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Dr Mark Flynn

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BA Hons. (Oxford), PGCE (Oxford), MA (London, Birkbeck), DipPsy (London Guildhall), DClinPsy (Royal Holloway, London), PgDipCBTp (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London). HCPC Reg.

Dr Mark Flynn is a former NHS Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of working in mental health settings. After nearly 15 years in the State sector, mainly in east London, Mark entered into private practice at Harley Therapy, before moving on to co-found Psychologist in Town.

Mark works with a wide range of clinical presentations, from the mild to the highly complex and severe: anxiety disorders (including panic, phobias and OCD), depression and self-esteem issues, relational difficulties and personality disorders (PD), toxic masculinities, the psychoses, bipolar affective disorder (BAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and diverse abuse; engaging with individuals (including adolescents aged 14 and older), couples and families.

Essentially a specialist in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Mark ultimately favours an integrative approach to assessment, formulation and treatment, and he therefore incorporates elements of schema-focused therapy (SFT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), mentalisation-based therapy (MBT) and traditional psychodynamic therapy into his work while increasingly accenting elements of Mindfulness. While happy to work on a short- to medium-term basis with clients when clinically appropriate, he believes that time spent developing a shared understanding of the aetiology and maintenance of difficulties is essential where establishing clinical insight and enhancing methods of self-management are concerned, and that therapeutic progress is best achieved collaboratively over time.

With degrees in English gained at Oxford University and London University, Mark’s first career was as a teacher in secondary schools, where he spent 10 years teaching English and various sports. This early academic background and professional experience serve to assist with engendering confidence in individuals of all ages and abilities, and with helping clients to articulate complex, often elusive, personal experiences.

Mark has been involved in the selection of Clinical Psychology Doctorate candidates across the London universities and been an occasional lecturer at London universities and mental health charities. He supervises other clinical psychologists and counselling psychologists and continues to advise on the writing of fiction and cultural and academic nonfiction.

Mark works in the Mayfair clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in the City clinic on Wednesdays. He holds consultations and supervisions on Mondays and Fridays.

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