Dr Bianca Iacono

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc, PGDip, Clin Psych, HCPC registered, BPS member

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Welcome!

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I am Dr Bianca, a Clinical Psychologist based in London, UK. I work with patients both in a Mental Health NHS Trust and privately. My expertise is in the assessment and treatment of adults presenting with complex mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and interpersonal difficulties.

How can I help?

I provide evidence-based therapeutic services, mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) integrated with a range of therapy models. Together we can tailor the pace and style of each session to your specific needs and circumstances. Using the collaborative approach, I help every patient to find healthier ways of coping by identifying solutions which promote positive change for patients.

If you are struggling and you need help, let’s talk it over

What I specialise in

I specialise in providing therapy, both individually and in group, for mental health issues concerning depression, generalised anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, health anxiety, specific phobia, panic disorder, anger management.

During my experience, I have offered assessments and treatments to adults from diverse cultural backgrounds both in the UK and Europe. I find it extremely rewarding to see people that I have helped, overcome their difficulties and transform their lives for the better. I am passionate about the work I do and offer practical tools that can empower those who seek change, recovery and healing.

I am warm, compassionate and respectful in my approach towards clients. My aim is to restore a state of wellbeing in those who come to me for help.

Issues

  • Sleep and insomnia
  • Work-related stress
  • Stress management
  • Peer relationship
  • Pain management

Types of therapy

  • Trauma Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Behavioural Approach (PBA)
  • Integrative approach

Research projects

  • Design and delivery of research project focused on neural bases of sensorimotor learning and motor control in healthy and clinical populations (Goldsmiths College University of London, January 2019)
  • Design and delivery of research project focused on embodied cognition, with a particular interest in the embodiment of emotions (University of Kent, September 2019)
  • Design and delivery of MSc research on the effects on mental health in children and young people with cancer through the re-adaptation (in Italian) of a validated therapeutic board game, in partnership with the Centre for Cancer Research, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda (MD) (December 2018).

Membership of professional bodies

  • Health and Care Professionals Council.
    Registered Practitioner Psychologist: PYL039630
  • Ordine degli Psicologi della Campania, Naples – Italy
    Registered Practitioner Psychologist: 8952
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Services

In my private practice, I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space for patients to explore any difficult thoughts or emotions and challenge any unhelpful behaviours.

I will resume delivering face to face sessions. This will be posted on this website.

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Individual therapy

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The first session will be an assessment in which we can aim to identify the challenges you are facing at the moment and get a detailed idea of the difficulties which need to be addressed. In this way, we will be able to obtain a better understanding of what is causing these difficulties and subsequently the changes you can make in order to break unhelpful vicious cycles. Following the initial assessment, we will evaluate which factors might be contributing to and interacting with your difficulties. At this point, we can discuss a course of therapy which may best help you to experiment positive changes that can lead to improving your current situation.

In the sessions that follow, we can work towards the therapeutic goals and check on how you are coping. In each session, we can work out together the next step to take based on your preferences and priorities.

Sessions are 50 minutes long and, at the end of each session, we can establish suitable home practice in order to promote steps towards your recovery.

Cost and cancellations

The cost is £130 per 50-minute online session and £150 per session face to face (payment is required in advance of sessions). This cost covers our session time, note-keeping, reflective practice, and supervision. I can also accept payment through Aviva, Axa, Vitality Health, Bupa, Cigna and WPA insurance*. Depending on your provider I may ask you to pay for sessions directly and reclaim the cost.

Sessions are paid in advance, and I kindly ask for at least 24 hours’ notice for cancellations. Non-attended and sessions cancelled with less than 24hours are charged at the full rate. Terms and conditions including details of confidentiality and data protection can be provided from our first point of contact.

* If you are insured with a provider not named here, please contact me as I can enquire with them. Costs may differ based on your insurer.

Group therapy

Online Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with depression or anxiety in the context of Long-Term Condition (LTC).

All participants in the group will agree to confidentiality to what is discussed within the group. I will be the sole therapist for each session. The group will receive a set of questionnaires at the beginning of the program and again at the end to measure progress. Throughout the sessions, there will be smaller break out rooms to reflect on various topics which will be subsequently discussed further in the group to gather feedback. Each week, there will be particular home practice which each member of the group can experiment in order to enhance what was learnt during the session.

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The support program covers:

  • Understanding the emotional impact of living with a long-term condition
  • Ways to challenge unhelpful thoughts
  • Ways our thoughts, emotions and behaviours impact the way we cope with a long-term condition
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Methods of introducing self-care, relaxation and stress management

It will include:

  • 8 x 1.5-hour sessions in a group of people with similar experiences of anxiety and depression in the context of LTC
  • A self-management CBT manual for anxiety and depression in the context of LTC
  • Worksheets for home practice
  • Discounted option for 30-minute one-to-one follow-ups

Who is eligible?

People who have been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety in the context of LTC, either by a healthcare professional or myself during our initial assessment, may be eligible to participate in group therapy. The group therapy will not be suitable for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Those intending to participate will receive relevant questionnaires to be completed in order to determine their eligibility for group therapy. On the contrary, I will be able to provide further information on alternative therapy that may be appropriate for those not eligible.

Testimonials

“Bianca was a vital aid to my recovery. I was having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms and was in a very confused, difficult mental head space and in a vulnerable state. Bianca was able to identify and work through my symptoms and trauma in a highly competent and compassionate manner that has led me to the other side of this episode with hope and a much better understanding of my trauma. I would highly recommend her.”

- Client with post-traumatic stress disorder

“During our therapy sessions Bianca really encouraged me to open up about my problems and I felt very safe speaking to her about my depression. As someone who got a recent diagnosis of Diabetes type 1, I have valued Bianca’s empathy and understanding of my chronic condition and the effect it has on my mental health condition. In our therapy sessions I often struggled with my energy levels and mood and I really appreciated Bianca’s flexibility and adaptability to my condition and her way to guide myself towards my full recovery in mood.”

- Client with depression in the context of a long-term condition (diabetes type 1)

“In my experience of therapy Bianca offered a deep support for my issues. She is very practical and in therapy I felt listened to and understood. I appreciated my sessions being personal and tailored to my own needs. After each session I came out feeling refreshed and motivated and this has made a big difference to my recovery. I would sincerely recommend her as a therapist as she is focused and extremely professional.”

- Client with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

“I really found it hard to cope at the beginning and it was such a relief to get Bianca's help. I was really nervous because this was my first experience of therapy but Bianca was so reassuring and patient. Bianca’s knowledge and experience were so helpful in giving me a better understanding on how my thoughts and actions were impacting my condition. She managed to put me at ease which was fundamental for me when I had to talk about very difficult issues. I would highly recommend her.”

- Client with anxiety in the context of a long-term condition (irritable bowel syndrome)

Accreditation

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Private healthcare providers

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Get in touch

Phone

+44 078 588 975 24

Email

hello@drbiancaiacono.com

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Please feel free to get in touch with any queries you have.

For any general enquiries please send me an email.

Make a request to get a Clinical supervision
As a part of my clinical work I do offer clinical supervision and consultancy to other professionals. Please do get in touch if you need support.

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