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Is there anything we can do outside of our sessions?

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Clinical psychologist Emma Smith details the ways in which couples can carry out background reading and do their ‘homework’ in-between couples therapy sessions to maximise their treatment’s effectiveness. 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://staging-thechelseapsychologyclinic.kijodev.com

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There’s some great reading materials out there that can be helpful for couples having a framework for understanding themselves and others, and particularly Schema Therapy books, such as “Reinventing the Life” or “Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns”, can provide a really helpful framework for understanding our needs and behaviours in relationships. But also, couple-focussed literature, such as focussed therapy. Reading around that and thinking about how do we actually have these conversations where we really listen to each other, really connect with each other’s emotions and needs and wishes, and actually try to get those needs met in the relationship? So I think doing that reading, and also we will set homework in the couple’s therapy, so actually engaging in the homework tasks, which will be to have different kinds of conversations, practise different ways of communicating, will really have a bearing on how effective the therapy is.

Dr Emma Smith

Dr Emma Smith

19 June 2022

"Dr Emma Smith completed her BSc (Hons) at the University of Warwick, an MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Christ Church Canterbury University. She worked as a clinical psychologist in a specialist service in a Central London NHS Trust until moving to Sussex where she now works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and continues to offer sessions with The Chelsea Psychology Clinic online."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.