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What does a psychiatrist do?

There are less than six thousand doctors practising general psychiatry in the UK. A psychiatrist is a medically qualified practitioner who can prescribe medicine to treat mental health problems. Along with medical training and experience, a psychiatrist will also have specialist training in helping people with psychological problems.

Psychiatrists treat people suffering from mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, addiction and personality disorders. They can also offer help and guidance to help clients cope with bereavement, marital or family problems.

At The Chelsea Psychology Clinic all new clients receive a thorough initial assessment with our consultant psychiatrist, Dr Tom Pennybacker. Dr Pennybacker is a qualified doctor who has additional specialist training in psychotherapy. During an initial consultation he is able to assess the psychological and psychotherapeutic needs of each client and has the specialist knowledge to make a correct diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that meets the client’s individual needs. Dr Pennybacker will also match each client with the right psychologist who will then work with the individual to help them with their difficulties using the most appropriate therapeutic approach. Therapy sessions with a psychologist usually take place at the clinic once a week.

It is not uncommon for people with mental health problems to be reluctant to seek help. Many fear being stigmatised, are ashamed and embarrassed or simply mistrust the process. Psychiatrists do their best to build rapport and trust with their clients which is important to reach the correct diagnosis. At The Chelsea Psychology Clinic we offer a holistic, compassionate, tailor made approach to treating mental health problems. We can also offer therapy sessions over the phone or via Skype to lessen the anxiety that may arise from having treatment. This can be the first step towards having face to face therapy.

To book your appointment to consult with us call 020 3709 3805 or fill out our contact form.


Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

14 November 2016

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.