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About me

Are you struggling?

I am trained to support you so that you can clarify what you need, and how you can find a meaningful way forward.

My name is Désirée Scarpellini, I am an chartered psychologist with more than ten year's experience of providing psychological therapy in the private sector.

I provide confidential time-limited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and open-ended integrative psychotherapy in the Chilterns, South Buckinghamshire and online.

  • I offer therapy online (Video Therapy with 'Zoom' Video conferencing) and in a consulting room ('person to person').
  • I work with adults (over 17 years)
  • I work with individuals and couples

Whilst I work with a range of presentations, I have two specialist areas of interest:

  • I am skilled at supporting people to get the most out of their relationships with partners including conflict resolution and overcoming gridlock.
  • I am skilled at enabling the cultivation of a peaceful relationship with processes such as worry, rumination, obsessions, compulsions, panic and anxiety.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Status (membership number 170347); I am qualified and registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC Registration number: PYL30687); I also adhere to codes of ethics, training and conduct expected from a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

I hold current Professional Liability and Indemnity Insurance, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) certification and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a data controller.

A prerequisite of my professional registration is that I meet regularly with a clinical 'supervisor', and that I undertake ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Regular meetings with an experienced clinical supervisor are considered a means to ensuring consistency of practice and clinical safety. My commitment attending professional training (CPD) is a means to honouring my commitment to lifelong learning and refining my competencies as a psychological therapist.

Private and Public Sector Experience:

I have more than ten years' postgraduate experience in the private sector as a contractor with Harley Therapy, 1-7 Harley Street, London.

Previous to my private work, I gained several years' postgraduate honorary clinical experience within the organisations detailed below:

  • Stepping Stones Clinic, Psychological Therapies Team, Oxleas NHS Trust
  • Psychology Unit, HIV Medicine Royal Free Hospital
  • Older Person's Community Mental Health Team, N.E. London Mental Health Trust
  • Samaritans

My Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – London Metropolitan University
  • Master of Science in Counselling Psychology – London Metropolitan University
  • Person-Centred Counselling Certificate - London Metropolitan University
  • Postgraduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology – London Metropolitan University
  • Bachelor of Arts with 1st Class Honours in Theatre Studies (Design) – Central School of Speech & Drama
  • Bachelor of Arts with 2nd Class Honours, 1st Division in Philosophy – Bristol University

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


Additional information

How much does it cost?

50 minutes individual therapy £80.00

60 minutes couples therapy £100.00


My clinic is open on weekdays. I have some availability for video therapy sessions in the evening.

Chilterns CBT
St Mary's Court

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Désirée Scarpellini

Désirée Scarpellini