Dr Khodayar Shahriyarmolki (BSc, DClinPsy, PgDip, CPsychol)
I am a Clinical Psychologist and a specialist in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other anxiety disorders (including traumatic stress reactions) using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response-Prevention (ERP). Please see my website for more information about the the type of therapy that I offer and other details about me (http://www.shahriyconsulting.co.uk/).
Good quality CBT should always be personalised to your specific needs and goals. The therapy typically involves:
- Getting a thorough understanding of the problem, and understanding why it persists. This usually involves looking together at specific situations and examples where the problem has occurred, and identifying the patterns of thinking and behaviour that may be playing a role.
- It can also be useful to look at how these patterns have developed, and their links to past experiences. Our beliefs and coping behaviours tend to make sense in light of how past events have shaped our ideas about ourselves and our attitudes.
- Once we have a good understanding of how the problem works, we can start to develop practical strategies to empower you to change it. Usually, this involves identifying where the unhelpful cycles are, and learning ways to break these cycles.
- How we break unhelpful cycles involves a combination of "cognitive methods" (e.g., learning to change unhelpful thinking styles), and "behavioural methods" (e.g., confronting things that make us feel anxious, and which we might usually choose to avoid).
- The therapy is guided by your personal goals for what you see as important to achieve by the end of therapy. My role is to develop a supportive relationship with you, show you the tools that you will need, and guide you through the entire process with clarity and professional honesty.
- Typically, CBT is a short-term psychological therapy, where the aims are to help you to achieve the outcomes you want within the timeframe of the sessions, and give you the tools you need to keep progress going after the sessions end. The standard treatment length recommended in the NICE Guidelines for most anxiety problems ranges between 10-20 sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my doctoral and further training at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. My ongoing NHS commitments are at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley Hospital, a well-known national specialist clinic where many of the treatments for anxiety problems were first developed and researched. I have been based at the Centre since 2016, where part of my role involves seeing people with very severe anxiety who have often had multiple previous courses of therapy but without significant improvement. I am also involved in teaching and supervision, and have published research articles in academic journals.
I hold the following qualifications and professional registrations:
- BSc in Psychology, University of Leeds (2006)
- Doctor in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Institute of Psychiatry (2012)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, Institute of Psychiatry (2013)
- Health and Care Professionals Council, registered Practitioner Psychologist (no. PYL28986)
- British Psychological Society, Chartered Member (CPsychol; no. 355517)
- British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), fully accredited practitioner (no. 140708)
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £150 per 50-minute treatment session. I am registered with most of the major insurers, including Bupa, AXA and Vitality. My fee for supervision is £100 per hour. The standard treatment length recommended in the NICE Guidelines for most anxiety disorders ranges between 10-20 sessions.