Caroline Comfort Shields, Cpsychol, Mphil(Oxon) Integrative psychotherapist , W1W

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C. Comfort Shields, CPsychol, MPhil & MSt (Oxon), MA

WELCOME, I am a psychotherapist and founder/director of the Box Tree Clinic in the Harley Street District of Marylebone, Central London. I see adults from any culture, sexuality, gender, and religion for individual and couples therapy. My approach is primarily psychodynamic and humanistic. I integrate other approaches such as dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and narrative therapy, depending on clients’ needs. I work non-judgmentally and confidentially. 

To read more about how I work and to book an appointment online, please visit my website at

MY PHILOSOPHY IS that difficult and traumatic events in your life do not have to define you. It is how you interpret those events and what you make of them that defines you. Some amount of emotional trauma is part of human existence, but individuals are best able to work through painful experiences and find meaning in their lives when they receive emotional validation and empathy from their therapists through the process of therapeutic alliance.

"I believe in the inherent strength and resilience of my clients. My goal is to help you flourish. It's your journey, and I'm here to support you."

Training and qualifications

I am registered with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist, a graduate of Oxford University, Fielding Graduate University (American Psychological Association Accredited), and completed clinical training at Yale Medical Centre. Clinical psychology training in the United States is of long duration and is comprehensive, preparing psychologists to be psychotherapists, diagnosticians, as well as researchers and teachers. I have a deep understanding of personality development, which I bring to my clients, helping to understand both practical ways to increase wellbeing immediately as well as to work on profound and more long-lasting changes. 

I am a published author, have published peer reviewed articles in leading psychology journals, and presented research at the American Psychological Association's national convention. I have done extensive original research on emotional trauma related to complex bereavement, attachment, and temporality, and was awarded the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Fellowship from the Institute for Social Innovation. I have spoken publicly on dozens of radio programmes about suicide bereavement. I practice with a psychodynamic humanistic approach for most issues. Additionally, I am one of a few therapists in London experienced in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD. PE is the PTSD treatment of choice of the American, Canadian, and Israel army. It is also favoured by the United States Veterans Association. It is indicated for many types of PTSD, including chronic traumas as well as one-time traumatic experiences. 

To read more about how I work and to book an appointment online, please visit my website at

Issues Treated 

  • Abuse / Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
  • Asperger's
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline Personality
  • Celebrity/Issues related to being in the public eye
  • Depression Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • LGBTQ Issues / Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Multicultural Concerns
  • Personality Disorders and Children of Parents with Personality Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD) and trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • And more...



To view my full availability and to schedule and pay for an appointment online, please go directly to my booking page:


For more information, please visit my website at


Weekly Individual Therapy - 50 minutes


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Student Concession Rate - 50 minutes

(Please email or text to enquire whether a concession space is available)


Couples Therapy -50 minutes


Intensive (PE) Therapy for PTSD -90 minutes


(Prolonged Exposure Therapy requires a minimum of 8-10 90-minute sessions)


Monday 9am-5pm

Tuesday 9am-12pm

Thursday 1pm-9pm

Friday 9am-12pm

Saturday 11am-4pm

Sunday 10am-2pm

* My clinic has a discreet side entrance on Hallam Street suitable for high profile and celebrity clients. If necessary, it is often possible to arrange a visit to a client's home (an extra fee will be incurred, please enquire). 

** I am happy to work by Skype for those who travel and for those who tour as performers and artists in the theatre, circus, etc.




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