Eating disorders discussed on Radio 4 tonight

Doctor Mark Porter on Anorexia…

… on Radio 4 tonight at 9pm, when he talks about the possible issues behind the eating disorder on the weekly Insde Health programme discussing and de-bunking common misapprehensions on health issues. On the trailer heard today, he stated that the causes were often assumed to be obsession with weight and image but – as we see on our website page, newly updated last month on our website (see our page on eating disorders & anorexia) – there are often many other reasons behind the issue.

Of course we don’t know what he’ll be discussing and/or concluding but we’re sure it’ll be interesting listening.

For more details about the Inside Health programme, click here and explore.

Psychotherapy In Harley Street & In London

How Many Psychotherapists Are There…?

According to the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) there are over 7000 registered psychotherapists practitioners in the UK and with non-registered psychotherapists who might or might not be practising, who know how many there are in total in the UK.

We know from a piece of research we did a year or two ago that there were over 200 pyschotherapists within a mile of Harley Street at the heart of Central London´s famous centre for private medical excellence. And it wouldn’t surprise us to know that anything up to half of the 7000 practising therapists are in the M25 area in and around London.

So with so many therapist counsellors, how do you choose the right therapist for you?

This is a good question especially if you know that you need or want therapy and may not have any idea of the various types of therapy available*. When you are in this situation, you may want help with understanding different approaches. And of course this will depend on the  issue or issues about which you are concerned. Given that psychotherapy is talking therapy, maybe the best way is to telephone therapists that you may have seen in searches (or better when you have heard about through word of mouth) and have an initial chat about any issues that you want to touch on. Then make your mind up after that chat. Part of any therapy that follows will depend on your trust in your therapist who should be sypmathetic  but objective.  Always choose a reputable and qualifed therapist to talk to. UKCP psychotherapists have five years training and over 450 hours of client consultation before they can register.

Harley Street has a world-wide reputation for the quality of it’s medical excellence. Read More about Harley Street.

* Please see our Choosing the right psychotherapy counselling page

Talking Therapy Beats Drugs in Tackling Depression

Bristol University says cognative therapy & drugs are better than drugs alone

So says says a new report, as released from Reuters yesterday and published in The Lancet.

In the first large-scale trial to test the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, alongside medication for depression, scientists said they found that the combination works where drug treatment alone fails

The study compared those diagnosed with depression split into two trial groups, one just with drugs and one with drugs and with cognative therapy (or CT). Improved symptoms were found to be in 22% versus 46% respectively, showing a distinct benefit to those having talking therapy in addition to anti-depressant drugs.

The report concludes that these therapies should be more widely available. It did not state whether the CT should be used to reduce drug use.

This is obviously a popular story with the same report being reproduced all around the world. WHO estimates say that major deprerssion may one day rival heart disease as the #1 health concern. Over 20% of world populations are estimated to suffer at least once in their lifetimes.

Within the family of Cognative Therapy,  you may find CBT (cognative behavoural therapy) and CAT (cognative analytic therapy) which differs because CAT is rooted in cultural and social process whereas CBT can be seen as a one-size-fits-all (a monadic) model. Cognative analytic therapy emphasises the patient’s circumstance – place and meaning –  putting into perspective the symptoms, mood, behaviour and relationship with their own values and understanding.

Therapies will vary and your therapist will help guide you after an initial discussion. Please see our main website for more details – the right therapy.

Stress, Health & Psychotherapy

Counselling For Stress can Help

Stress is the number one cause of work absence in the UK today.

Long term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even re-wire the brain, leaving people more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert and can even protect you from danger. However, long term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. External causes of stress could be, major life changes, work, relationship difficulties, financial problems, being too busy or children and family. However stress can also be self generated such as inability to accept uncertainty, unrealistic expectations, negative self talk or pessimism.

Psychotherapy (talking therapy) and counselling can help by exploring and clarifying the causes of stress. Please  call or email Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice to speak to one of our counselling psychotherapists.

“More acceptable to talk about emotional problems than it was in the past”

Major Shift in Attitudes Towards Therapy and Psychotherapy Counselling

An article in the Guardian quoting results from the  British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), discusses a serious relaxation of the man and woman in the street’s view towards therapy/psychotherapy.

“The current survey found that 94% of people now consider it acceptable to have counselling and psychotherapy for anxiety and depression, compared with just 67% in 2004. Similarly, public acceptability of therapy for divorce or relationship breakdown has risen from 52% to 85% over the past six years”. That is a major change in such a relatively short time.

Interestingly, the Guardian goes on “The survey found that 88% of people believe that counselling and psychotherapy should be available to all on the NHS, compared with 68% who share similar views towards IVF treatment. More than nine out of 10 believe that it is more acceptable to talk about emotional problems than it was in the past”.

Although the BACP suggests that the number of people who experience or see other people experience the need for some therapy is the reason for the change in attitudes towards effective treatment, it’s possible to wonder if that’s the only reason.  Has the way that the arts and the media is dealing with these issues affected this remarkable and quick shift in opinions?

Recession? Depression Hot On Its Heels? Psychotherapy?

For Love Or Money Or Talking Therapy?

