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How will my sessions be structured?

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Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist at a private clinic in London, explores how therapy sessions are structured so you can get a clearer idea about what is involved. 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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The structure of the sessions will vary depending on the therapeutic approach. With some approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, the structure is very much implied by the approach, so there will be usually some review of how the week has been for the client. Sometimes there might be tasks that the client has to do between sessions, so we might do some homework review. Then usually, we will focus the session on a very particular topic on that week, which might be an area that we’ve identified for working together or something that has come up for them that is particularly urgent for them to resolve that week. And then usually, at the end of the session, we will have… or we’re making a plan about what they might need to be practicing, if they’re practicing new coping structures between weeks and some of the work that they might need to be doing to monitor their feelings, or their thoughts, or things that trigger them on a day-to-day basis. But again, that is very variable between approaches. There are some approaches that are less structured, so Cognitive Analytical Therapy and mentalisation-based treatment are less structured approaches where, again, there will be a focus or a topic that’s being discussed during the session but there won’t be as many interventions that are directly coming from the therapist or questioning that comes from the therapist. Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are highly structured and involve quite a lot of homework and quite a lot of tasks that the client is doing between sessions and bringing back to the session to the therapist.

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.