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Hi, I'm Julia. I am first and foremost a human being, interested in our common humanity with a belief that we are all doing the best we can. (No one gave us a manual!)

I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of East London. I am registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (registered name: Julia Lay) and am registered with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

My work is underpinned by two principles that I believe are key to almost all psychological therapies:
- creating space/distance from which to observe thoughts and feelings
- creating space around emotions

I draw on psychodynamic, systemic, narrative, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness and self-compassion approaches. I tailor my approach to the individual and occasionally follow my intuition to do something different if that feels right to all involved.

I have 10 years' experience of working as a therapist in mental health services of various kinds in the NHS in London, 5 of those years as a Clinical Psychologist.  Most of my post-qualification work has been with children and adolescents and their families, whilst my most recent post was working with adults in Moray with common mental health challenges.

Dr Julia Dethelma Lay

 Clinical Psychologist

          East Finchley (N2) / Hackney (E2) / Brixton (SW2), Virtual