C. Comfort Shields, Cpsychol, Mphil(Oxon), M.A., F.R.A.I. Person-centred/humanistic psychotherapist , W1W
C. Comfort Shields, CPsychol, MPhil & MSt (Oxon), MA, FRAI
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 relational and humanistic. I integrate other approaches such as dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) 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 comfortshieldstherapy.com
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 a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a registered member of the BACP, 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 academics. 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) and also Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) 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. Narrative Exposure Therapy is a first-line treatment for victims of human rights violations from war, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, and torture.
To read more about how I work and to book an appointment online, please visit my website at www.comfortshieldstherapy.com
- Abuse / Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
- 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
- Sex Trafficking Victim
- Sexual Abuse
- And more...
Initial Appointment and Weekly Individual Therapy - 50 minutes
£180 (if paying by insurance--the extra fee applies to paperwork)
Intensive (Prolonged Exposure or Narrative Exposure) Therapy for PTSD -90 minutes
£270 (if paying by insurance--the extra fee applies to paperwork)
(Narrative Exposure Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy require a minimum of 8-10 sessions of 90-minutes)
** I have a limited number of spaces for students at a concession rate of £85.
I am recognised with the following insurance providers:
I also regularly provide invoices for clients who have private insurance through Cigna Global and BUPA Global so that they may submit paperwork and be reimbursed.
Weekdays and Weekends
To view my full availability and to schedule and pay for an appointment online, please go directly to my booking page: https://directory.bookedin.com/marylebone-psychotherapy-ltd
My clinic is discreet and welcoming. I have evening and weekend hours. I am happy to see clients at different hours each week, depending on their schedules. I often work with high profile clients, performers, and artists who travel around the world and need a flexible schedule and to alternate between Skype and in-person sessions.
For more information, please visit my website at comfortshieldstherapy.com
* My clinic has a discreet side entrance on Hallam Street suitable for high profile clients in need of added discretion.
** I am happy to work by Skype or FaceTime for those who travel and for those who tour as performers and artists in the theatre, circus, etc.
Integrative Person-centred/humanistic Psychodynamic Relational Couples therapy Psychoanalytic Issues often worked with:
AnxietyDepressionTraumaPersonality disordersSexual/physical abuseCouple relationshipsCultural issuesFamily issues Availability:
Has availability Therapy offered:
In personBy phoneOn video Client groups:
IndividualsCouples Member organisations:
Comfort Shields Therapy
4 Devonshire Street
Please feel free to book in with me at https://comfortshieldstherapy.com for a Skype appointment. My Skype username is harleypsychotherapy.com
Comfort Shields at the Box Tree Clinic
4 Devonshire Street