Dr David Gracey CPsychol DClinPsych
A Chartered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working in NHS settings alongside my private practice.
My main approaches are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). My special interests include: treatment for anxiety disorders (panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and phobias) and mindfulness-based approaches to the treatment of depression.
My practice is situated quite close to Balham Tube Station and so is convenient for: Balham, Clapham, Wandsworth, Battersea, Streatham, and Brixton.
I am also able to see clients at a number of Central London locations (Wimpole Street and Snow Hill Court). For bookings and further information, please visit www.thehousepartnership.co.uk.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, London
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, London
- PhD in Clinical Medicine - Queen's University, Belfast
- BA (HONS) Psychology - Queen's University, Belfast
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPSS)
- Chartered Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
All sessions (including the initial consultation) are 50 minutes in duration. The fee for each session is £95 (for those seeking psychological therapy paid for by their insurer, rates will vary according to the provider).
I am registered with all major UK based private health insurance providers:
- AXA (PPP)
- Pru Health
I like to consider people from the perspective of words and language. The stories that we tell ourselves and the ways we narrate our own lives can be incredibly liberating….or painfully constraining. We can all too easily find ourselves at the wrong end of punishing self-talk, and the words we use—whether spoken or thought—can have an extraordinary power over us. Left unchecked, the weight of all those self-imposed expectations can lead to a debilitating sense of distress.
However, these words and stories are also malleable: It is possible to change our story, adapt the rules, and be liberated by learning to change the way we judge and perceive ourselves.
I come from a traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) background, enhancing this with elements of other more recent evidence-based approaches, including Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). From the outset I can offer genuine curiosity, with no other agenda than to truly listen. This is your opportunity to be still, to sit and to relate your stories, so that eventually we can begin to shape them to make a brighter future. For this to happen you need to be heard, listened to, and understood.
Therapy is about showing you this possibility of hope, helping you find the ingredients for change, and then co-constructing a plan to help get you there.
My desire to make a meaningful contribution to the well-being of others, coupled with the experience of listening to and engaging with other people’s stories, are what allow for meaningful change to occur on both sides. The unique nature of each person’s therapeutic experience means there is always more to be learned, and the opportunities for growth really keep the experience alive.