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Consultant Clinical Psychologist, DClinPsych CPsychol

About me

**I run a virtual clinic and offer individual online appointments via video call (e.g. Zoom, Skype, FaceTime) or phone.**

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Sleep Specialist providing evidence-based psychological interventions for a range of difficulties including insomnia, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, depression, OCD, health anxiety, phobia, self-esteem issues, work-related stress and relationship difficulties.

I am the Sleep Expert for Holland & Barrett and provide consultation on their sleep services. I also provide sleep education and sleep coaching to professional sports teams and elite athletes, including Premier League and Championship football teams. 

I have full BABCP accreditation in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and am a BABCP accredited supervisor of CBT (training and supporting other therapists in delivering CBT). My specialisms include CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), trauma/PTSD and anxiety disorders.

I am also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. Additionally, I am a qualified expert witness and regularly provide medicolegal assessments and reports for the Courts. I am also an Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University.

My approach and therapeutic values:

I believe that high quality, effective and meaningful psychological therapy is about understanding the needs of the client whilst choosing the right type of psychological treatment based on current research. For me, the therapeutic relationship is the foundation on which therapy is built and I value gaining honest feedback from my clients at each session to help tailor and adapt the therapy to their needs. I use brief outcome measures to help track progress and as an additional way of gaining regular feedback to check that the therapy is on track.

Please visit my website for more information - www.drchrisjames.com

Training, qualifications & experience

Primary professional qualifications:

  • DClinPsych - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Oxford University)
  • MSc Clinical Psychology
  • BSc (1st Hons) Psychology

Other qualifications and training:

  • PGCert (Distinction) in CBT Supervision - King's College London
  • International Sleep Medicine Training Course - European Sleep Research Society
  • BPS Full Supervision Training Programme - BPS, London
  • Newcastle Model of Supervision - BABCP, Cardiff
  • BPS Expert Witness Training Full Programme - BPS, London
  • EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner - EMDR Extra/EMDR Association UK & Ireland
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) - Practitioner - Anna Freud Centre/UCL

Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) and Behavioural Sleep Medicine training - Numerous training programmes and workshops completed, including bespoke individual training and consultation from internationally recognised sleep experts and attending the AASM International Sleep Conference, USA.

Current employment details:

Independent practice (2014 - Present) - Expert assessment, therapy, consultation, supervision and training. Medicolegal assessment and reporting. 

Current freelance roles include:

  • Sleep expert - Holland & Barrett (September 2021 to present)
  • Sleep coaching - Liverpool FC (September 2021 to present)
  • Clinical Supervision services to Powys NHS & Aneurin Bevan NHS (2019 to present)

NHS (2006 - 2020) - I most recently worked as the Principal Clinical Psychologist within an NHS specialist sleep service. Prior to this I worked in Secondary Care Mental Health Services with both adults and adolescents. I continue to provide Clinical Supervision to a range of therapists working within the NHS.

I am a qualified and accredited clinical supervisor (BPS & BABCP) and have much experience of supervising a range of professionals and trainee therapists.

Member organisations

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Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

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.


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Treatment for insomnia: I am fully trained in CBTi - the 'gold standard' treatment for insomnia as per NICE and WHO clinical guidelines

Support for other sleep disorders including:

  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake disorders
  • Parasomnias e.g. night terrors, sleep walking, sleep-related eating disorder
  • Paradoxical insomnia
  • Shift/working pattern related sleep problems
  • Narcolepsy – CBT-N programme – help for living with Narcolepsy and other hypersomnias
  • CPAP adherence issues


From £120.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Self-funding fees:

Initial consultation - prices from £195

Therapy sessions - prices from £120 

Comprehensive sleep assessment - prices from £350

Supervision, consultation and training:

Please enquire for fees

Corporate fees:

Please enquire for bespoke services and packages

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday - Friday 08:00-17:00

Therapy appointments available

Further information

Please get in touch via email or call 07899 233558 for an informal chat to discuss your needs and to arrange an initial consultation.

2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF24

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I run a virtual clinic and offer appointments by video call (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp video) or by phone.

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Qualified and highly experienced clinical supervisor with BABCP accreditation in CBT supervision and member of BPS registered approved supervisors.

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