Welcome to my practice website. If you are seeking individual or couple’s therapy in Central London, you can find information here about my approach as well as practicalities about what to expect from therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] psychological therapy of choice for depression, anxiety, couples therapy and a wide range of life problems. The focus is usually on resolving difficulties in the present moment and producing enduring improvements relatively quickly. For these reasons, CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and widely used in the National Health Service [NHS] and centres of excellence internationally.
Clinical Psychology - A comprehensive approach
Clinical Psychology applies the science of psychology (how we think, act and feel) to helping people with clinical problems (problems in living and relationships). Drawing on an understanding of neuro-cognition, human development and the ways people interact with others (in couples, families and groups), clinical psychologists can often provide a more comprehensive approach than offered by a single therapy model.
Therapy is most effective when it is personalised and tailored to meet individual needs
When I meet someone for one-to-one therapy, my starting point is to understand them and how they experience their difficulties. What’s most important is finding an individualised way of working for each person I see, including a shared sense of how therapy can best meet their needs.
I have worked with many people in specialist services and private practice who have problems with
• Mood – Depression and Bipolar Disorder
• Anxiety –Worry, Panic, Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD),
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Health Anxiety
• Interpersonal Problems – relationships, separations, sexual problems, anger & emotional regulation
• Stress & Physical Health –Cardiology, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel (IBS), Fatigue (& Chronic Fatigue)
People are usually drawn to intimate relationships because it feels good to have closeness, understanding and a person to share important aspects of life with. When couples experience distress, particularly if it occurs repeatedly and on an ongoing basis, this can be painful and potentially destructive.
I provide Integrative Behavioural Couples Therapy (IBCT) a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for couples. Behavioural Couples Therapy is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence [NICE] and has a well-developed evidence base for a range of client.
As with other forms of CBT, this therapy begins with developing a comprehensive understanding of the problems as well as the strengths within the relationship. This is followed by sessions that aim to promote active facilitation of change as well as improvements in emotional acceptance and accommodation. [Read more on my Couples Therapy page].
Dr Paul Sigel DClinPsych, CPsychol
I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS and private practice. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the primary approach that I use [including more interpersonal, mindfulness-based and acceptance-based forms of CBT. (For more information, see the “About “ page of this website.)