Therapy with Amy

Amy Stoddard-Ajayi leads on mental health for the Cambridge Medical Academy based at the Cambridge University Biomedical Campus, where she is responsible for training a global network of over 800 doctors, nurses and administrators in mental health. 

She is a highly skilled and experienced Psychological therapist who is published in the mental health field and has been working within specialist therapeutic services for over 15 years.

More about Amy

What problems does Amy treat and what does it cost?

She regularly works with patients suffering with Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, PTSD, OCD, Women's problems, Substance Misuse, Chronic Pain, Perinatal Mental Health, Anger, Personality Disorder, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Psychotic Illnesses, Eating Disorders, Work Related Stress, Family and Parenting problems and Marriage Difficulties.  

Amy runs a private practice providing CBT therapy from the West Street Consulting rooms in Chichester and a Skype service for those with travel limitations. 

Sessions are charged at £120 per therapeutic hour.

The therapeutic relationship

During her career, Amy has gained significant experience and supporting people to become psychologically and emotionally well again. Many of the patients she has supported have required specialist support with chronic anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, addiction and physical and psychological pain. She has in-depth clinical knowledge of how to manage complex psychological conditions and where required works in conjunction with her patient's GP to manage their care.

Amy forms highly impacting therapeutic relationships that are both supportive and appropriately challenging. Her approach is designed to enable her clients to become fully capable of managing their own emotional distress without having to rely of psychological services long term.


Amy is recognised as being both expert and influential in her field. She regularly guest lectures at a number of leading Universities and provides talks and workshops at national and international conferences on the subject of mental health. 

How can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Help?

Feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger and guilt can be extremely difficult to cope with and can have significant effects on your capability and relationships with others. If you are struggling to cope and and doing things that are damaging to yourself, your future and others, you are not alone and it is important that you access the right support to ensure that you can begin to get better.

CBT is a highly effective talking therapy that is conducted through an equal, honest and collaborative relationship with your therapist. Amy will work with you to help you describe how you are feeling and make sense of what is happening to you. You will be supported with kindness and empathy but you will also be challenged when you are ready, so that you can begin to take take control of your problems and make different decisions in your life that lead to better outcomes.

CBT has one of the strongest evidence-bases for effectiveness for a wide range of problems. It is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) for and has been proven through hundreds of clinical studies over the past 20 years to effectively help with the large majority of psychological problems. 

Amy is also trained in a number of other psychological modalities and adjusts her approach to treatment based on the needs of the individual she is working with - see below. 

Qualifications and Training

Formal training and qualifications:

MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Therapy

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Communication

Career and technical education:

Mindfulness and Compassion
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for personality disorder, self harm and suicidal ideation
CBT for Chronic Pain
Mental health in trauma and migration
Cultural adaptations in mental health
Child and Adolescent Development
CBT-I for insomnia
Narrative Exposure Therapy for trauma
Motivational Interviewing  for addiction/physical health problems
Trauma Focused CBT
Women's psychological health
Managing Addiction
Systemic Therapy for families and relationships
Working with young people involved with gangs and violent crime
Sexual exploitation and recovery
Perinatal OCD
Policy and practice in mental health settings
Reducing Non-communicable disease in patients with mental health conditions
Global mental health development
The role of the diaspora in global mental health
Mental Health Service Design and Development

Caroline Ben-Zaina -Clinical Supervisor Specialist Psychotherapy Service, Homerton Hospital London

"Amy is a highly skilled and versatile clinician with a high success and recovery rate with very complex patients. She is very committed to patient recovery. She has an excellent understanding of risk awareness and of other mental health support services" 

Sade - Patient, Brighton, West Sussex

"Amy is a kind, thoughtful and unique person who has helped me to recognise that they way I think and behave can change the whole course of my life for the better or worse. Amy worked with me and my GP, offering me choice and control over my therapeutic care and helping me to get off the dreaded antidepressant medication for good! I am now back in control of my world and there is no way on earth I would have been able to do this without Amy's longstanding, patient and brilliant support, insight and guidance. 

Dr Brian Marien - Colleague, The Positive Group

Most of us experience stress and distress at certain points in our lives. The good news is that there are effective, evidence based, psychological treatments. Often the challenge is finding someone who is a qualified expert professional who can help us successfully navigate our way through these upsetting experiences and difficult times. Amy combines robust psychological knowledge and extensive clinical experience with a thoughtful, emotionally intelligent and compassionate approach to patient care. Amy provides an excellent standard of clinical care whilst building rapport and a strong therapeutic alliance with patients. She establishes a highly collaborative approach to helping her patients develop, and maintain, an effective tool-kit of cognitive and behavioural techniques to improve their psychological health and wellbeing.

Membership and Associations

Amy is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and conforms fully to their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

Amy is a registered Expert Advisor to Chime Advisors, a new generation of expert network.

Amy is associated with Cambridge, Winchester and Southampton Universities and plays a critical role with regards to mental health development within each. 

Clinic Contact and Address

Please email Amy to enquire about private therapy on:

[email protected]


Clinic Address and telephone:

Consulting Rooms

24 West Street


West Sussex

PO19 1QP

01243 789630