A private London clinic integrating psychiatry and psychology

Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists

Ms Leisha Davies
BSc(Hons), MA(Hons)

Clinical interests

  • Anxiety and mood disorders

  • Trauma

  • Diverse gender and sexuality presentations

  • Eating disturbance and body image difficulties

  • Personality issues

  • Dissociation / Depersonalisation

  • Stress / Life transitions

  • Burnout

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Fees

  • 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 most insurers and accepts their fee level. A pre-authorization number is required.

  • Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead of the appointment will be charged at a minimum of 50% of the fee.

My overall attitude is that of viewing people holistically, both as individuals but also as persons-in-context. I am 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 ease in the therapy space as 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, relationship difficulties, 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 Burnout. 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 mostly adult individuals.

I use a number of different therapy modalities in my work, in particular Schema Therapy, CBT, Psychodynamic Self Psychology, DBT-informed, and ACT-informed. I also have a particular interest in the body-mind connection and sometimes use body-based interventions such as controlled breathing, focusing, and mindfulness practice to help people towards a more integrated way of being that encompasses the cognitive, the emotional and the embodied domains.

Curriculum Vitae

Ms Leisha Davies is a chartered clinical psychologist with several years of experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and psychological problems.

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 Variance, 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 worked with people suffering from various adjustment issues, such as life-stage transitions (retirement, immigration, young adults), stress in the workplace, bereavement, and family conflict. Her client base is representative of a variety of cultural, religious, racial and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

Ms Davies has supervised and trained junior psychologists at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also worked in the student counselling department of the university supporting students from diverse demographic 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.

Positions

University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • Performers Diploma in Opera 1991

Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom

  • Masters in Music 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, Kings Lynn 2018

  • Clinical Psychologist, Ellern Mede Specialist Eating Disorders Hospital, London 2018 - 2019

  • Clinical Psychologist, Sloane Court Clinic, London 2019 - current

Professional Affiliations

  • British Psychological Society
  • International Society of Schema Therapy
  • HCPC – UK