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Dr. Chris James - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, DClinPsych CPsychol

Abergavenny NP7 & Cardiff CF24
07899 233558 07899 233558 07899 233558 07899 233558 Registered / Accredited
Abergavenny NP7 & Cardiff CF24

About me

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

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

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 fully trained in EMDR. Additionally, I am a qualified expert witness and regularly provide medicolegal assessments and reports for the Court. 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 full qualification - EMDR Extra/EMDR Association UK & Ireland
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) - Practitioner - Anna Freud Centre/UCL
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - Level 3 Accreditation - APT

Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) - Numerous training programmes completed, including bespoke individual training and specialist consultation from Prof. Donn Posner (UPenn, USA).

Current employment details:

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

NHS (2006 - 2020) - I most recently worked as the Principal Clinical Psychologist within a specialist sleep service at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. Prior to this I worked in Secondary Care Mental Health Services with both adults and adolescents.

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

Registered / Accredited

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.


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.

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

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Self-funding fees:

Initial consultation - £135 - 180

Therapy session - £90

Supervision, consultation and training:

Please enquire for prices

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

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.

Virtual Clinic
Regus, Brunel House
2 Fitzalan Road
CF24 0EB

Virtual Clinic / Abergavenny Natural Therapy Centre
12 Cross Street
Sir Fynwy

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

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


Monday - Friday 08:00-17:00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am passionate about the importance of good quality supervision and since qualifying have developed a specialism in clinical supervision, gaining a postgraduate qualification in CBT Supervision from King's College London and have attended numerous supervision training programmes and workshops. .

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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