L. Lucy Panayi CPsycol
121 Theobald Street
53 Lancaster Road
I am a Consultant Psychologist with several years experience working within the NHS. I thoroughly enjoy my work and I am very passionate about helping people overcome their difficulties whilst also being able to provide my clients with new skills and techniques to manage any future challenges that may arise. You can be certain that you will be talking to someone who really cares and who is focused on helping you achieve your goals and overcome any difficulties you bring to therapy.
Taking the first step towards therapy can be quite a daunting prospect for some people and it is very often filled with uncertainty, especially if this is your first experience of therapy. It is important that you are able to find a therapist that is the right fit for you and this may take some time. When you do, it can enable some profound changes to the the quality of your life, overall wellbeing and relationships. During the consultation you will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether you want to go ahead with the treatment. The therapy will be tailored to meet your individual needs. Most people only require a small number of sessions, however, there is no limit to the number of sessions you can have.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (hons) Degree
MSc Counselling Psychology
MSc Advanced Counselling Psychology
More Recent Training: Provider
Cognitive Therapy for Command Hallucinations 2011 Dept. of Psychiatry, The Maudsley Processing Therapy for PTSD 2011 OCTC
CBT supervision 2013 OCTC
EMDR, part 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2013 EMDR works
Social Anxiety & Imagery 2013 BPS
Acceptance & Committment Therapy (ACT) 2014 SEPT
Professional Body Memberships
I am also a member of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also an Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society.
I have worked within the NHS for 15 years, both in the older adult and adult services as a psychologist. I have also provided supervision to trainee counselling psychologists, assistant and qualified psychologists.
I have extensive knowledge and expertise in a variety of mental health problems which you will find listed on my website under Your Difficulties section (website is currently under reconstruction).
I mainly provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):
Suffering is a basic fact of life for humans, but it is not just about the pain of suffering psychological or otherwise. People don’t just have pain; they ruminate over past painful memories, uncomfortable emotions, and difficult self-evaluations. People spend a great deal of time worrying, dreading uncomfortable emotions or situations and tend to get involved in all kinds of activities to avoid any form of discomfort.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is not only about the problem of human suffering, and in fact it is so much more than this. It’s about moving forward and beyond suffering and identifying the purpose of people's lives and helping them to get active and live life. ACT is centered on such questions as “What do you really value and want do you want your life to be about?” or “If you lived in a world where you could have your life be about anything, what would it be?"
Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) has gained increasing attention in recent years. ACT emphasizes such processes as mindfulness, acceptance, and values in helping clients overcome obstacles in their lives. A basic assumption of ACT is that suffering is a normal and unavoidable part of human experience and that it is actually people's attempts to control or avoid their own painful experiences that lead to much long-term suffering and what doesn't work in people's lives. ACT helps people learn ways to let go of the struggle with pain, be more mindful, get clarity on what really matters to them, and to commit to living full, vibrant lives. The goal of therapy is not to eliminate certain parts of one's experience of life, but rather to learn how to experience life more fully, without as much struggle, and with vitality and commitment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a commonly used approach that has a very strong evidence base to support its effectiveness with a variety of problems. CBT helps you to understand, manage and change your thoughts (cognitions) as a first step in changing patterns of behaviour and feelings. In essence, if you change the way you think about things, you will begin to feel and behave differently.
The CBT approach is used by many psychologists, psychotherapist and counsellors. Some therapist will specialize in this form of therapy while others will integrate some of the tools and techniques with other approaches to help you through your difficulties. Through this process, negative, unhelpful, or irrational thoughts are identified along with more rational ways of thinking about things based on evidence. Through this process you will learn how to replace negative thinking patterns with more positive ways of thinking that will help you feel better about yourself, your relationships and life in general. CBT will also provide you with strategies for managing problems both small and large, so that they don’t dominate your life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) £60.00 per session
Committment & Acceptance Therapy (ACT) £60.00 per session
A limited number of low cost therapy sessions are available.
All sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Please note that all cancellations require at least 48 hours notice and failure to attend without prior notice will be charged at the full rate.
Payment is taken on the day.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available most days, evenings and weekends.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|