you would like to change in your life and embark on new paths.
My practice compromises an integration of relational, psychodynamic and attachment-based principles as well as more present-focused approaches such as CBT.
If you are here it is likely that you are looking for support. You probably feel stuck or even unsure of what you are experiencing and you are interested to learn more or explore the option of therapy. I will aim to support you to navigate the difficulties you are experiencing, to get a clearer understanding of what it is you are experiencing as well as help you to identify what you would like to change in your life and embark on new paths.
020 3835 5930 View 020 3835 5930
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Cinzia Frederick
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London NW8
I’m an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience, working with individuals and couples.
People consider starting therapy for a variety of challenges. Sometimes you may find yourself repeating patterns from the past, getting stuck in relationships which may not be helpful to you or you might be overwhelmed by feelings of depression or anxiety. I offer an attachment-based psychoanalytic approach to therapy, which has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships throughout life and how problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Making sense of your feelings and experiences will help you develop your own choices and resources to change your life.
I’m an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience, working with individuals and couples.
People consider starting therapy for a variety of challenges. Sometimes you may find yourself repeating patterns from the past, getting stuck in relationships which may not be helpful to you or you might be overwhelmed by feelings of depression or anxiety. I offer an attachment-based psychoanalytic approach to therapy, which has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships throughout life and how problems and distress in the present may be related to early experiences. Making sense of your feelings and experiences will help you develop your own choices and resources to change your life.
020 3835 6444 View 020 3835 6444
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Sana Afsar
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London N4  (Online Only)
I work with relationship difficulties, depression, grief, anxiety, identity-related issues (race, gender and sexuality), parenting struggles, stress and burnout, sexual abuse, suicidality, complex trauma, and other attachment-based wounding.
I am an Integrative Humanistic Therapist. I work with the understanding of intersectional complexities, neurodiversity and GSRD (gender, sexual, and relationship diversity). We explore all aspects of your lived experience to understand your current state of being. I utilise a trauma informed lens, as well as aim to re-establish connection with the body. Having lived in South Asia, the Middle East, America, France and now the UK, I am able to understand and acknowledge the social and cultural uniqueness of each person.
I work with relationship difficulties, depression, grief, anxiety, identity-related issues (race, gender and sexuality), parenting struggles, stress and burnout, sexual abuse, suicidality, complex trauma, and other attachment-based wounding.
I am an Integrative Humanistic Therapist. I work with the understanding of intersectional complexities, neurodiversity and GSRD (gender, sexual, and relationship diversity). We explore all aspects of your lived experience to understand your current state of being. I utilise a trauma informed lens, as well as aim to re-establish connection with the body. Having lived in South Asia, the Middle East, America, France and now the UK, I am able to understand and acknowledge the social and cultural uniqueness of each person.
020 4524 3078 View 020 4524 3078
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Shokoufeh Basset
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London NW3
Besides, I draw on theories from different schools of thought, including interpersonal, object relations and attachment-based principles to psychotherapy.
As an experienced Clinical Psychotherapist, I provide counselling to adults and couples. I describe myself as an Integrative Clinical Psychotherapist; My experience and training have enabled me to develop expertise in various treatment models which enables me to draw on different approaches and techniques that suit the person you are and the issues that you are presented with. I am trained in Psychodynamic, Existential and Person-Centred therapies. My theoretical approach is predominantly informed by psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy, which explores how the unconscious mind influences thoughts and behaviours.
Besides, I draw on theories from different schools of thought, including interpersonal, object relations and attachment-based principles to psychotherapy.
As an experienced Clinical Psychotherapist, I provide counselling to adults and couples. I describe myself as an Integrative Clinical Psychotherapist; My experience and training have enabled me to develop expertise in various treatment models which enables me to draw on different approaches and techniques that suit the person you are and the issues that you are presented with. I am trained in Psychodynamic, Existential and Person-Centred therapies. My theoretical approach is predominantly informed by psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy, which explores how the unconscious mind influences thoughts and behaviours.
020 7870 3160 View 020 7870 3160
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Hans Buschmann
Psychotherapist, MA, BPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London EC3A  (Online Only)
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Attachment-based Therapist with additional training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Hello, Welcome to my webpage. It is not easy to find a suitable therapist, especially when you are in distress. I hope that this page will provide some clarity as to whether I might be be right therapist for you. I offer open-ended psychotherapy or brief counselling. In open-ended psychotherapy we could, for example, talk about your difficulties and explore the underlying issues. We could try to understand why you think, feel and behave the way you do. The insight which you gain could help you to let go of patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that may have sustained you in the past, but now cause you difficulties.
I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Attachment-based Therapist with additional training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Hello, Welcome to my webpage. It is not easy to find a suitable therapist, especially when you are in distress. I hope that this page will provide some clarity as to whether I might be be right therapist for you. I offer open-ended psychotherapy or brief counselling. In open-ended psychotherapy we could, for example, talk about your difficulties and explore the underlying issues. We could try to understand why you think, feel and behave the way you do. The insight which you gain could help you to let go of patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that may have sustained you in the past, but now cause you difficulties.
020 4538 0032 View 020 4538 0032
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Dr Lola Olukotun
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London E14
As an integrative practitioner, the range of approaches I use include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT); Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Mindfulness Interventions; Family Therapy; and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).
I have worked as a therapist for many years and enjoy helping people make sense of their experiences. I value hearing each person's story and supporting them to find inner calm, understanding, and change unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving and relating to others. There are many reasons why people seek therapy and would like someone to talk to. I have specialist interest and experience in working with a variety of difficulties, primarily depression, anxiety, OCD, low self-esteem, stress &burnout, relationship issues and insecure attachment styles.
As an integrative practitioner, the range of approaches I use include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT); Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Mindfulness Interventions; Family Therapy; and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).
I have worked as a therapist for many years and enjoy helping people make sense of their experiences. I value hearing each person's story and supporting them to find inner calm, understanding, and change unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving and relating to others. There are many reasons why people seek therapy and would like someone to talk to. I have specialist interest and experience in working with a variety of difficulties, primarily depression, anxiety, OCD, low self-esteem, stress &burnout, relationship issues and insecure attachment styles.
020 4538 3982 View 020 4538 3982
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Dr Emma Larsson-Thomas
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London SE1
The main approaches I use are attachment-based (psychodynamic, MBT and TFP) but I also draw on ideas from CBT, systemic and DBT.
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience. Individuals coming to see me may be considering therapy for a specific concern or difficulty (e.g. anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties) or have a specific question, event or life transition that needs attention. Others may have noticed that they are stuck in unhelpful and painful patterns. Or perhaps wanting to get to know themselves on a deeper level or change the way they interact with themselves.
The main approaches I use are attachment-based (psychodynamic, MBT and TFP) but I also draw on ideas from CBT, systemic and DBT.
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience. Individuals coming to see me may be considering therapy for a specific concern or difficulty (e.g. anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties) or have a specific question, event or life transition that needs attention. Others may have noticed that they are stuck in unhelpful and painful patterns. Or perhaps wanting to get to know themselves on a deeper level or change the way they interact with themselves.
020 3984 9972 View 020 3984 9972

