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Expert in: Psychiatry
Recommended by 2 specialists
17 years of experience
Substance Misuse Psychiatry , Addiction , Psychotherapy + 1 more

Dr Balu is a Consultant Psychiatrist based in London, UK. He works in the Primary Care Mental Health Service - NHS at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and offers an Emotional Wellness service for the UK and International clients from his clinics in London and abroad. He is often invited to provide advice online and at client bases.

Dr Balu trained in India and UK ( Sheffield, Hertfordshire ). He completed a full time MBA at the University of Oxford, UK before deciding to pursue further higher medical training in mental health. During this time he gained experience working at the National OCD Treatment Service and the National Problem Gambling Service specialising in alcohol, drug addictions and eating disorders. He has a particular interest in Co-morbid Neuro-developmental disorders like ADHD, Autism, Aspergers in Adults. He regularly consults people suffering from complex trauma and personality difficulties.

He is highly experienced in the treatment and management of common mental disorders including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and Bipolar affective disorder. He is committed to working with high achievers and people with Type A personalities in helping them discover their full potential whilst minimising the impact their emotional problems could have on their work and family life.

His approach to treatment is holistic and aimed to help clients achieve their full potential and enjoy a state of physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual well-being. In addition to prescribing appropriate medicines and recommending psychological treatment to his patients, he works with an array of professionals to offer services including; life coaching, ultrawellness treatment, Neurotherapy and magnetic treatment.

You can know more about his work at .

I offer a value-based service, providing entrepreneurs & business leaders with emotional insight and clarity so they can achieve their goals--

▪ Overwhelmed by difficult decisions? My aim is to help you decipher emotion vs. rational thought and bring clarity to the decisions you’re making on a daily basis.

▪ Feeling stuck or unable to see ahead? I provide tools for building resilience so that you can overcome obstacles and follow through with your vision.

▪ Are things moving in the wrong direction? My goal is to provide a deeper understanding of why, and ease the journey in achieving your goals.

▪ What is your well-being worth to you? I offer a value-based, pay what you like service so that we are both invested in your success (even on a financial level)

For the last 20 years I have been a medical doctor and for the last 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working and supporting those in high-pressure positions to discover clarity & build resilience through a combination of:

▪ Therapeutic consultations

▪ Identification of undiagnosed sub clinical emotional issues

▪ Clearing stubborn mental blocks.

Please send a message and the initial consultation will be a telephone call from Dr Balu. You will be able to ask questions and have a confidential discussion before agreeing to the terms of further engagement. We recognise that you are unique and it is important to match your requirements with our offerings.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Expert in: Psychology
Recommended by 1 specialist
Psychotherapy , Addiction

Please select a time slot and the Spiral Psychology will contact you directly to confirm the appointment.

Dr Leonidaki is available only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for weekly, therapy appointments.  On other days, telephone and online assessment or ad hoc appointments  are only available. 10% student discount available on Wednesday afternoon.  

Venetia is a consultant clinical psychologist with specialist training in various forms of psychotherapy. Her special interests include behavioural (non-chemical) addiction and relationship difficulties.  She works with adults, adolescents, and couples.

In her NHS practice, Venetia is the consultant clinical psychologist in the highly specialist National Problem Gambling Clinic. She previously acted as the coordinator of Relational Therapies in a large primary care NHS service, while privately she has partnered with the in-house team of the high-profile Harley Therapy for 6 years.

Alongside her clinical work, she provides clinical leadership, supervision and training. She is also a horonary lecturer at Metropolitan university. Venetia has presented in several conferences and published in academic journals.

Venetia has completed additional training in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) and integrative couple therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Anna Freud Centre, and Tavistock Relationship Centre. She also has experience in psychodynamic, relational, compassionate-focused, dialectic behavioural, and schema therapy. Therefore she can help clients using different approaches, including practising new coping strategies, exploring the past and uncovering deeply buried emotions, or providing a supportive space to help with life stresses, improve wellness, increase insight, and deepen connections with others. In the initial assessment, she will be discussing with you how to tailor treatment to your individual needs.

Drawing on a vast range of skills, psychotherapy research, and clinical guidelines, she works flexibly and tailors treatment to her clients' unique needs.  She has vast experience in working with addiction, complex depression, anxiety, OCD, and trauma as well as relationship difficulties, including separations, infidelity, losses, attachment difficulties and psychosexual problems.

To find out more about what to expect in an initial session with her, please read her blog and watch her video

For a complete list of her publications, please click here:

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Expert in: Psychotherapy
Recommended by 1 specialist

Mr. Alessandro Carmelita is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist. Registered to the Psychological Registry of Tuscany (Italy) with number 2900. 

He took a degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Clinical Psychology of Padua in Italy. 

He Specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the Psychotherapy School of the APC in Rome (Considered one of the most important schools in Italy).

He also completed an intensive course at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia with Aaron Beck, creator of Cognitive Therapy, and his daughter Judith Beck. 

After this, he decided to broaden his knowledge of Mindfulness and be trained by Mark Williams and Zindel Segal. After that, he aimed to spread Mindfulness throughout Italy. 

In 2004, he established the Institute of Cognitive Sciences ISC, in which he aimed to organize events, related to Psychotherapy and Neuroscience with the best experts in the world.

He set up courses based on CBT, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, AEDP, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 

 Alessandro Carmelita achieved the highest level of certification in Schema Therapy. He was the only Italian Therapist Trainer and Supervisor with the ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy) certification.

