Dr Charlotte Whiteley
I am a chartered psychologist working with individuals, couples, families and groups on both a short and long term basis. I have several years experience working in the NHS, private and charity sectors with a diverse range of client groups.
My areas of speciality include:
- Gender and sexuality
- Eating disorders
- Depression, anxiety and stress
- Relationship, couples and family therapy
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Life transitions, such as separations, deaths, births and illnesses
- Loneliness and isolation
- Loss of meaning and purpose
I pay particular attention to the ways in which our relationship with ourselves, others and society impacts on how we feel in the world. I therefore place great importance on the therapeutic relationship, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic space.
I am trained and experienced in working from a diverse range of therapeutic models, or 'types of therapy'. But underpinning these approaches is my relational, client-centered, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude. I prioritise the therapeutic relationship and think of this as central to both short and long term therapy.
In addition to paying close attention to relationships, I draw on mindfulness, compassion-focused and cognitive behavioural therapeutic interventions as well as existential and systemic theory. These evidenced-based models enhance my understanding of human distress and compliment the emphasis I place on how we all uniquely experience our difficulties.
In addition to the therapeutic models from which I work, I also pay close attention to relationship patterns, social groups, relgious and cultural backgrounds, gender and gender diversity, sexuality and (dis)ability. The experience of difference, diversity and marginalisation can have a profound impact on how we feel about ourselves and are particular areas of interest to me.
I have practiced mindfulness meditation for the past twenty years and I often draw on my experience and knowledge of buddhism and mindfulness to inform my practices.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology gained from University of Surrey (Dpsych)
- Psychology undergraduate degree gained from City University London (BSc)
- Certificate in Enhanced Cognitive Behvioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
- Training in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
- Graduate diploma in systemic family and relationship therapy gained from Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
Training and Experience
I have worked in a number of settings with a diverse range of clients and difficulties. My early experiences were gained from working with individuals in extreme distress experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. I then worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents and adults who had experienced traumas.
Within the NHS, I have worked in an anxiety disorder residential unit with adults diagnosed with various anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphia, health and social anxiety. I have also worked in a mood disorder service supporting people with depression and other mood related difficulties. I worked in a specialist NHS eating disorder service with both inpatients and outpatients and I currently work at the Tavistock and Portman Gender Identity Clinic with adults experiencing gender incongruence.
Publications, conferences and teaching
Whiteley, C. (2017) The impact of in-session weighing in eating disorder services on the therapeutic relationship: A flexible, transparent and reflective approach, Counselling Psychology Review, 22, 2.
Whiteley, C., Coyle, A. and Gleeson, K. (2017) An idiographic analysis of women's accounts of living with mental health conditions in Haredi Jewish communities. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 1367-4676.
Conferences and presentations
Whiteley, C. (2017) An idiographic analysis of women's accounts of living with mental health conditions in Haredi Jewish communities, Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom. July 6-7 2017.
Whiteley, C. (2018) Gender Identity and Eating Disorders. St Anns Eating Disorder Service, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, United Kingdom. December 2018.
Visiting lecturer in Play Therapy on doctorate in counselling psychology at University of Surrey (2017).
Visiting lecturer in Eating Disorders on Masters Programme in mental health at University College London (2017).
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
Sessions are £110 for individual therapy and £130 for couple/relationship/family therapy.
I offer discounted sessions for trainee therapists and for those on low income. Please contact me to discuss this further.
I now offer a low cost clinic for LGBTQIA+ individuals aged 18 - 25. Please contact me to discuss this further.
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer on the day of our appointment. I have a 48 hour cancellation policy, otherwise sessions will be charged in full.
About the therapy sessions
Therapy begins with an initial free of charge consultation lasting 50 minutes. This is an opportunity to discuss your difficulties and think together about therapy going forward. It will also be an opportunity for us to get to know one another and for you to ask any questions or express any concerns or worries you may have about therapy. Following this, if we agree to begin therapy, individual sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. Couple/relationship/family sessions can be arranged at intervals that work for the couple/relationship/family and these sessions can either be arranged as 50 minute sessions or 90 minute sessions, which tends to be preferable when therapy involves more than one person.
Therapy is reviewed at regular intervals and can be short or longer term depending on your individual needs and circumstances.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client