Dr Charlotte Mawbey BSc (Hons)., MSc., DClinPsy., CPsychol., HCPCReg.
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist working both privately and in the NHS. I have over 10 years experience working to support psychological and emotional well-being, providing comprehensive assessment, therapy and support to clients and their partners/families/carers for a wide range of difficulties including depression/low mood, anxiety/generalised anxiety disorder, panic, OCD, agoraphobia, body dysmorphic disorder, PTSD and so on.
Within the NHS I am the Consultant and Clinical Manager for a busy Neuropsychology service, providing input in health and neurology settings, working with patients with difficulties such as diabetes, cardiac conditions and neurological conditions, among others, to assist people with low mood, worry or difficulties adjusting. Conditions that I regularly work with include stroke, traumatic brain injury, working with those with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, functional neurological disorders, epilepsy and so on. I provide tailored interventions, adapting these to the needs of the difficulties present, as well as providing complex neuropsychological assessment of thinking skills e.g. memory, attention, speed of processing etc.
Whether your difficulties are related to your physical health or are a product of daily stresses, relationship difficulties or just a sense of feeling low, anxious or unsettled, I believe that the person is the expert on themselves and the psychologist is the expert on the Psychology, and that by building a trusting and non-judgemental relationship, therapy can be successful in assisting a range of difficulties.
No problem is too small, however it's the impact that it has that can feel unmanageable. I also believe that every therapist and therapy varies and that it's worth finding a good fit for you, even if sessions have not been helpful previously. In fact, MANY of my clients come to be saying "CBT hasn't worked before" but there may have been a range of factors affecting the work you did, so please get in touch for a chat to figure out if we can tackle the issue in a different way.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
I aim to deliver this flexibly. For some people this may be the "classic" CBT approach of structured sessions with concrete exercises, worksheets and activities such as planning activities to work on issues in a structured way outside of sessions. For example, someone struggling with black and white thinking, always believing the negative about themselves, may benefit from a mixture of discussing the concerns and working through exercises to challenge these thoughts such as weighing up evidence for and against them (which can be difficult to do alone) and by testing out whether the thoughts are true or not through behavioural experiments.
For others this may be less structured, using CBT principles to work on problems in session without worksheets/out of session exercises etc. For some, a bit of both may be helpful.
The following three approaches are developments of CBT:
Compassion focused therapy
Sometimes, we work on the thoughts and the behaviours and the feelings of anxiety or depression do not completely shift. Compassion focused therapy can be helpful in working more on the emotions and learning to be kinder to ourselves.
I incorporate compassion focused approaches into my sessions but also deliver this as an exclusive approach.
Acceptance and commitment therapy
Sometimes we cannot avoid something that is making us feel a certain way, whether it's a health problem that isn't going away or family relationships or experiences that are always going to be there. This approach focuses on learning to accept circumstances as they are and reach our full potential.
This approach focuses on telling our stories and thinking about our difficulties as external to us, we frame the difficulty in terms of our life and the story of our life and the role that the difficulty has played coming in to our life, in order to process it and think about a new story in which the difficulty doesn't play the same important negative role.
In reality, therapy looks like a combination of different approaches, drawing on techniques from each depending on what evolves in sessions and what a client is comfortable with. Other clients prefer just a general, open counselling approach, and that's also something I offer to approach difficulties in a less structured way, if that's what fits!
I tailor therapy so that the individual gets the most out of their sessions as one type of therapy doesn't necessarily suit everybody. I practice exclusively using evidence-based therapies that have been found, through extensive research, to successfully target whatever the difficulty may be. These are recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). You can view the recommended guidelines for different types of difficulty here: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/conditions-and-diseases/mental-health-and-behavioural-conditions
You will also notice I do not cater for a long shopping list of difficulties and do not offer a confusing list of twenty different therapy types. This is because my training has been specialist and specific - I prefer not to "dabble" in lots of different approaches, ensuring that I deliver high quality services in the areas in which I have full training, experience and expertise.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
- Masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuropsychology (MSc)
- First Class Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with Honours (BSc Hons)
- Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapist.
I have over 10 years of experience working privately and in the NHS with clients with mental health difficulties as well as those with health and neurological conditions, providing support and therapy to clients and their families and carers.
I am currently Acting Consultant Clinical Psychologist for a large London NHS Trust, supervising and managing a team of up to Band 8a Psychologists, including Assistant Psychologists.
Memberships and accreditation
- I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- I am also a member of two BPS specialist divisions: the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Division of Neuropsychology
- I am also a registered Practitioner Psychological with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
- I am also a member of the Society of Sports Neuropsychology
My website is currently being developed, but click here for more about me: http://charlottemawbey.com/drcharlottemawbey
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
I specialise as a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and also offer neuropsychological and psychological assessment, therapy and rehabilitation for physical health and neurological conditions, including (but not limited to):
- Acquired disorders: traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumours and brain cancer, spinal cord injuries
- Neurodegenerative disorders e.g. Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
- Memory disorders e.g. Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia
- Physical health conditions: diabetes, cardiac, pain etc.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Wed: Skype or telephone (evening only) Thurs - Fri: Skype, telephone and Face to Face available all day/evening. Sat - Sun: Limited face to face daytime only. Skype/telephone any time.
Types of client