Professional Psychotherapy and Counselling in Harley Street


Private, Discreet & Effective Psychotherapy and Counselling in Harley Street, London W1

We offer face to face consultations in our Harley Street clinic. We also offer psychotherapy and counselling online, via skype or by telephone.

We are a medium sized psychotherapist practice, with three highly-trained psychotherapists, giving professional psychotherapy to those seeking help and needing to talk about personal, emotional and mental health issues.

Maybe with our help you can begin to bear what you think unbearable…

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice helps in two ways: Firstly, our psychotherapists help our clients to understand their behaviour and their feelings; and secondly, our psychotherapists help our clients find strategies for change and for greater psychological well being.

Psychotherapy & Psychotherapists

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy (which in itself is a treatment of symptoms) which involves talking to a trained psychotherapist about issues which are affecting one’s emotional life or mental health. The ambition on both sides is to understand and to relieve the symptoms.

The psychotherapist is a practitioner who may also be described as a therapist or as a counsellor. In all cases the ambition is the same, which is to counsel and to treat those with psychological symptoms.  The therapist is there to help the client understand and to find relief from symptoms and to be able to live a more comfortable life and to be able to get more from life than maybe can be imagined when the process begins. The terms and titles are not totally interchangeable as the description of a therapist or a counsellor does not require the 5 year training that a fully trained psychotherapist needs to use that title.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy seeks to bring both an understanding and a solution to problems through a series of discussions. It’s talking therapy and it involves no medicine or medical interventions.

The key to understanding psychotherapy is that it seeks to discover and understand the underlying causes of emotional or psychological problems. This may explain why the training for psychotherapy is in greater detail and depth than for simply therapy or counselling.

Please also see further notes on What is Psychotherapy

What is Therapy?

Therapy is most often one to one although some counselling is for couples or for families.  In each case the therapy involves creating an environment where difficult feelings can be expressed.  To this end, therapy involves certain structures which help to make a solution a more likely outcome. This includes the continuity with one therapist, a time frame, a regular series of meetings, a continuous environment and a process which is to some extent “a journey”. Trust and comfortableness are critical in therapy.

Therapy will be more successful when a greater self-understanding is gained and the skill of the therapist is to explore and bring out that understanding. A good therapist will tailor the therapy to the journey and this may make an exact prediction of the duration and results of therapy difficult to pin point at the beginning. The focus on the individual is the decisive mode in effective therapy. Because every set of circumstances is different, the therapy will vary.

One of the advantages of our practice is that with three psychotherapists, we can start that personalisation from before the start, by matching the right therapist to the client’s needs.

What does a Psychotherapist do?

A psychotherapist needs to facilitate the key parts of the process that we have discussed above.  This includes providing a comfortable environment in which to speak honestly and openly. This, as we have said, involves trust. A psychotherapist does not judge.

The therapist needs to listen. And the client needs to talk. The exact direction and nature of the talking will be gently guided by what is heard by the therapist. When the psychotherapist is in a position to understand the client, then a journey will begin.  That journey will have a final destination, though the stops and starts on the way and the exact route will depend on the progress of the client. One key factor in the success of therapy is the relationship between client and therapist and it is the job of the therapist – not the client – to make the relationship as easy for the client as possible.

Depending on the nature of the issues involved, the final destination may be an understanding of the issues and the behaviour, an acceptance of the response and some ambition to be responsible for behaviour in the future. It may be an ongoing awareness and it may be a commitment to certain actions or values that can help avoid any dysfunction in that future.

The psychotherapist cannot do this alone and so the dialogue is a process to arrive at an agreed solution. On the way, we like to see people starting to realise that there are alternatives to the status quo and looking forward to being able to deal with things that they might have thought too difficult before the process started.

What’s it like going to a Psychotherapist?

Now, more than ever, people are recognising the need to explore difficult feelings with a professional, qualified therapist like those at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice. People are reassured that therapists are fully qualified and accredited and have the right experience

When clients are treated professionally and without judgement and they know that they’re in a completely confidential environment, it becomes much easier to talk. Talking and talking in a safe environment is the start.

