Ms Leisha Davies
- Anxiety and mood disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Couple/relational distress
- Schema therapy
- Therapy for healthcare professionals
- Ms Davies charges £220 for an hour’s appointment.
- For self-pay appointments, the Clinic generally requires payment at the time of making a booking.
- Ms Davies takes all insurers except Vitality and accepts their fee level. A pre-authorization number is required.
- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead of the appointment will be charged at 50% of the fee.
My overall attitude is that of viewing people holistically, both as individuals but also as persons-in-context. That is, I am less diagnosis-driven and more interested in helping people access their own curiosity to understand how it is they are suffering in particular ways. Having said that, I am also practical in that I would like people to learn skills to better manage their maladies or difficult life circumstances. I work hard at creating relational safety in the therapy space in that I think it takes a great deal of courage for people to begin to reveal themselves, and feeling safe is essential for that to happen. My interests are broad including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality difficulties, sexual and gender identities, non-normative families (e.g. same-sex parents), relationship anguish, body image and self-esteem difficulties, life transitions (e.g. adjusting to new contexts such as university, a new country, fears about getting older, coming to terms with serious illness/disability, cultural/ethnic identity concerns, and so on). I also have experience of working in the business sector and so have first-hand knowledge of corporate culture and its relation to work stress. I see individuals and am also qualified to see couples.
Ms Leisha Davies is a chartered clinical psychologist with several years of experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and psychological disorders.
Ms Davies practised in South Africa for many years in both inpatient and community / outpatient settings before relocating to the UK. She has worked in the NHS and in the private sector. She is competent in treating both minor as well as serious mental health problems. Ms Davies’s clinical interests are diverse; she has experience in treating Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Trauma, Gender Dysphoria, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Couple/Relational distress. She also has an interest in complex patients who exhibit multiple levels of psychological, medical and/or psychosocial distress. She has also worked with people suffering from various adjustment issues, such as life-stage transitions (retirement, immigration, young adults), stress in the work place, bereavement, and family issues. She has worked with clients from a variety of cultural, religious, racial and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as with members of the LGBTI+ community.
Ms Davies is trained in a number of psychological therapies. She draws from therapeutic models which include Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Mentalization-Based Therapy. Ms Davies favours a strong relational approach influenced by Attachment Theory, as a secure bond between therapist and patient is a crucial ingredient in treatment success.
Ms Davies has supervised and trained junior psychologists for many years at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also worked in the student counselling department of the university supporting students from a variety of backgrounds. Ms Davies has held non-psychology positions in the financial services sector, education, performing arts, and retail sectors, thereby having first-hand professional experience of the world of work beyond psychology.
University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Performers Diploma in Opera1991
Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom
- MMus 1997
University of Cape Town, South Africa
- B Soc Sci (Hons) (First Class) 2006
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- MA in Clinical Psychology (Cum Laude) 2008
Clinical Psychology Positions
- Intern Clinical Psychologist, 2 Military Hospital, South African National Defence Force, Cape Town, South Africa 2008 - 2009
- Community Clinical Psychologist, Youngsfield Army Base, South African National Defence Force, Cape Town, South Africa 2009 - 2010
- Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Cape Town, South Africa 2010 – 2018
- Clinical Psychologist (part-time), Student Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa 2017 - 2018
- Clinical Psychologist (Locum), NHS Norfolk and Suffolk Trust, UK 2018
- Clinical Psychologist, Ellern Mede Specialist Eating Disorders Hospital, London 2018 – current
- Clinical Psychologist, Sloane Court Clinic, London 2019 - current
British Psychological Society
International Society of Schema Therapy
HCPC – UK