Dr. Torstein Stapley
Welcome! My practice in the City of London offers psychological support and effective solutions in a modern setting and central location.
The focus of my work is on wellbeing and I believe that therapy should highlight individual strengths and allow for development and personal growth. In my view, therapy should be conducted in such a way that it facilitates and encourages the individual to continue the process of change even after therapy is completed. It is my belief that self-exploration conducted in an empathetic and supportive environment will highlight individual strength. It will also allow for a understanding and change to the way we judge and perceive ourselves and others. It is through this process that I think permanent personal development can be achieved.
My approach to therapy is grounded in the view that you are the expert about your life, and that my role is to facilitate your exploration with the help of evidence-based approaches to therapy. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy, as well as more recent therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy. Through genuine curiosity I will enter therapy with no other agenda than to truly listen to what you have to tell me. I will approach our sessions with empathy, unconditional support, and a wish for us to work collaboratively. In my view therapy should be empowering and facilitate hope, and you can expect to be heard, listen to and understood.
The majority of my work is conducted from an integrative therapeutic approach that draws on multiple therapeutic models. I place individual needs at the foundation of this work, and I will aim to account for and support your unique experiences and views. By working together I believe that we can improve your wellbeing and facilitate positive change.
If you are looking for a caring professional who will listen to your needs, and support you in achieving your goals then please contact me by phone or email. I offer a free 15 minute pre-assessment via telephone to everyone and you will not be obliged to continue with therapy after this call if you do not wish to. Please do also have a look at my website for further information about the different services that I offer.
I look forward to hearing from you
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained as a Counselling Psychologist at a doctorate level and I have completed postgraduate training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. I am Chartered member with the British Psychology Society and I am fully registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. I have also completed specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and a Masters degree (MSc) in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction.
I am a qualified clinical supervisor and regularly supervise clinical and counselling psychology doctorate trainees. I also hold a role as guest lecturer on postgraduate programme in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in London. I have worked in the NHS for over 9 years as well as in private practice. During this time, I have worked in a number of different settings including primary and secondary care, as well as specialist services. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and groups, offering both short-term and long-term evidenced-based therapy. Alongside my private work, I currently work at specialist national centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma.
Over the years I have gained extensive experience of working with depression and anxiety disorders such as panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. I also hold a strong personal interest and specialist knowledge of working with eating disorders, body dimorphic disorder, hoarding and drug and alcohol dependency. Additionally, my clinical work has regularly focused on stress reduction, anger management, bereavement, insomnia, sexual health and sexual identity, abuse, and relationship issues.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Assessment and subsequent treatment will be charged at:
Individual - £130 per session
Couples - £150 per session
Skype - £130 per session
I also offer a limited amount of low cost sessions. Please contact me to discuss this option further.
For those with mobility difficulties or for those who are unable to attend regular sessions in the City of London area, I can provide a confidential and supportive Online Therapy service through Skype or FaceTime.
The requirements to access this service are that you have a Skype or FaceTime account, a web camera and a good internet connection. It is also recommend that you have access to a private and quiet space for the total duration of our session. For further information about this treatment option please contact me by phone or email.