Talking to a psychotherapist counsellor is designed to relieve psychological symptoms and can generate change and this will bring about a greater sense of wellbeing.  With these goals in mind, The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice offers short term individual counselling and long term individual psychotherapy, tailored to suit clients’ needs.

During the counselling and/or psychotherapy it is important to be able to look backwards and to look forwards – or to start to feel that one can look forwards. It should empower the client to understand and to move forward.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

There may not be a material difference to the client as to the exact nature or even the process involved in their therapy and the distinction is not necessarily of concern. As we have said (below in the “choosing a psychotherapist” section) the client does not need to learn how to become a therapist. The concern is that there is no judgement from the counsellor/therapist and that help and understanding come from the process.

But we have alluded to the broad difference between “counselling” which may be a shorter process and “psychotherapy” which is more in depth and involves a greater understanding of the background and underlying issues. Either or both may offer practical ways forward but it it understanding which is at the core of psychotherapy.

Our three therapists are trained in both psychotherapy and in counselling. These are different qualifications but the overlap and the combination helps our counsellors to be more effective in applying the right sort of therapy for clients.

Within the practice, we also offer a stress counselling clinic, couples therapy and adult family counselling.

Types of Therapy

At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the psychotherapist counsellors practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive analytic psychotherapy, focused, short term therapy, stress counselling and couples therapy.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (or “psychoanalytic psychotherapy”) shares theories and therapeutic practices with analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is very much at the core of how we have described psychotherapy as distinct from counselling, in as much as it looks at the understanding of, and solving problems with, clients’ awareness of sometimes hidden or unappreciated influences on behaviour and feelings. The solutions come from that understanding and awareness. It is the most complex of the “talking” therapies.

Cognitive Analytical Psychotherapy takes from many different therapies and is sometimes discussed as “user-friendly”. It includes many elements of the above but moves the client forward by exploring effective strategies for the future.

Together with the client, the psychotherapists build a therapy that is best suited to the individual’s needs. Obviously the advantage of making an initial call to The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is that we have three therapists who have a great an abroad experience of appropriate therapies.

During the course of clients’ therapies the following might be discussed: values and positive behaviour; dysfunctional thinking, feelings and behaviours; very private experiences; acknowledgement of those and appreciation of them as influences; dealing with the present under the circumstances; learning about awareness; future actions which take the above into account.

See also our notes on “The Right Therapy”

Our Psychotherapists

Rebecca Barrie, Rebecca Eyre and Jessica Sinclair are the founding psychotherapist counsellors & practitioners at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice. Each of our therapists has many years’ experience as a psychotherapist, having counselled people struggling with emotional and psychological difficulties. Each is fully qualified and fully accredited.

Our psychotherapy practice has the benefit of having three therapists:

  • Rebecca Barrie:  UKCP member, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling & Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, experience includes NHS, private health, London Drug Agency, The Woman’s Trust. Accredited with private health companies.
  • Rebecca Eyre: UKCP, BACP, BPS member, BA Hons Psychology and Philosophy , Masters in Psychotherapy & Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, experience includes Mind, NHS Mental Health Trust, private practice
  • Jessica Sinclair: UKCP, BACP member, Masters in Psychotherapy & Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, experience includes NHS & private practice

See our page about our therapists for a more detailed account of each of our therapist’s background and qualifications

Why a Psychotherapist Practice?

A psychotherapist practice has advantages over a sole practitioner as there is a choice of therapists which will help to personalise therapy for any individual. It also adds flexibility for clients’ needs. It also provides each therapist with colleagues with which to discuss the therapies of issues and the sharing of experience – though of course individual clients are not discussed.

