in Barnet, North London
|29th May 2016|
SARA GILBERT C.Psychol, AFBPsS, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
I am a chartered clinical psychologist available for private consultation in Barnet (accessible from Finchley, Golders Green, Hendon, Hampstead) and Highgate. I have over thirty years’ experience of working with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues in a variety of healthcare settings, including mental and physical health and primary care (in GP practices), in both the NHS and privately. In addition, I have specialised in offering psychological therapy to people with concerns around eating, shape and weight and obesity for over twenty years; for twelve years I worked as a service lead in an NHS specialist community eating disorder service.
I offer assessment and therapy in Finchley and Golders Green, North London, for adults and young people who are struggling with mental health problems and emotional difficulties including low mood, anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulties with relationships, or a tendency to use unhelpful behaviours such as overeating or undereating and obsessive compulsive habits as ways to deal with stress and manage emotions. I also work with people who struggle with excess weight or obesity or are considering bariatric surgery to help them manage dietary change. Difficulties can emerge in a variety of ways in different individuals, so a list can never include every possible issue or problem; and while some people may know exactly what issues they wish to seek help for, others may need an initial discussion or session in order to clarify what troubles them and to think about the changes, if any, they want to make.
Thinking about change
It is rarely easy to ask for help with an emotional or behavioural problem; especially as it can be difficult for people to describe what exactly the issue is that they need to resolve; and harder still to know what to do about it. A large part of my role is to work with clients to help them describe and understand the difficulties they are experiencing and explore what keeps them going. The next step is to discuss different ways to change and what the options might be for achieving change. Some people find that understanding more about how a problem has come about and is maintained is helpful in itself, and this can give them the impetus to make changes for themselves. Others decide that they would like to consider a programme of therapy to help them in the process of change.
My approach to therapy is broadly cognitive behavioural but I see myself as an integrative therapist. This means that I draw on a combination of several other approaches to inform my work based on my experience and psychology training. My aims in offering therapy are always to offer a treatment that fits with what we know about what has been found to work most effectively in each case; and to help clients to learn ways to create changes for themselves, so that they can work towards becoming their own therapist or coach, in the shortest possible time.
A note about fees
I am registered with several of the major health insurance companies and fees may be recoverable for people who are insured. Clients should check with their provider for more information.
Teaching and writing
I have extensive experience of teaching and training. My publications include three books on eating disorders and dieting. My latest book, "Therapy for Eating Disorders" (SAGE) was published in 2014 in its third edition; and last year, I made some short educational films for Sage publications' Counselling and Psychotherapy collection on the subject of eating disorders.
My first two books were republished by Routledge in hardback in summer 2014 and are now also available again in paperback. I am especially pleased that "Tomorrow I'll be Slim: the Psychology of Dieting" is now available again as much of the content, about the psychology of eating and weight control, is still so relevant today. There are two German paperback editions; and the book has now also been translated into Romanian, published by Editura Trei of Bucharest.
I am available for teaching seminars on eating disorders for professionals and for the general public. I can also offer workshops or informal discussions for small groups of people who want to explore issues around eating distress and ideas about how to overcome it, and the impact on us of an increasing preoccupation with weight, food, shape, obesity and fitness. This kind of discussion can be appropriate in a range of settings - in social groups, health clubs, slimming organisations, the workplace, or in schools.
Do browse my website to find out more about my experience and what I offer, and you are welcome to contact me by email or telephone with an enquiry. I will be happy to have a brief telephone discussion about whether I am able to help with a range of emotional problems, or an eating disorder. My practice is accessible to people living in Barnet (Finchley or Golders Green), Hampstead or Highgate. The answer phone on my dedicated office landline is switched on when I am not in the office or am unavailable, but please do not be put off - if you leave a brief message with your phone number, I will call you back as soon as I can.
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