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C. Comfort Shields, CPsychol, MPhil (Oxon), MA, FRAI, MBACP

Central London, W1W
07464 798 730 07464 798 730
Central London, W1W

About me

The co-founder of the Box Tree Clinic in the Harley Street area of Marylebone, where I was clinical director for years, I am trained in the application of several therapeutic modalities and specialise in humanistic and psychodynamic psychotherapy (influenced by the psychoanalytic work of Stolorow) as well as person-centred therapy for many issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, personality disorders, and relationships. I am a specialist in Narrative Exposure (NET) therapies for PTSD and C-PTSD from sexual abuse, complex grief, war, and disaster. Visit comfortshieldspractice.com for more information.

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.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Survivors of sex trafficking
  • Adult children of borderline (BPD) parents

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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  • Individual Psychotherapy

        50 mins

        £130 (£180 if paying through insurance where your therapist must provide paperwork

        directly to the insurance company)

  • PTSD Treatment (Prolonged Exposure or Narrative Exposure Therapy)

        90 mins

        £220 (£270 if paying through insurance where your therapist must provide paperwork

        directly to the insurance company)

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I am a recognised provider of Aviva, Healix, and Vitality Private Insurance.

I am glad to provide invoices to clients to be reimbursed by the following insurance companies:

  • Cigna Global
  • Bupa International

Central London

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None







Please visit my website to view my online calendar and to make a booking.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


C. Comfort Shields, CPsychol, MPhil (Oxon), MA, FRAI, MBACP

C. Comfort Shields, CPsychol, MPhil (Oxon), MA, FRAI, MBACP