Dr David McCormack, Clinical Psychologist

Dr David McCormack, Clinical Psychologist

5 Staple Inn
Chancery Lane

020 7993 8495

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5 Staple Inn
Chancery Lane

020 7993 8495

About me

Thank you for visiting my page. Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I am a qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist. I am an expert in providing counselling and psychotherapy to people who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties, and I specialise in the treatment of depression, anxiety problems and psychological trauma. I use my clinical expertise and employ evidence based psychological therapy to enable people to overcome the difficulties that they are experiencing. I believe that the central aim of counselling and therapy is to enable people to better manage and cope, to feel less distressed, and ultimately to have an improved quality of life.

Hopefully this brief summary has been useful in helping you decide whether you would like to attend for a consultation. If you're still not sure and would like to get a better sense of who I am you might want to read the rest of the information on this page, visit my website, and/or get in touch with me directly.

If you would like to get in contact with me at any stage please do not hesitate to drop me an email or give me a call. I look forward to hearing from you.

The problems I treat:
I work with people who are experiencing a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. I specialise in the treatment of depression, anxiety difficulties and psychological trauma (e.g. recurrent panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety problems, and post-traumatic stress disorder). These types of common mental health problems can occur at any stage in a person’s life. Sometimes such problems appear to occur as if ‘out of the blue’, without a clear trigger or reason. While for others they can result from stressful life events, traumatic experiences or sometimes when one has to live with a persistent physical health problem.

While most people who come to see me have identified specific problems that they would like to overcome, for others it is sometimes hard for them to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. It may be that their personal relationships are strained or because they are worrying excessively and feel quite unhappy and they can’t seem to figure out the reason why or how to make it better. When this is the case the first place to start is to make sense of what is happening and then, if it is appropriate, commence a course of psychological therapy to address and overcome the problems identified.

Psychological therapy:
To enable clients to overcome the problems they are attending for I employ evidence-based psychotherapy. I draw upon and use a number of psychological therapy approaches in my work. The main approach I use is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The reason I most often use CBT is that it is proven to be an effective therapy for a number of common psychological problems. However, I realise that people are inherently complex and their problems unique, therefore I always tailor therapy to a client’s individual needs so as to best support them to overcome the difficulties they are experiencing.

What to expect:
If you have never attended a psychologist before you might be a bit apprehensive and not sure what to expect. It is really quite normal to feel this way. Let me try and reassure you, if I can, by telling you a little bit about what to expect. We will meet in a comfortable and pleasant consulting room at No. 5 Staple Inn, Chancery Lane, London. At our first appointment we will meet for approximately one hour and I will ask some questions to better understand what’s troubling you. I may also ask you to complete a short specialised questionnaire to help me to better understand how you are feeling.

At the end of our first appointment it should be clear as to whether I can help you or not. If it appears that I would be unable to help then I will provide you with clear advice about the best way forward. However, if it seems that I can help then we can discuss whether you would like to attend for a course of therapy. This would typically mean meeting for a number of sessions of focused psychological therapy aimed at overcoming the problems identified.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and experience:
I am a qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist. I trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Queen’s University Belfast. Since completing my clinical training, and prior to setting up in practice in London, I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Hospitals in Belfast, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the Maudsley Hospital, London.

I hold a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Queen’s University Belfast) and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (Trinity College Dublin). I have also undertaken specialist training in a number of psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychological Trauma (Oxford University). I am fully insured and registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist. My HCPC registration number is PYL24053.

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Appointments are typically fifty minutes in duration and the fee for each appointment is £80. If required, I provide summary letters to GPs and medical specialists free of charge. However, more detailed psychological reports attract additional fees.

Maps & Directions

London, WC1V 7QH

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Appointments available weekday evenings and weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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