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Attachment-based Counsellors

Is attachment-based therapy the same as attachment therapy?

Attachment-based therapy may be confused with what is called “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy”), a discredited and dangerous approach to treating children with attachment disorders, autism, or other mental health concerns. Attachment therapy—not attachment-based therapy—may involve restraining a child, forcing eye contact, and other coercive or abusive techniques. None of these practices are used in attachment-based therapy and the two modalities are in no way related.

What should I expect from attachment-based therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is based on attachment theory, which posits that children’s early relationships with their caregivers strongly influence their ability to navigate the world later in life. Thus, adults who seek attachment-based therapy should expect to deeply explore their childhood, identifying the dynamics or experiences that disrupted their attachment and the steps necessary to overcome challenges that arose as a result. Parents and children should expect to explore the possible factors that disrupted the parent-child relationship and work toward restoring trust and connection.

How long does attachment-based therapy last?

Certain forms of attachment-based therapy, especially those designed for parents and children, last for a set number of sessions; for example, Attachment and Biobehavioural Catch-Up, a specific attachment-based approach for young children who have undergone early adversity, unfolds over 10 one-hour sessions. When attachment-based therapy is practiced on adults or combined with other modalities, it may not last a specific length of time; clients may wish to ask prospective therapists how long they expect treatment to take.

Does attachment-based therapy work?

Most of the research on attachment-based therapy focuses on children and adolescents. Some of this research shows a positive effect, especially for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Other studies, however, have found that attachment-based therapy is no more effective than other approaches to childhood depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Less is known about the therapy’s efficacy on adult populations.