Psychotherapy with a Female Psychotherapist

There are no theoretical differences (and indeed there is no evidence to say that there is any difference) between a male and a female therapist. Neither is judgemental and both male and female psychotherapists aim to make clients as comfortable as possible to allow the free flow of feelings. Most male and female clients make no distinction. However some people do favour talking to a female therapist and if this is the case then our practice is ideal in having three.

There are practices that make a claim about their “female only” credentials but we make no such claim. We are always helping both men and women clients some of who may feel more comfortable relating to their own gender and some of who may feel more comfortable relating to the opposite gender. That may be an important consideration when choosing a therapist.

We acknowledge that there may be men who will feel more comfortable talking about some issues with a male psychotherapist and although we believe that we would be able to give equally good therapy we would stand by the fact that the client must be comfortable with their therapist and would not argue otherwise. It is a truth however that a good therapist does not have to be like their client – only to care about them – otherwise every other aspect of human diversity would exclude finding the right therapist!

Psychotherapist Training & Credentials

As we have briefly mentioned our three therapist counsellors’ qualifications above and we outline their CVs in more detail on another page, we won’t repeat ourselves here. It is worth noting that when choosing a therapist or counsellor though that the client should understand how important it is that the therapist has the right training and experience. The advantage of our practice is the collective experience that we bring which helps our psychotherapists to understand abroad range of issues both as individuals and as a group. Please, if you wish to speak to a therapist, phone us and we will match the therapist to your issue.

All three of our psychotherapists counsellors are registered with the UKCP (The UK Council for Psychotherapists) which requires to a five year training, a minimum of 450 client hours before registration, the correct insurance, supervision and being bound by a strict ethical & professional code.

Choosing a Psychotherapist

When someone decides to seek help from a psychotherapist or a counsellor, it would be unlikely that they themselves would necessarily understand at that point what different psychotherapists do and what the different techniques involve. And we understand that in most cases that what people seek is help and not to learn how to be a psychotherapist themselves!

That makes choosing a therapist a challenge and at that point a new challenge might not be what you’re looking for. So it may help a little that we have three therapists which makes it easier for the practice to help you from a therapeutic point of view but also from a practical point of view. A sole practitioner may not have an available time for your timetable.

Location and convenience may well be factors bearing in mind that psychotherapy takes many weeks with regular meetings – ideally at the same time.


We have already discussed our psychotherapy qualifications and experiences and of course these are of paramount importance. We hope that clients will choose a therapist who is qualified to give them the best therapy and qualifications as well as experience count but there are other factors too.

Types of therapy – (see also above)

Likewise we have briefly mentioned the types of therapy that our psychotherapists use though this may be of little use to someone who doesn’t know what type of therapy might be most useful. We hope that the substance of the qualifications and the experience will reassure clients that we will know how to help. The best way to gauge this is to speak to us on the phone and if feel comfortable, make an appointment to come and see us.

Get a feel of your psychotherapist

Undoubtedly as the relationship between therapist and client is of the utmost importance it is wise to speak to them on the phone as an initial point of contact. That way, you can start to judge if it feels right.

It’s quite likely that if you phone us we may be busy with clients but please leave a message and we will phone you back as very soon as possible, so please leave your number or an email address if you prefer.

Why would you choose the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice?

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is a discreet, highly professional counselling practice in Central London, offering you effective and focused psychotherapy and counselling to support you through your most difficult emotional times.

Because our practice has three therapists, it gives us an advantage over the sole practitioner, as we can offer a wider pool of experience and approaches for anyone seeking help. We can look very carefully at each individual and make sure that we can get the right focus for the right person, balancing psychotherapeutic techniques, experiences and effective treatments.

We hope that in the above notes we have explained our credential and the benefits of our practice:

  • A choice of counsellor psychotherapists
  • Trained in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Depth of experience and breadth of psychotherapeutic training
  • Focused individual therapy
  • A practice which is large enough to accommodate you but small enough to care
  • Central London location
  • Professional and discreet
  • UKCP registration, ethics and standards

Our motto is that with our help… “You can begin to bear what you might think unbearable”

Please phone us soon

If you are thinking about therapy, there’s no time like the present to get started. Once you have spoken to a therapist you have engaged in the process of healing and the very commitment to talk to a professional to seek help is the first step in finding a way to move forward.

