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James Stevenson


James trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and works in private practice and at the Priory Hospital North London where he also taught on the CBT-based group programme for several years. He has also trained in contemporary approaches such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-processing). He is a registered provider for many healthcare companies, including BUPA, Aviva and Pru Health.

Approaches offered

Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
​Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)



​​PgDip Psychotherapy
LLB, LLM (Cantab)





£95 per session.

UKCP-registered - UK Council for Psychotherapy

My approach

I use a blend of different contemporary approaches, depending on which I think might work best for each client. Nowadays there a number of highly effective different ways of going about trying to change how we think, feel and behave, each of which has its strengths, but sometimes also its limitations. Whilst change is not always easy, I work with clients to find which way works best for them, and can best deliver the positive outcomes they are looking for.

My qualifications and experience

I originally studied at London and Cambridge universities.  I am currently doing an MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research at the Division of Psychiatry at University College London.

I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2008, training at Roehampton University (WPF) and gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (fully accredited by the BACP and UKCP).

I have a Part 1 & Part 2 Training in EMDR from Richman EMDR Training, approved by EMDR International Association and by EMDR Europe Association (2013).

I have trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) with Mindfulness Training Limited, validated by the Association of Contextual and Behavioural Science for ACT training in the UK (2013).

I have worked at the Priory Hospital North London since 2012. I was a group facilitator on the CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based psychological education programme. I have run groups looking at depression, self-critical thinking, anxiety-tolerance etc, as well as supportive groups. I am also a therapist for individual patients at the Priory, working with patients referred directly by psychiatrists.

My philosophy

I believe we all get into patterns of thinking and feeling, but over time these patterns can become dysfunctional, trapping us with unhelpful attitudes and behaviours. Often without realising it, we can get stuck with assumptions, ‘rules for living’ and ‘demands on self’ which become automatic and unchallengeable. Therapy involves thinking together about what these patterns might be and finding effective ways to start to unwind them and move forward. Whilst the difficulties may have been around for some time, the focus is not on the past but on how to live effectively in the present.

How I can help

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