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How do I know what treatment is right for me?

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Elena Touroni, a private psychologist based in Chelsea, talks about the psychological assessment process that helps in selecting the most suitable treatment for a client. 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 https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

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When we first meet somebody, we always do a psychological assessment. That means that we get a lot of information from the client about what they’re currently struggling with, why they wanted to see somebody. We also ask them about their background history, about any previous experiences of therapy that they’ve had. We understand a bit about how long they’ve had difficulties for, what the history is, what their current support network might be, what their current relationships are like, and what they expect to gain from therapy. On the basis of all the information that we collect, we develop what we call a psychological formulation of this person’s difficulties and how they’ve come to be sort of quite troubling for them at this moment in time, and we always match the therapeutic approach to this understanding of the particular individual client. Usually, by the end of one or two assessment sessions, we will put forward to a client what are the different possibilities in terms of what therapy they could receive and describe to them what would be the content of the sessions and what they can hope to achieve through the particular type of therapeutic approach. So some of the time, there might be a very clear therapeutic approach that we feel is the best fit, and sometimes we might give someone a choice depending on what they want to work on. For instance, do they want to work on very immediate symptom relief or do they want to work on understanding themselves better? Because the therapeutic approaches might be quite different depending on the goals of the client.

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.