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What is a mood stabiliser?

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Consultant psychiatrist Tom Pennybacker outlines what mood stabilising medication does and how it’s mainly used to control bipolar disorder’s mood swings, or occasionally other conditions such as recurrent depression. 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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A mood stabiliser is a type of medication that’s mostly used in bipolar disorder, which is meant to reduce the severity or even stop completely the mood swings that take place in that disorder. These medications are also sometimes used for other conditions, such as recurrent depression and people who experience emotionally intense difficulties.

Dr Tom Pennybacker

Dr Tom Pennybacker

19 June 2022

"Dr Tom Pennybacker is a Consultant Psychiatrist and psychotherapist with many years’ experience working in the NHS and private sector. In the NHS he was the clinical lead for a team delivering complex psychiatric and psychological care to people with severe mental disorders. He has extensive experience of assessing and treating a wide range of mental health difficulties with medications and psychotherapy."

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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.