Dr Cornelia Anca Alba

Dr Cornelia Anca Alba



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About me

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist working both within the NHS and with private clients. I work with clients of all ages who suffer many different forms of distress, chronic or acute, mild to severe.

My clinical training and doctoral research concentrated on the understanding and treatment of adults and young people suffering in different ways ranging from day-to-day phobias to more enduring and severe conditions.

Recently I have specialised for the NHS in work with young people and their families. Privately, I have continued to work with adults as well. In all cases, I collaborate with clients to develop means of stabilising and coping through practical and manageable tasks and projects.

The therapy process

To begin, this process can be daunting and even may seem impossible or futile. But often, it can be a revelation for clients and especially for their families and loved ones to know that they have taken the first step on a journey that may be difficult, but is, nevertheless, possible.  All humans live with difficulty and face many challenges. But many clients who face terrible problems find that the therapeutic process gives them strength and builds to a restoration of health and functioning.

My approach draws on a range of therapeutic models and is informed by my continuing clinical work for the NHS (some of which is detailed below).

Each new client begins with a discussion of the problem, its history and its impact. With young people, an initial meeting includes discussion with families and young people both together and separately.

This leads to the initial assessment which draws on several areas of knowledge: the detail and experience of the unique individual or family; my own clinical experience; and a body of research evidence and psychological theory.

After the assessment, the client and I will draw up a tailored programme of therapeutic work. This will be designed first to manage and limit the pain and disruption caused by distress and then to offer support through practical exercises and tasks with the aim to break down and ultimately alleviate the problems that cause the distress.

This therapeutic process involves a respect for the emotional pain associated with client experiences. The mature and patient examination of such feeling, and ultimately the ability to do so independently in the future, is essential to sustainable recovery.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Psychology
Ma (Dist), PhD in Educational Leadership, University of Warwick
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Other Training
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT, 8 week course)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Systemic and Family Therapy (Certificate, Level 1)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Initial phone consultation free.

Assessment and therapy sessions: £90/50mins.

There is a 48h cancellation policy.

Maps & Directions

London, SE15
London, SE22

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday - Friday 6-8.30pm

Types of client

Young people
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