Carl Taylor

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), MA, Post-MA Dip, PGDip, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Having graduated in 1998 from Royal Holloway College (University of London) with BSc (Hons) in Psychology, I went on to complete a Masters in Counselling Psychology at Regents College and then a Post Masters Diploma in Existential Counselling Psychology.

Continuing with my professional development, I attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in 2012 and went on to attain accreditation as a CAT supervisor in 2014. Further developing my interest in working with complex cases I pursued clinical training in Mentalization-based Therapy and attained accreditation as an MBT Practitioner with the British Psychoanalytic Council in 2015.

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Specialist Training

Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT)
Practitioner Training with Dr Peter Fonagy & Dr Anthony Bateman – Anna Freud Centre (2 days), 2015
Family Mentalization Workshops (MBT-f) 3 days Anna Freud Centre 2014
Basic Training with Dr Peter Fonagy & Dr Anthony - Anna Freud Centre, (3 days),  2010
MBT, Maudsley Psychotherapy Service workshop, 1-day, 2010

Personality Disorder Workshops
International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE), diagnostic assessment training (2 days), 2014
Borderline Personality Workshop, Maudsley Psychotherapy Service, (2 years), 2012 to 2014
London Personality Disorder Knowledge and Understanding Framework (Emergence UK, 3 days 2010)

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP)
1-day workshop for narcissistic personality with Dr Diana Diamond Friday, June 2019
1-day workshop, March 2019
6-Day Training Programme, (March / June 2017)
1-day workshop, December 2016
2-day conference, with Dr Otto Kernberg, May 2016

Clinical Supervision
Relational Skills in CAT Supervision, Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), 3 days 2014
Clinical Supervisor Workshop (Part 2 of BPS accredited supervisor training) 1-day, March 2013, Department of Applied Psychology Canterbury Christ Church - Salomons
Clinical Supervisor Workshop (Part 1 of BPS accredited supervisor training) 2-days, February 2011 Department of Applied Psychology Canterbury Christ Church - Salomons
Regulated by Health & Care Professionals Council
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Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
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Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy accredited clinicain
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Regsitered Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Accredited MBT Practitioner with the British Psychoanalytic Council
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Clinical Expertise

anxiety, depression and personality disorders

I have over 18 years of clinical experience, including 14 years within the NHS. I started my career as a clinician in 2002, initially working in university and charitable trusts psychotherapy services. In 2006 I went on to pursue my specialist interest in working with anxiety, depression and personality disorders within the NHS.

I held a senior position as the lead clinician for both the Cognitive Analytic Therapy service and the Mentalization-Based Therapy service within the Lewisham Integrated Psychological Therapies Service (Lewisham IPTT), which is part of the renowned South London and Maudsley NHS trust (SLaM).

Over the course of my professional career within SLaM I have worked on Psychiatric Inpatient Wards, and within Community Mental Health Teams, as well as within an Integrated Psychology and Psychotherapy service. I have been responsible for clinical consultation to colleagues and I have supervised and managed both qualified and trainee clinical and counselling psychologists.

Therapeutic Approach

assessment, formulation, treatment

As a psychologist, I have trained in both cognitive and psychodynamic models of psychotherapy. I have worked across a wide range of mental health problems. I am able to draw on a range of theoretical orientations, evidence-based practices, and my extensive clinical experience to tailor therapy to meet your individual needs.

My work is goal orientated and focused on helping you to make changes in your life for the better. I will help you to understand how your problems may have developed and how they are maintained. I take a direct and down to earth approach with therapy to help you move forward by revising unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

Working together I will help you to gain more self-awareness and understanding about unhelpful coping strategies and destructive behaviours. I take into account how your past experiences, attachment relationships and traumatic events have had impact on how you cope and function in the here and now. 

Together we can develop a psychological understanding of your difficulties so that you are able to recognise how unhelpful patterns have developed and are maintained. My aim is to help you make sense of your here and now difficulties whilst taking into account and valuing your individual experiences and relationship to the world in which you live.

I place an emphasis on the subjective experience of the individuals, and work within a framework of joint clarification and understanding to explore the complexities of the human mind and experience.


Services Offered

Psychological Assessment, Evidence-based Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision
I am trained in both cognitive and psychodynamic models of psychotherapy. I am able to draw on a range of theoretical orientations and clinical experience. I provide evidence-based brief or longer-term therapy to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
CAT is a collaborative therapy for looking at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (from childhood or earlier in life). CAT places an emphasis on therapist and client collaboration. The aim of therapy it to help clients recognise and revise maladaptive coping strategies.

I am an accredited CAT Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor, with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)
MBT is a psychotherapy used to treat people who have had long term problems in experiencing overwhelming and intense emotional distress which has led them to engage in impulsive and self-destructive behaviour. MBT focuses on developing a person’s ability to recognise what is going on in their own mind and what might be going on in other people’s minds. It can play an important role in emotional regulation and developing fulfilling, meaningful relationships. Mentalizing is a normal everyday skill we all use. This skill is either less well developed or easily lost. MBT aims to enhance the service user’s capacity to mentalize. By enhancing mentalizing capacity, MBT can help people understand their emotional responses to situations and fluctuating inexplicable mood changes. It can also help those who have problems in reading other people’s response to them by specifically focusing on understanding other’s feelings and reactions as well as their own.

I am an accredited Mentalization-Based Treatment Practitioner, with the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Integrative Psychotherapy
Difficulties in life don’t always fit neatly into particular psychological models. This is where integrative psychotherapy can be helpful.

As a psychologist, I have trained in both cognitive and psychodynamic models of psychotherapy. I have worked across a wide range of mental health problems. I am able to draw on a range of theoretical orientations, evidence-based practices, and my extensive clinical experience to tailor therapy to meet your individual needs.

Clinical Supervision
I am an experienced therapist, working across a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.

I am an accredited clinical supervisor with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).  Over the course of my professional career, I have supervised and managed both qualified and trainee clinical and counselling psychologists within the NHS.

In the past decade, within the NHS I have supervised the work of 27 clinicians (counselling and clinical psychologists), covering approximately over 150 clinical cases.

Clinical supervision sessions in person or online via Zoom are charged at £80 per session.