Charlie Whiteford- CBT & IPT Psychotherapist
I am a Cognitive Behavioural and Interpersonal Psychotherapist living and working in West London, fully accredited with the BABCP and IPTUK. Please see below to understand a bit more about the therapies I offer.
Sometimes we just need a safe space to explore our feelings, sometimes we know we need to change the way we see ourselves and sometimes important relationships are being damaged. Whatever the difficulty, I aim to work with you creatively as a team to help you feel better and achieve your goals. I believe that a relaxed, warm and honest space is what's needed to help us work best, so rest assured this is what I will always offer.
What I can help with
Having worked in both public and private settings, I am able to offer effective evidence-based treatment for depression, grief, low self-esteem, stress, relationship issues and a range of anxiety disorders (including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, phobias, Panic Disorder and Health Anxiety). Frequently behind many such problems may lie deeper rooted feelings of guilt, shame and anger. I incorporate theory and practice from 3rd Wave modalities (such as Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindfullness) to help clients explore and come to terms with such feelings.
I gain great enjoyment in being able to work with clients of varying ages and backgrounds; taking interest in the impact that individual experiences, cultures and relationships have on a person’s psychology and ultimately how these factors colour the way we cope with distress. I have had the privilege of working with clients ranging in age from 16 to 102 and never fail to learn from their rich life experiences.
What to expect
Before our first meeting, I am very happy to offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to make sure I am the right person to help, scheduled at your convenience.
The first session will be an initial assessment to talk about your main difficulties and what you would like the focus of treatment to be. Depending on your needs, I may ask questions about early life and family, to help me understand your circumstances better.
Sessions typically take place on a weekly basis in Ealing Broadway, with access to Central and District lines and National Rail services between Paddington and Reading. The length of our time together will be dependent on your individual needs and will be decided jointly, however NICE guidelines stipulate a minimum of 12 sessions of CBT as a therapeutic dose for depression and anxiety disorders and a course of IPT 12-16. I am very happy to work on a longer-term basis if this is your preference.
As a fully qualified psychotherapist I adhere to ethical guidelines laid out by my accrediting body (BABCP). I routinely discuss my cases with my clinical supervisor to ensure high standards of care, whilst maintaining client confidentiality. My duty of care as a health professional to the individual may mean I discuss (with consent) important matters with clients' GPs. Clinical notes are held securely within an online caseload management system ('bacpac').
How to get in contact
Please contact me via telephone or email to arrange a free 15 minute consultation or book your first session. I look forward to hearing your story.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work part-time within higher education, as part of the counselling team at a leading London university. I offer individual therapy to undergraduate and post-graduate students who may be struggling with a wide variety of difficulties, including but not limited to academic stress, disordered eating, depression and sexual identity.
I also work within private practice in West London and am registered with various private health insurers to provide individual CBT and IPT.
I worked for the NHS within primary care psychological therapy services for 7 years. Within these roles I delivered therapy in a variety of formats (including individual, group, telephone and online) and worked as a clinical supervisor to junior colleagues. I triaged new referrals entering the service to assess suitability and regularly liaised with GPs and health professionals to build awareness of mental health difficulties within the local community.
My strong suit is to be able to adapt my style to the needs of the individual to help them reach their goals within therapy. This has not only been developed through my work as a therapist but also as a support worker for adults with dementia and learning disabilities presenting with varying cognitive and communicative abilities.
Although I no longer practice art formally (my undergraduate degree was in Art and Psychology), I have a continued interest in the creative arts, not only for the relaxation and inspiration they give me personally, but also the potential therapeutic benefits they hold for those in psychological and physical distress.
- Practitioner in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families (2019)
- Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Metanoia Institute (2018)
- Post Graduate Diploma High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy University of Royal Holloway (2017)
- Ken Laidlaw Training in CBT with Older Adults Charlie Waller Institute (2015)
- Post Graduate Certificate Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy University of Essex (2013)
- Bachelor of Arts Art and Psychology University of Reading (2011)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transitions, life changes, loss
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £60.
I am very happy to offer a concessionary rate of £40 to students and carers (where evidence can be provided).
Concessions offered for
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a group of evidence-based strategies and techniques used to treat depression, stress and anxiety disorders. Since its inception in the late 1960s, CBT has grown and developed greatly, but the key aims and principles remain the same: the way we think affects the way we feel and what we do, creating a vicious cycle of negativity. CBT helps people learn to break these cycles by empowering them with increased awareness of their difficulties and new tools to manage unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
As public awareness of mental health issues has increased over the last ten to fifteen years, so has the provision of CBT within various sectors of health care. Its popularity could be accounted for by a few different factors- its time-limited nature, structured approach or focus on goals- but what is crucial is its accessibility, no matter what age, background or learning needs there is a very good chance that it will be able to help.
Interpersonal psychotherapy is an evidence-based therapy for depression. It is a structured approach lasting 16 sessions with three clear phases of treatment: assessment, middle and ending. It is a good alternative to CBT for those who think their depression stems from or is maintained by difficulties in their relationships. Within IPT we consider ways to improve important relationships whilst also processing difficult feelings about ourselves and others.
Examples of problems that IPT is really good at resolving:
Transitions (such as becoming a parent, retiring, separation)
Grief (when struggling to get over someone that you had an important relationship with)
Disputes (where one relationship is stuck or in crisis)
Isolation (where there is difficulty in many relationships)