Dr Lucy Davidson
I am a chartered counselling psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have worked in charitable organisations, the NHS and the private sector for over a decade, supporting individuals, couples and families with a range of different concerns.
My independent practice is based in South West London and Central London (W1), where I offer therapeutic sessions to individuals and couples using short and long term models of support. I offer support in coping with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, work related stress, relationship issues, health concerns, bereavement, negotiating change, infertility and building self esteem/confidence.
I work relationally with the clients I see, aiming to build a shared understanding of their difficulties. Using integrative techniques (including evidence based psychodynamic, existential, humanistic and cognitive behavioural modalities) I focus on encouraging individuals and couples to identify their existing challenges, build an understanding of themselves and their situation and reflect on why they may feel the way they do. Through this process it is possible to build long term resilience and a more robust sense of self, having identified patterns of relating to others. This may include developing skills and techniques for coping in the future.
I offer a free of charge initial consultation (either over the phone or in person) which is a safe space to explore your concerns and goals, as well as consider whether we may be able to work together. We will explore aims of therapy and agree how we will work in sessions, ensuring that there are regular reviews and opportunities for feedback. I tailor my approach to the individual or couple and ensure that the therapy is a collaborative process.
Alongside my independent practice I work for a large private clinic located on Harley Street and in SW3, specialising in oncology, palliative care and bereavement. I also work with charities and organisations to offer staff support and training.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have a doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
- I am a registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and British psychological society (BPS) where I have chartered practitioner status.
- Training in psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and cognitive behavioural therapeutic models.
- I have over a decade of experience working with adults and children with complex and various emotional difficulties.
- Further training in couple therapy, mindfulness and group therapy/workshops
- I supervise and support clinical staff and offer training on psychology related topics including promoting psychological awareness/self care within teams
- I often facilitate seminars and workshops, speaking and presenting at conferences and training events
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me to discuss fees, they differ depending on the location. Some concessionary rates are available for individuals with a low income or trainee counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. I am a registered practitioner with most private health insurance companies.
I currently offer sessions on Monday afternoon/evening, Thursday and Friday mornings in Clapham, and Wednesday in Central London (W1).