Please phone us and if you don’t like the sound of us you can continue your search elsewhere but we believe that you’ll feel better once we have had a word on the phone.

Telephone trial

We can talk to you on the phone to explain and to introduce our psychotherapy practice and give you a feel for our therapists. We wish that we could meet all prospective clients and do so in person but that is simply impractical. But we will do our best on the telephone if you contact us. It’s safe, it’s confidential and we hope that it’ll be reassuring. It won’t cost you anything and it may help you to choose the right therapist.

Alternatives to Psychotherapy

Given the significant numbers of people in the UK (and across the world) with emotional and psychological problems and adding the fact that not all are able – or willing – to seek help through psychotherapy, there are of course alternatives. The most extreme 21st century solutions are now appearing in the shape of apps for mobile phones which read your movements and predict that your behaviour is showing an unhealthy pattern! And there are many others trying to help close the gap between the need for therapy and those who get it: It’s estimated that 70% of those in need get no professional help. Many of their suggestions are technology based.

On the other hand there are traditional alternatives (self-help books for example). Beyond that there are advocates within the mental health community who suggest education to help make any future emotional disorder less likely. But that’s not helpful to those who are stressed or have trauma with which to deal. Peer group support has always been another option but talking to one’s friends or peers without the overview of a trained therapist, may leave gaps and may miss the underlying cause of the symptoms. This makes the symptoms harder to alleviate and the solutions quite possibly misguided.

As a psychotherapy practice, what do we believe about any alternatives? Firstly we think that there may be room for the better quality self-help options but that people are well advised to discuss this with a therapist first, to help judge if any other interventions are thought to be advisable.  The evidence about alternatives is either neutral or non-existent.

As a side issue it should be noted that your diet, other lifestyle and consumption patterns, one’s relationship with family, friends and one’s wider circles -as well as health and exercise regimes -can all play a part in your broad physical and mental health. Aspects of these factors can help with or hinder & compound difficult emotional times. For this reason a good psychotherapist will discuss these aspects as appropriate with a client and it may be that separate help can come from specialists in the right areas. We would not necessarily start with these aspects if the underlying causes of stress or symptoms are not clearly understood.

We do hope that anyone who is considering seeing a counsellor or therapist does make an initial contact and speaks to us or to other practitioners to explain their problems and the types of solutions available.

In rare cases a psychotherapist may refer a client (or a prospective client) to a doctor for treatment.

Harley Street Psychotherapists in London’s West End

Harley Street, W1 as a centre of excellence

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is based in central London, on Harley Street W1 – at the centre of London’s district for medical excellence.  The psychotherapy and counselling practice is at 121, Harley Street and shares its home with Doctorcall, a private GP service.

Medical practitioners in Harley Street require a special licence which goes towards supporting its world class reputation. The choice of a Harley Street practitioner is a guarantee of high professional standards.

The governing bodies relating to psychotherapy and the accrediting organisation (The School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology) are nearby in Regents Park.

Read more about Harley Street here

Psychotherapists in Central London, W1 & the West End

There are hundreds of psychotherapists in London and the choice may seem baffling. Location may be a factor when choosing a therapist and many clients choose to visit and to meet our therapists for their weekly session from their workplace rather than from home.

Psychotherapy Issues

We have not here discussed the issues with which psychotherapists discuss with their clients.  The breadth is unlimited but we have made some notes on many of the most frequent issues and you can read these on other pages by selecting from the list on the left of this page.

We have sub-divided the issues into broad categories and some are listed as causes and some as symptoms. If you would like to know any more about any of these issues that may be of concern to you – or about an issue that is not listed – then please don’t hesitate to phone us.

The very reason we’re here is to help.

See also our Psychotherapy GLOSSARY