Dr Debbie Stuart DClinPsych, MSc, MSc, BSc
My training and experience
I trained and worked in the NHS for 13 years before leaving in July 2016 to focus on my private work and to take up a part-time academic post. For the last seven years of my time in the NHS I held a Senior Clinical Psychologist post which involved setting up and managing part of a service, supervising junior colleagues and trainees, teaching on the training courses and developing research programmes, as well as seeing clients. As a senior therapist the clients I worked with usually had longstanding and complex psychological difficulties. I bring this set of skills and experience to my private work, which takes place in my own practice in SW16.
What I can help with
People come to see me for all sorts of reasons, including anxiety, depression, bereavements and relationship issues. Some people come because their GP has suggested a short course of CBT and the NHS waiting lists are too long, others come because they are looking for something longer term that will address issues that have been troubling them for some time. Sometimes people struggle to put into words quite what the problem is. Whatever the issue, my approach is to quietly help you think about where you are in life, how you got to this point and how you can move forward in a way that works for you.
What to expect
If you decide to work with me I will take a calm, open-minded approach. I will be interested in thinking about patterns you have noticed and will think with you about how these may have developed. I will gently challenge you, encouraging you to think about things from different perspectives. I can help you think about strategies to cope, as well as addressing what seems to be underlying the problem. Therapy can be interesting and meaningful but it can also be painful: I will pay close attention to how you are finding the process and will adjust the pace and depth to fit with your needs.
Why work with me?
Ultimately, I hope to support you in finding a way forward that fits for you. For some of my individual clients this has meant being able to find and stay in a healthy relationship, or to understand and reduce feelings of depression or anxiety; for some couples it has meant understanding and changing some of the patterns they have been stuck in, learning strategies to cope, or sometimes it has meant bringing a relationship to an end in a way that feels manageable for both individuals (and children when they have been affected).
Please see below for more details of my training and qualifications. Please also click through to my own website or get in touch if you have any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Psychologist, which means I was trained to doctoral level in the NHS to work with individuals, couples, families and groups, of all different ages and with a wide range of concerns. I also trained as a Systemic Psychotherapist, at Masters level. This means I have specialist skills in working with couples and families. I have been practising since 2003, gaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London in 2006, and later completing my MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy at King’s College London in 2014. I am registered with the UKCP (Registration no. 2011164538) and HCPC (Registration no. PYL17582).
I am trained in a number of models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (please see my website for descriptions of these therapies). I use elements of each of these models in my work, adapting the therapy to the client’s needs. I work mostly with adults.
As well as my private practice I hold a part-time post at The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, where I work as a Course Tutor on both Masters and Doctorate Courses offered by University College London.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Assessment session (75 mins) £100
Ongoing sessions (50 mins) £75 - £90 depending on individual circumstances and length of therapy.
Couples (or two family members):
All sessions (75 mins) £110
All sessions (75 mins) £120
My practice is based in SW16. There is plenty of free parking outside, a secure space for bikes and good public transport links.
I am a registered health provider for Cigna, PruHealth, WPA and AXA PPP.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
Types of client