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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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Dr Elena Touroni

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.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.