Dr. Charlotte Airey CPsychol, DPsych, MSc
I am a London-based Chartered Counselling Psychologist who works with adolescents and adults with various mental health conditions and emotional wellbeing support needs, from diverse backgrounds.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Masters degrees in Evolutionary Psychology and Counselling Psychology and a practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
I am trained in various different therapeutic modalities, including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered approaches, Psychodynamic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). This means that I am able to suggest the most appropriate form of support, based on your individual needs and experiences.
I have also had further specific training, through my continuing professional development, in the following areas; A Child’s Grief – working with bereaved children, Sudden and Traumatic Loss, Survivors of Suicide, PTSD and Mental Health and Major Incident Response to natural disaster or terrorism. I hold additional qualifications in infant loss (I am an accredited member of the Foundation for Infant Loss), in psychometric testing (I am on the BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use, RQTU) and in cognitive assessment (WAIS-IV certification).
Person-Centered Therapy is a humanistic approach that sees all individuals as having an innate ability to move towards their full potential, but that sometimes this can become blocked or smothered by certain life events. This approach can help you to reconnect with your inner values and sense of self-worth and foster self-belief and self-compassion. This process facilitates self-understanding, self-acceptance, healing and positive growth. This approach can very particularly useful for those experiencing difficulties related to anxiety, low mood, bereavement, stress or abuse.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a more structured approach that explores negative thinking patterns and can help you recognise links between your thoughts, emotions and actions. By learning to understand these links and to be mindful of your emotions, this approach aims to foster a sense of control over your difficulties. Once identified, challenging these unhelpful thinking patterns can enable us to change the behaviour that may be maintaining the problem. This approach can be particularly useful for managing anxiety, depression, addiction and eating issues.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
This is a form of CBT and therefore also explores thinking patterns. The aim of ACT is to learn to embrace your thoughts and feelings, rather than avoiding, denying or feeling guilty for them. Through exploring a client’s individual values, this approach can allow you to move forward by making choices in line with those values and enhance wellbeing. This approach can be effective for those going through a period of adjustment, managing long term health conditions or disability and anxiety.
I mostly offer an integrative approach therapy, drawing on aspects of many therapeutic models. Integrative therapy acknowledges that no two people are the same and that therapy must be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client. Research has consistently shown that the therapeutic relationship, between the client and the therapist, is the most important aspect of effective therapy. I therefore work very collaboratively with clients, being congruent, transparent and respectful. I believe that, while the therapist has the theoretical knowledge, the client is the expert of themselves and that through a positive therapeutic relationship, the client has the capacity to change and grow.
I work mostly with adults and young people, in many areas of emotional well-being and mental health and I have experience in a wide range of client presentations and histories. I am also experienced in working with couples. In addition to my private work, I have worked within the NHS and charitable sector for several years in a variety of services, including supporting people who have sustained life-altering injuries, those living with long term medical conditions or disabilities, those with addiction issues, providing bereavement support to those who have lost loved ones, and supporting individuals presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties, such as mood and personality disorders.