- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
I have practised since 2008 in NHS services as a Practitioner Psychologist. I have extensive experience of treating Depression, Anxiety Disorders (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Agoraphobia), psychosis and psychotic disorders (including brief reactive psychosis), and Personality Disorders including difficulties with self-harm, impulsivity and emotional regulation.
Alongside my NHS practice, I have also worked in the private sector since 2019, both as a self employed psychologist in private practice, and as an employed clinician in the corporate sector, and more recently in the personal injury rehabilitation sector. I have experience in treating difficulties related to day to day life stress such as burn out, sleeplessness, excessive worry, interpersonal conflict, bereavement, and generalised anxiety, as well as in delivering Nice recommended treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I am trained in multiple models of counselling and psychotherapy, which enables me to draw on different therapies to help my clients overcome their problems and achieve their goals. In my current practice, one of my primary models of therapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT has an excellent evidence base and is widely recognised as an effective treatment for both common and more complex concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders and trauma. CBT helps us understand how different situations in our lives influence our behaviours, by looking at the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviours. If we can better understand how we think and feel, we can change our behaviours to enable us to solve our problems. This often involves understanding how negative thinking patterns hold us back, and then working to develop strategies to be less influenced by our negative thoughts.
Developing the skills from CBT to be less caught up in negative thoughts about ourselves and the world can help relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout. As part of this treatment I usually integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into my work with clients. This model of therapy complements CBT very well and involves engaging with exercises and discussions to help my client understand their values. Values are how we define what is important and meaningful to us in our lives. This means I enable my clients to make commitments to behave in ways that align with their identified values, and therefore to achieve the goals that are personally meaningful to them. This can be an extremely fulfilling process, leading to being able to maximise potential in intimate relationships, professional careers and personal achievements.
Depending on client goals, I also routinely integrate Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) into therapy. I am an approved EMDR therapist and also an Accredited EMDR Europe Practitioner. Being an Accredited Practitioner means I have met further rigorous standards in practice and demonstrated successful outcomes further to the standard training. EMDR is highly effective at helping people overcome troubling events or relationships from the past that may be underlying symptoms of mental health distress. It is also a very effective standalone treatment for symptoms of trauma. As with all the models of therapy I am trained to draw on, I make a suggestion to work this way based on a thorough assessment of my client's presenting concerns and underlying factors that may be maintaining these concerns.
Areas of interest
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy; Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy
- James Lakey
- JL Psychology LTD 11 Stonards Hill Loughton Essex IG10 3EH
Current NHS consultant posts held
Newham Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Counselling Psychologist, 0.6 F.T.E
Smyth, Lakey & Higginbotham (2018) A qualitative study exploring clients’ reasons for missing appointments within a secondary care service.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 308 (11).
Tacconelli, Higginbotham, Fijak-Koch, Kalra, Lakey & Rosebert (2014) The value of Integrative psychotherapy in secondary care. Clinical Psychology Forum, 257 (45).
- MSc Counselling Psychology University of East London 2005
- Working with Trauma 7 day Skills Intensive Oxford Therapy Centre 2011
- Groups in Mindfulness Based Teaching Oxford Mindfulness Centre 2015
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Breathing Space LBC, London 2011
- EMDR four-part Europe Accredited Training EMDR Works 2018
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Four Day Skills Intensive Mindfulness Training Ltd, London 2017
- Behavioural Family Therapy The Meriden Family Programme, London 2010
- BSc Psychology Hons Liverpool John Moores University 1998
- Postgraduate Diploma in The Practice of Counselling Psychology Roehampton University 2007
- Metallisation Based Therapy Anna Freud Centre, London 2017
Affiliations / memberships
HCPC Reg.: PYL17403 Registered Practitioner Psychologist
BPS Reg.: 88423 Chartered Counselling Psychologist
EMDR Reg: L0432 EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)