So, the era of the £1500 handbag, weekends in Dubai and regular six figure hedge fund bonuses are over. How, I wonder, is that making us feel? Glad, maybe for the end of such excess? Sorry maybe that the streets will have fewer Aston Martins for us to peer into, fewer braches of Prada and Gucci for us to press our noses against? Which ever, reality means that the losses of the hedge funders will soon be our losses. Even if our style was more Marks and Spencer than Marc Jacobs and our sense of prosperity came from the rising value of our homes, not our stock portfolio, things aren’t going to be the same for a while. The boom has turned to bust and the world around us is changing fast. We need to prepare ourselves for the new age of austerity.

The transition from feeling prosperous to feeling precarious may not be easy – especially if we’ve lost our job or livelihoods. We’re moving from an age where anything seemed possible to an age where our lives may become more restricted, our horizons narrowed. These kinds of changes are difficult to negotiate – it means a loss of a certain type of life and attitude and with loss, depression can come hot on its heels.

Symptoms of depression can include constant feelings of sadness, irritability or stress, decreased interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies, loss of energy, lack of concentration, restlessness, sleeplessness or the desire to sleep all day, feelings of worthlessness, relationship breakdown, hopelessness or thoughts of suicide.

If we were once a person with an enjoyable job and money in the bank, losing these things and the life style that came with them, is going to be hard. The jobs that we do are often inextricably linked to our identity – to who we believe we are. If an essential component of who we think we are is taken away, we can be left floundering for a meaning in our lives.

This though, is maybe the moment you can look inward, rather than outward for answers and real meaning. It may be possible for you to discover through counselling, psychotherapy, or simply through your own reflection, who you really are and what you really want from life. This maybe a time to invest in relationships, not hedge funds – it’s love, after all, that gives us the potential to be happy.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Stress Counselling Clinic

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice has set up a stress counselling clinic

 The clinic offers a series of six, one hour, sessions of stress counselling where clients are able to talk through their current difficulties, explore their feelings, gain clarity and move forward in their lives.

“A short course of stress counselling can often be good way for someone who generally functions well in their life but who finds themselves overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. The stress could be caused by work pressure, a difficult relationship, a loss or disappointment.” says Rebecca Barrie, a therapist at the Cavendish.  “We work with people to help them identify the root cause of the stress and help them manage the difficult feelings.”

The stress counselling clinic offers individuals a safe and discreet place to talk and to express their feelings. Rebecca Barrie says;   “Increasingly we are finding people coming to stress counselling who feel quite isolated in their distress. For some, encountering a particularly stressful situation can become debilitating and have a negative impact on all areas of their lives.”

To book a series of six stress counselling sessions, please call 0207 371 3940

Or email Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice

Professional, Qualified, Psychotherapists

For a client to come into counselling or psychotherapy can be a very daunting prospect

While opening up difficult feelings and thoughts with a stranger, it maybe important for you to know that the therapist you have chosen is properly qualified and is registered with a governing body.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy psychotherapists/counsellors have all undertaken five years of academic and clinical training and are all registered with the UKCP, The UK Council for Psychotherapists.

To be registered with the UKCP, practitioners are required to have taken a five year training, need a minimum of 450 client hours before being registered to practice, and are insured, supervised and are bound by a professional code of ethics.

Cavendish Psychotherapy professional therapists, based in Harley Street, Central London, provide their clients with a safe, professional and discreet service.

Our Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice  therapist-counsellors are fully accredited and registered pychotherapists with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy: UKCP

The Sexual Addiction Cycle and Pychotherapy

Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice Works With Individuals Struggling With Sexual Addiction

Like any addiction, sexual addiction becomes a central part of the addict’s life, inhibiting the individual from living fully in the real world and engaging in real, or healthy, relationships.Substituting the real world with the fantasy world that sex addiction takes the individual into, sex addiction is no different to alcohol or drug addiction. It has the effect of temporarily removing the individual from the pain of their reality, altering the mood and, momentarily, removing the pain.

The Four Stages of The Addiction Cycle


This is the first step in the addiction cycle – the individual becomes pre-occupied with thoughts of getting their next hit; in the sex addict’s case, the individual’s thoughts and feelings will become consumed with the idea of having sex and where, and how, to get it.


This step involves the addict preparing for the ‘hit’. In the case of the sex addict, this will be planning the sexual encounter; feelings of excitement and arousal will be building.

The Behaviour

This is the act that the addict is unable to control and is the result of the pre-occupation and ritualization. This third step, the ‘hit’, enables the addict to escape and find momentary ‘peace’.


The behaviour, or act, is followed by despair, a despair evoked by the sense of helplessness about the individual’s addiction.  Other feelings may include self- loathing and overwhelming guilt.

Therapy or counselling can help the individual identify their behaviour as addictive.  Therapy will help find the root cause of the addiction, this maybe related to child hood, or in early, or recent, trauma. In exploring the underlying causes of the addiction in therapy, the individual will gain a greater understanding of their behaviour and be supported in examining the difficult feelings the addiction has been masking.

Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London works with individuals struggling with all forms of addiction. The London therapists offer a discreet and entirely confidential service.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, works with Doctorcall and its Sexual Health GP’s