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BA (Hons), PG(Cert), PsychD

Many people come to therapy feeling low, anxious, or lost, and I offer a space to explore those feelings and identify opportunities for doing things differently. I am passionate about working with you to understand your experiences, your identity, and the most meaningful relationships in your life. Building a rich picture of who you are can help us make change in the areas that are important to you.

I believe the most important thing in any therapy space is that you can feel safe and heard. I am committed to creating a warm and confidential space for all my clients, and will always seek to tailor our work to your needs and preferences. I draw on a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, with a particular focus on values, self-compassion and identity. These include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Narrative and Systemic approaches.

I have over a decade of experience working in NHS mental health and psychological services, and currently work as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with adults and their families in Major Trauma in a London hospital. I work with a wide range of psychological experiences, such as low mood, anxiety, OCD, trauma, and many more. I have particular expertise with working with people with long-term physical health conditions and after sudden health events (e.g. trauma, heart attack or cardiac arrest, COVID-19, stroke or brain injury). In practice, this means I often work with people to understand and overcome feelings of sadness, grief, loss, anxiety and shame. 

I am very happy to have an initial phone call to answer any questions you may have and to help you decide if we are a good fit; please get in touch using the form below.

Dr Lorna French: About

I felt very understood and supported by Lorna throughout the sessions, and felt that it was an extremely safe space to share how I was feeling & for it to be received with kindness.
I was hesitant going into therapy for the first time, but found the sessions genuinely helpful and constructive which was down to Lorna's approach and advice. I've learnt coping mechanisms which I'll be able to keep with me going forwards and feel in a much better position that when I started.

Dr Lorna French: Testimonials
Dr Lorna French: Text


PsychD: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey.

PG (Cert): Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, University College London.

BA (Hons): Psychology and Physiology, University of Oxford.

Foundation Level in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Institute of Narrative Therapy: Level One Training.

Institute of Narrative Therapy: Level Two Training

ACT for Physical Health Conditions

DBT Skills Training

Mindfulness in Schools: Teach .breathe

Dr Lorna French: Text


Lane, C., Hogg, E., Karwatowska, L.A., French, L., Ranieri, V.F., Jesnick, L.G.D., Roberts, C., Scott, S., Senior, R., Skinner, G.C., & Kennedy, E.M.M. Personalised interventions for subgroups of children with conduct problems. (2023) Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. 28, 4(4).

French, L., & Hanna, P. (2023). COVID-19 and healthcare staff wellbeing: Is burnout in the National Health Service really a systemic issue of morality? Handbook of Research on Mental Health and Wellness in Healthcare Workers. 

French, L., Hanna, P., & Huckle, C. (2022). “If I die, they do not care”: UK National Health Service staff experiences of betrayal-based moral injury during COVID-19. Psychology Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 14(3), 516-521.

French, L., & Kennedy, E. (2017). Early interventions for infants and young children with, or at-risk of, Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(4), 444-456.

Kennedy, E., French, L., & Roberts, C. (2017). Personalised interventions for subgroups of children with conduct problems (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017(2).

Midgley, N., O’Keeffe, S., French, L., & Kennedy, E. (2017). Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: An updated narrative review of the evidence base. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 43(6), 1-23.

Bucci, S., French, L., & Berry, K. (2016). Measures assessing the quality of case conceptualization: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(6), 517-533.


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