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An example of how CBT in action

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Consultant psychologist Elena Touroni explains how CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) concerns thoughts, behaviours and emotions and how it helps people resolve vicious cycles that cause mental health difficulties. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

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CBT stands for cognitive behavioural therapy, which is a therapy that was developed in the ’70s. Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most effective therapeutic approach these days that has a whole range of evidence behind it for its outcomes. In cognitive behavioural therapy, we focus on cognitions, so thoughts, and we also focus on behaviours and emotions. So a lot of the time, what we help people do through cognitive behavioural therapy is understand how their thoughts about a situation and the interpretations they make, mediate their feelings and lead to particular behaviours that might be creating vicious cycles for them. For instance, somebody with anxiety might be in a situation that is not especially threatening. So for instance, they might be in a situation in which… Say, for instance, they’re about to speak to people that they don’t know. And in that situation, they might have the thought, “These people are not going to like me. They’re really judging me. They’re going to not be very nice to me. They might reject me.” Because of those thoughts, then the person might end up feeling extremely anxious, their emotions escalate, and the behaviour they engage in is they avoid the situation. So cognitive behavioural therapy focuses a lot on changing and challenging the negative thoughts that we have and all the behaviours that we engage in that we enforce vicious cycles.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"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.