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Dr Michael Eisen

Dr. Michael Eisen CPsychol, DClinPsy, MSc
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Michael is a Chartered Psychologist, with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London. He is registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. Before training in clinical psychology, Michael completed a BA in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and then trained as a barrister. As such, he appreciates the pressures of demanding professional environments, and has first-hand knowledge of how best to respond to them.

In his clinical practice, Michael has worked with all age groups, in various settings, and with the full spectrum of difficulties for which people might seek help: from depression and anxiety; to addictions; to severe mental illness. He is able to deliver a wide range of therapies and to integrate therapies, producing a tailored approach for the individual client.

Michael is experienced in using CBT, including third-wave approaches: he has received specialist training and supervision in the delivery of mindfulness-based approaches and compassion-focussed therapy, and draws on these modalities in most of his therapeutic work. He has made use of systemic and narrative therapy in work with children and families, which has sharpened his attention to the home and work contexts that may contribute to distress. He has extensive experience of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which has helped to fine-tune his approach to the relationship between therapist and client.

Michael sees the therapeutic relationship as central to his work, but understands that it may look different for each person, and aims to achieve an authentic connection with clients whatever their approach to therapy. This orientation has been informed by his current NHS role, in which he works with offenders who have mental health problems. He enjoys the challenge of finding creative ways to engage with these clients, who are often highly ambivalent about therapy.

As well as one-to-one therapeutic work, Michael offers supervision to more junior psychology staff, and reflective practice sessions to other mental health professionals. He has a developing interest in academic teaching, and has taught on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London.

Michael is a committed practitioner of mindfulness and, having experienced its transformative benefits in his own life, has a passion for sharing it with others. He has completed specialist mindfulness teacher training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses compiled by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers. He teaches mindfulness to both staff groups and patients in his NHS role, and is particularly interested in its application and benefits in novel settings such as corporate workplaces.

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