He trained in Schema Therapy hundreds of therapists all over Italy. At the ISC Institute, he has organized 70 different editions of International Training in Schema Therapy.

Alessandro has organized training for children and adolescents, group therapy and couples. 

Over the years, well-known experts in the field of Schema Therapy have collaborated with the institute, including Arnoud Arntz, David Bernstein, and Joan Farrell. 

Alessandro Carmelita has also been organizing and presenting the Congress “Attachment and Trauma”. This has been attended by more than 1000 people coming from over 40 countries.

The Italian Society of Schema Therapy which was established in 2010 has more than 1500 registered members, and Alessandro Carmelita has been the President of the SIST (Italian Society for Schema Therapy) for six years and is now the Honorary President. 

He had the opportunity to be trained by some of the best experts in the world in different approaches as Sue Johnson in Emotionally Couples Focused Therapy EFT and Diana Fosha in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. 

He has collaborated with some of the best Experts as Daniel Siegel, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Allan Schore, Lou Cozolino and many others to spread around what is really effective in therapy around the world. 

In the last five years, he developed a new psychotherapy approach called Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy M.I.M.T. that has shown to be very effective with all those problems that have lasted for many years and haven't been treated effectively with other approaches. 

Clinical Work

He has been working for 18 years with hundreds of patients who were suffering from several psychological problems

He started working with patients who were suffering from Anxiety Disorders (Panic attack, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, general anxiety, social anxiety) and Mood Disorders (Depression, Dysthymia, Hypomaniac Disorder, Bipolar Disorder)

He worked for several years helping patients who were suffering from Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating)

In the last 10 years, he has been working mainly with traumatized patients and persons who suffer from Personality Disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic, Dependent, and Avoidant)

He has been working with hundreds of persons who had very bad childhood experiences as abuses or severe neglect

He developed new psychotherapeutic modalities to better help those who suffer from all these problems.


He is actually working on his first three books for professionals:

"Schema Therapy Step by Step" Handbook for professionals

"The Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy Handbook" 

"The Mirror Training Method - How to become a winner"

Main Organizer of the "Attachment and Trauma Congress" with the best experts in the world in the psychology and psychotherapy field.

He offers also Therapy online

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Expert in: Psychology
12 years of experience

Dr Richard Doherty is a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist, experienced in delivering CBT, ACT and Mindfulness therapy for a range of physical and psychological difficulties. In his NHS role he works at UCLH, and privately he is the clinical director for 'Dr Richard Doherty & Associates', 'The Sleep Therapist' and 'A Quiet Space: anxiety and stress clinic'.

Dr Doherty Completed his Honours Degree (first class) in Psychology from the University of London. He then went on to obtain a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a further Diploma in CBT Therapy, awarded with Distinction. He works with a wide range of issues, including treating all types of sleep conditions, anxiety, work-related stress, depression, and physical health conditions including chronic pain and migraine. Prior to founding 'The Sleep Therapist' in 2017, he was the lead psychologist for the complex sleep service at Guy's Hospital.

As well as his NHS and private work, he currently teaches on the Oxford University Clinical Doctorate course on 'CBT and advanced interventions', and the Royal Holloway CBT course.

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Expert in: Psychiatry
19 years of experience
Psychotherapy , Addiction , Substance Misuse Psychiatry + 2 more

Dr Claudia Bernat is a Consultant Psychiatrist working at her outpatient clinic at the Kings Oak Hospital (BMI, Enfield), Ellesmere Clinic (Barnet) and CMC (Elstree). She has practice and priviledges at the Priory Hospital North London where she is able to admit patients to inpatient care when needed. She has a specialist interest in treating acute stress disorders, as well as assessments for Eye Movement and Desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Dr Bernat was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where she studied and qualified from Medicine. Following this, she completed research at the Weizmann Institute where she focussed on Multiple Sclerosis. Upon completion of this, she trained in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Israel, where she was first appointed as Senior Consultant. Shen then moved to the UK where she worked for two and a half years for the NHS and established her private practice.

Her specific areas of interests include depression, bipolar disorders, women’s mental health, anxiety and trauma.

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Expert in: Psychotherapy

With over 30  years of experience in psychotherapy and counselling I practice both psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as CBT - which is an excellent and valuable combination. I also hold special skills in addictions therapy, such as alcohol, drugs, tranquillisers, sugar, food, gambling, sex - and I have also run a practice for people with dependency.

I work with a wide range of different problem issues, such as stress/burnout, anxiety/panic attacks, depression, addictions, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, anger management, bereavement/loss, bullying, perfectionism, phobias, adjusting to health conditions/chronic pain.

Furthermore and in later years, I have worked with occupational health and wellbeing in workplaces, to promote work performance. Stress-related illnesses, sometimes accompanied by risky drinking, have reached a sky high levels in the 21st Century. Healthy, happy staff is a company’s best investment - and the good news is that this can be achieved, with less effort than you might think.

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Expert in: Psychotherapy

Mr Panagiotis Karagiannis is a counsellor registered with the BACP and a trainee counselling psychologist who has gained his experience working in the NHS and several charities. 

Mr Karagiannis applies various psychological approaches in his practice. These include cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, person-centred and life coaching techniques. He works with people who struggle with stress, anxiety, panic, relationship issues, depression. He offers both short and long-term treatments. Mr Karagiannis treats every patient in a unique way and applies a personalised approach in his therapy. He aims to help his patients deal with difficulties, realise their full potentials and overcome psychological distress and create their future. 


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