C. Comfort Shields, CPsychol, MPhil (Oxon), MA, FRAI
I provide individual psychotherapy to adults from any background, sexuality, and religion. For more information, please visit my website at www.comfortshieldstherapy.com.
A warm welcome to my private psychotherapy practice in London W1. I am a co-founder and director of the Box Tree Clinic, a chartered psychologist, and member of the BACP. I work with adults with a wide variety of mental health issues ranging from everyday difficulties such as low self-esteem, loss, and relationships to more established diagnoses and chronic issues such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders and PTSD.
I am trained in the application of several therapeutic models and specialise in psychodynamic psychotherapy (influenced by the psychoanalytic work of Stolorow) as well as humanistic therapy and specialised treatment for PTSD and C-PTSD. Weekday and weekend hours, Skype, and online booking and payment are available.
My philosophy is that although most human beings experience difficult periods in their lives, it is not the difficult periods themselves that make people who they are; but rather it is what people make of the difficult periods that defines individuals. Clients are best able to work through painful experiences when they receive emotional validation and empathy from their therapists through the process of therapeutic alliance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a graduate of Oxford University, Fielding Graduate University (APA Accredited, California) where I had over 5 years of full-time post-graduate psychology training, and trained clinically at Yale University Medical Centre. Clinical psychology training in the United States is comprehensive and prepares psychologists to be psychotherapists, diagnosticians, as well as academics.
I have published peer reviewed articles in leading psychology journals, and presented research at the American Psychological Association's national convention. I have completed extensive original research on complex bereavement, attachment, and temporality and was awarded the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Fellowship from the Institute for Social Innovation. Psychoanalyst, philosopher, and author of Trauma and Human Existence, Robert Stolorow described reading my research as "an exhilarating experience". I have spoken on dozens of radio programmes about suicide loss survival.
I was born in America, and have lived in the UK for over a decade. Before training to become a psychologist and psychotherapist I worked in an editorial department of Penguin Books publishing, and completed postgraduate work in social and cultural anthropology with a specialisation in sociolinguistics and political anthropology. I am a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Survivors of sex trafficking
- Adult children of borderline (BPD) parents
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- Individual Psychotherapy
- Couples Therapy
- PTSD Treatment (Prolonged Exposure or Narrative Exposure Therapy)
A limited number of £85 concessions are available for university students (over 18 years old). Please enquire.
Although I do not handle private insurance claims directly, many of my clients have:
- Cigna Global
- Bupa International
I am glad to provide paid invoices to clients to send to their insurance provider for reimbursement. Normally, clients are reimbursed within 10 days and often within a few days. Currently, I do not accept UK private insurance, because they do not tend to cover therapists' fees.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
For those in the public eye, please enquire for directions for a discreet side entrance.
Weekdays and Weekends
Types of client