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Wanted: good cognitive behavioural therapist in London

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bakedpotato Tue 17-May-05 10:13:11

A good friend is in a real mess, is sacrificing everything to his ambition, he believes he is better at work than he is at being a father. We are all frightened he's going to jack in the marriage. He does feel prepared to talk to someone about all this, but he wants it to be practically-based (which is what I believe CBT is). Can anyone recommend a private therapist in London who might be able to help?

bakedpotato Tue 17-May-05 11:10:07


Earlybird Tue 17-May-05 11:27:35

I can give you the names of two very good psychotherapists - one in Notting Hill/Holland Park, one in Islington. But, I don't know any cognitive behavioural therapists. If you want those names, you can CAT me.

bakedpotato Tue 17-May-05 13:57:39

Earlybird, thankyou for your offer, but I think he'd find CBT more doable, somehow.
Oh it's such a mess.
Another bump.

bakedpotato Tue 17-May-05 18:14:38


bundle Tue 17-May-05 18:17:19

sorry bp, have little experience of cbt but have emailed a friend who might know, x

GhostofNatt Tue 17-May-05 18:20:14

I ahve a friend who has been seeing someone privately for CBT for PND-type stuff. I think she is pretty happy but it is a psychiatrist and expensive. If that sounds interesting, will get you the name.

snafu Tue 17-May-05 18:23:45

bp, can't recommend anyone in London but wondered if this might be useful? It has a 'find a therapist' database.

GhostofNatt Tue 17-May-05 18:27:51

A health warning, the first person my friend saw was selected at random from the website snafu mentioned and was nto a success (not dissing snafu's suggestion!)

snafu Tue 17-May-05 18:30:27

Oh, well then, forget it.

GhostofNatt Tue 17-May-05 18:33:33

think it's just an area (like many) where there is a real range of quality - there must be loads of good people on that site, but hard to know withotu a personal recommendation. I just know how dispiriting it wsa for my friend (no, it really is my friend, not me) when she had a bad time with the therapist from that website (which i had found for her as she is computerless)

snafu Tue 17-May-05 18:35:29

Point taken, but even a great personal recommendation from one patient is absolutely no guarantee of success for another. Just thought it might be a useful starting point, but whatever...

GhostofNatt Tue 17-May-05 18:37:34

you are absolutely right and the fact that friend's psychiatrist is good on PND issues may not make him the right person for bp's friend. I REALLY WASN'T DISSING THAT WBSITE.

hub2dee Tue 17-May-05 19:09:38

Could the British Psychological Society be a good starting point ?

bakedpotato Tue 17-May-05 19:58:16

GhostofNatt, yes please, do CAT me the name, thankyou. I don't know where to start with those sites, though I have emailed him the links (thanks to those who posted them): I'm not sure if he will follow through in any case.
Personal recommendations would help.

motherinferior Tue 17-May-05 20:01:23

I saw one at the Maudsley a few years back whom I wasn't absolutely sure of at the time but did seem to do the trick (as in, I'm here and I got better). The Maudsley is a generally pretty good outfit if you want me to follow up in some way.

GhostofNatt Wed 18-May-05 10:09:44

hi bp, will ring friend today and get details and CAT you - this bloke does really seem to be helping her when various counsellors of one sort and another failed.

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