Dr Michaela Dunbar, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, HCPC, BPS

Dr Michaela Dunbar, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, HCPC, BPS

Iris Therapies
Unit 17 Keynote Studios
58-72 Dalmain Road
SE23 1AT


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Sometimes low mood or anxiety can be so persistent that it gets in the way of living the life we would rather be living, and we find that we're unintentionally neglecting ourselves and other things. Some of us have experienced a traumatic event that we just can't seem to get past. At times it can feel as though we've lost sight of our values and goals and we want to get back on track but have no idea how, or where to start. Many of us worry about our children who seem withdrawn and anxious but we just don't know how to support them, and we worry that we'll make things worse. Well therapy, the kind that I do, can help.

I understand that looking for a therapist can feel bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information below will help to answer some of your questions, but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence by email (Michaela.dunbar@iristherapies.com) or phone 07471 865 929.

About Me

I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy. With 10 years’ experience of mental health work within the NHS, private and research sector, I have gained extensive knowledge and skills working with multiple difficulties. My training enables me to find creative ways to help people overcome their hurdles and get on with the life they'd rather be living.

Aside from my private work, I work as an NHS Senior-Psychologist and Clinical supervisor. In addition, I guest lecture on the Doctoral Clinical Psychology course for two universities, as well as participate in clinical interviews helping to source future Psychologists. My academic and supervisory roles help ensure my clinical knowledge is up to date.

I have a private practice in South East London where I specialise in face to face or online treatment to help children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of problems with low mood and anxiety, including:

• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Panic attacks / anxiety attacks

• Agoraphobia

• Phobias

• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

• Social anxiety / social phobia

• Performance anxiety / fear of public speaking

• Health anxiety

• Hypochondriasis

As a Clinical Psychologist I'm trained in various different therapeutic 'models'. I typically use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). However, an assessment session will help to find out which type of intervention will work best for you.

I believe that it’s important for people to have a good experience of therapy. I understand that whether you are an adult, parent, child or adolescent, coming to therapy is a big and important step, and the idea of talking to a stranger about things that you are struggling with, and you may have never spoken about before, can seem daunting. With that in mind, my first aim is to cultivate a trusting, confidential, and non-judgmental relationship that makes you feel comfortable and safe enough to share your experiences and difficulties with me. From this starting point, my aim is to help you to develop a helpful understanding of your difficulties from which we can work towards implementing change strategies to support you in your journey forward.

Each person I meet with in therapy is a unique individual who is the expert of their experience, so our work together will be collaborative throughout, so that together we can explore what your obstacles are to thriving and meeting your potential.

What to expect from your therapy sessions

First we’ll have a free phone consultation (10 mins). Then, if you’re happy to, we can go ahead and book you in for your first appointment at a date and time that suits you. I try to keep therapy flexible, so sessions can take place in my clinic or online from home.

The first session is the assessment (60 minutes), and I will explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help, and your goals for therapy. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you.

After the assessment session, the therapy sessions will be 50 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful, and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.

Please feel free to arrange a free phone consultation by contacting me on 07471 865 929 or email michaela.dunbar@iristherapies.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 10 years experience supporting adults, children and adolescents with their mental health in NHS, community, social care, research, and inpatient settings. Currently I work as a Clinical Psychologist in a child and adolescent inpatient unit at The Priory Hospital. Along with my doctoral training I have undertaken the following additional training:

·       Compassion Focussed Therapy: Dr Paul Gilbert, BPS (2018)

·       EMDR – Part 1&2, Sandi Richman (2017)

·       Trauma Focussed CBT, David Trickey (2017)

·       DBT essentials, the Association for Psychological Therapies (2017)

·       Basic Life Support, adult & paediatric (2017)

·       Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders: Dr Christopher Fairburn, (2016)

·       Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Dr Tom Lynch, BPS (2016)

·       Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Level A: Dr Susan Howard, (2015)

·       Compassion Focussed Therapy: Dr Paul Gilbert, BPS (2013)

·       Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Surrey 2016

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited




Psychology Assessment (60 mins)


Therapy (50 mins)



Psychology Assessment (60 mins)


Therapy (50 mins)



Psychological Assessment (90 mins)


Therapy (50 mins)


Further information

My clinic is based in South London, a short walk from Forest Hill or Honor Oak Park stations. There's also free on-street parking all day if you prefer to drive.

I hold my clinics during the day on Tuesdays and Fridays, and during the evenings Monday-Wednesday.

Maps & Directions

London, SE23 1AT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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Types of client

Young people