About Me

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C. COMFORT SHIELDS

CPsychol, MPhil & MSt (Oxon), MA, FRAI

Private Psychotherapist
Chartered Psychologist
Founder of the Box Tree Clinic

"I BELIEVE IN THE INHERENT STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE OF MY CLIENTS. MY GOAL IS TO HELP THEM FLOURISH. IT'S THEIR JOURNEY, AND I'M HERE TO SUPPORT THEM."

Welcome, my name is Comfort. I am primarily a psychodynamic and humanistic psychotherapist, also integrating other approaches such as dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and narrative therapy, depending on a client’s needs. I am a chartered psychologist and director of the Box Tree Clinic in the Harley Street District of Marylebone, Central London. I see adults for individual therapy from any culture, sexuality, gender, and religion. I know that going through the process of therapy is often daunting and emotionally challenging. I aim to make my clients feel at home in a comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing environment.

BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS.

I am a graduate of Oxford University, Fielding Graduate University (APA Accredited, California) where I had over 5 years of full-time post-graduate psychology training, and trained clinically at Yale University Medical Centre. Clinical psychology training in the United States is comprehensive and prepares psychologists to be psychotherapists, diagnosticians, as well as researchers and teachers.

I was born in America, and have lived in the UK for over a decade. Before training to become a psychologist and psychotherapist I was a high school English, literature and creative writing teacher, worked in an editorial department of Penguin Books publishing, and completed postgraduate work in social and cultural anthropology with a specialisation in sociolinguistics and political anthropology. I am a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. My prior training in anthropology carries through to my psychotherapy work today in the way that I approach and respect each client as a unique individual with his or her own set of values and ways of perceiving the world. I feel strongly that there is not one objective universal “truth” that a therapist needs to convey to each client, and that rather each human being experiences the world differently and needs to develop or find his or her own meaning.

My background in social and cultural anthropology, and specifically in sociolinguistics and political anthropology, allows me to help clients not only with multicultural issues, but also to identify both verbal and non-verbal patterns of communication and power dynamics in their relationships and in forming their sense of self both in the past and present. This fascination with language and power began while I was an undergraduate student studying creative writing with my professor and adviser for four years, William Melvin Kelley, whom the Oxford English Dictionary credits with coining the word woke. 

MY PHILOSOPHY.

My philosophy is that although most human beings experience difficult periods in their lives, it is not the difficult periods themselves that make people who they are; but rather it is what people make of the difficult periods that defines individuals. Clients are best able to work through painful experiences when they receive emotional validation and empathy from their therapists through the process of therapeutic alliance.

AREAS OF TREATMENT.

  • Abuse/Survivors of Abuse
  • Adjusting to Change/Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Aspergers
  • Breakups
  • Codependency
  • Communication Problems/Relationships
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Dream Analysis
  • Family Problems
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity
  • LGBTQ Issues/ Gender Identity and Coming Out
  • Life Purpose
  • Midlife Crisis
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • OCD/ Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Panic and Panic Attacks
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • PTSD/Post-traumatic Stress
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sex Trafficking Victim
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety
  • War Refugees
  • Workplace Issues

MEMBER ORGANISATIONS.

  • British Psychological Society (BPS), Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • BPS Division of Counselling Psychology, Member
  • BPS Division of Counselling Psychology, Member
  • BPS Division of Clinical Psychology, Member
  • BPS Division of Psychotherapy, Member
  • BPS Division of Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology, Member
  • BPS Special Group For Independent Practitioners, Member
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Member
  • American Psychological Association (APA), International Affiliate
  • The International Honours Society in Psychology, Psi Chi Member
  • The Royal Anthropological Institute, Fellow

PICTURES OF MY CLINIC.

BOX TREE CLINIC BROCHURE.

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