Dr Charlotte Airey
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am the Practice Director of The Belgravia Psychology Practice; www.belgraviapsychologypractice.com
Most of us will experience times in our lives when we need support. Therapy can provide a non-judgemental, emotionally safe and confidential space to help you explore your problems and gain insight into the way you feel and behave. As your therapist, I have no agenda other than your support and emotional wellbeing and seeking support from someone outside your circle of family and friends can mean it feels easier to open up and be honest. Therapy can help you to deepen your awareness of who you are and better understand your relationships with family, friends, colleagues and romantic partners. Engaging in therapeutic work can also enable you to reflect on the challenges you are currently facing and to either find a way to resolve them, or to accept them and move forward.
I understand that the idea of beginning therapy can feel daunting and confusing and that you might be unsure whether this is the right approach for you. If you feel uncertain and would like to know more or have any questions that are not answered here, then please feel free to contact me, with no obligation of starting sessions.
I mostly offer an integrative approach therapy, drawing on aspects of many therapeutic models. Integrative therapy acknowledges that no two people are the same and that therapy must be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client. Research has consistently shown that the therapeutic relationship, between the client and the therapist, is the most important aspect of effective therapy. I therefore work very collaboratively with clients, being congruent, transparent and respectful. I believe that, while the therapist has the theoretical knowledge, the client is the expert of themselves and that through a positive therapeutic relationship, the client has the capacity to change and grow.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training and qualifications
I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Masters degrees in Evolutionary Psychology and Counselling Psychology and a practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
I am trained in various different therapeutic modalities, including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centered approaches and talking therapy, psychodynamic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). This means that I am able to suggest the most appropriate form of support, based on your individual needs and experiences.
I have also had further specific training, through my continuing professional development, in the following ares; A Child’s Grief – working with bereaved children, Sudden and Traumatic Loss, Survivors of Suicide, PTSD and Mental Health and Major Incident Response to natural disaster or terrorism. I hold additional qualifications in infant loss (I am an accredited member of the Foundation for Infant Loss) and in psychometric testing (I am on the BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use, RQTU).
I work mostly with adults and young people, in many areas of emotional well-being and mental health and I have experience in a wide range of client presentations and histories. In addition to my private work, I have worked within the NHS and charitable sector for some years in different services, including supporting people who have sustained life altering injuries, those living with long term medical conditions or disabilities, those with addiction issues, providing bereavement support to those who have lost loved ones, and supporting individuals presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties, such as mood and personality disorders.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society