Lucy Christopher

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MSc (Psych) UKCP reg
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London EC4A & EC2A
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About me

I am a humanistic psychotherapist and I also offer cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i). I currently have spaces for insomnia clients only. 

CBT-i: I help sleep deprived people to fall asleep faster, reduce problematic night wakings, and overcome sleep anxiety - freeing themselves from being preoccupied with sleep across the 24 hour cycle. I am a former insomniac myself and re-trained in CBTi after benefitting from its transformative effects in my own life. 

Keep reading to learn more about how CBT-i with me may be able to help you too. 

CBT-i: I will help you to improve your sleep by reducing your sleep anxiety and develop lasting strategies to regulate and improve your sleep/ wake rhythm across the 24 hour period, without resorting to medication. After screening for possible co-morbidities (other health problems affecting your sleep) I offer a structured approach that is tailored to you.

Insomnia is understood as:

  • Difficulty falling asleep;
  • Difficulty waking up and struggling to get back to sleep;
  • Waking up too early or too late; 
  • Tiredness during waking hours because of poor quality sleep;
  •  . . .and typically, a combination of these. 

CBT-i is the insomnia treatment of choice within the NHS and NICE guidelines. It has over 30 years of robust evidence and longitudinal research demonstrating its effectiveness, with new data being discovered all the time. 

My approach is non-pharmacological, and combines insomnia treatment with my humanistic background, to offer a holistic service. I quickly realised that CBT-i's very effective but formulaic approach can feel quite cold and clinical, and so I developed a method that meets you with warmth and curiosity also. Yes there is paperwork, and yes there are short exercises between sessions, but my relational approach also contextualises your insomnia within your wider life and relationships. I will be interested in the whole of you, not just your insomnia symptoms - and I will invite you to do the same. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a UKCP Reg Gestalt Psychotherapist with a Masters in psychotherapy. I am also undertaking additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (including at the SCNi - the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford University, and inpatient consultation with Dr Donn Posner, assoc. prof. at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University).

I gained my Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy in 2015. I also work for various charities running therapeutic weaving for wellbeing groups for people with mental health difficulties.

Before becoming a therapist I worked for over ten years in mental health and addiction services including prisons and probation, the charity sector, and in women's services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Vitality

Additional information

  • Initial 20 min phone consultation (free).  
  • I am registered with Axa and Vitality. 
  • One third of my client slots are low-cost. Once these are full, my other slots are a flat rate of £80 per weekly session. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My 1:1 therapy work is from 7am - 3pm Tuesday to Friday. 

City Therapy Rooms, 33 Furnival Street, London, Greater London, EC4A 1JQ

Therapy Space East, Blackall Street, London, Greater London, EC2A 4AD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My EC4A practice is on the ground floor, but is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

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Lucy Christopher
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