Dr. David J Gracey

Providing Effective Psychological Therapies and Mindfulness to Enable Change

My Approach

I am a Charted Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience of working in the NHS alongside an established private practice in the Clapham and Wandsworth area.

I work primarily with adults, and my main therapeutic approaches are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Counselling.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is one of a number of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies that I use as part of my work with clients. Click here to download an overview article about this approach.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is based on the idea that problems are maintained through 5 interrelated variables:




Physical feelings


For example, your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as how you act in response.

Click here to download a helpful overview article on this approach.

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

CFT is another of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies that draws on the skills and attributes of compassion to help work with a range of emotional challenges including anxiety, anger, shame and self-criticism. Follow this link to learn more about CFT.

My Practice Areas

As a Clinical Psychologist in the Clapham and Wandsworth areas, I specialise in a number of areas (including counselling), but, please contact me to discuss your individual needs:

Depression and Unhappiness

My clinical psychology practice in Balham delivers a range of proven psychological therapy approaches designed to treat depression and to help you get back to the life that you want for yourself.

Anxiety and Panic

I use a range of approaches for helping clients overcome anxiety and panic including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT).

Relationship Issues

My practice focuses on identifying the negative cycle particular to the client's relationship.

Stress and Burnout

Click on the button below to read more about the effects of stress and burnout and how my psychology practice may help.

Anger Problems

Psychological therapies such as CBT, ACT and mindfulness are proving helpful for resolving ‘problem anger’. Click the button below to find out more.

OCD and Obsessions

At my clinical psychologist practice in Balham, I use mindfulness-based therapies to help clients with OCD and obsessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a session last and how much does it cost?

All sessions (including the initial consultation) are 50 minutes in duration. Please contact me to enquire about fees.

Can I use my health insurance?

For those seeking psychological therapy paid for by their insurer, rates will vary according to the provider.

I am registered with all major UK based private health insurance providers, including:

- BUPA (Click here for more details)


- Aviva

- Cigna

- Vitality (formerly Pru Health)


How do I go about booking a consultation?

Feel free to email me or call me and leave a message and I will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your needs.

Do you do consultations online?

Yes. Therapy - and how it is conducted - has changed significantly in recent years and conducting sessions remotely has proved very effective. I also appreciate that people have very busy schedules (or travelling isn't convenient) therefore I'm more than happy to conduct sessions remotely (typically via Zoom or Skype or, indeed, Telephone).

My location

My practice is situated quite close to Balham Tube Station and so is convenient for: Balham, Clapham, Wandsworth, Battersea, Streatham and Brixton.

Appointments at Central London locations

I also offer appointments at a number of Central London locations. Please click here to arrange for a booking.

"I first met with David in late 2018 to address some emotional challenges I was experiencing. Since then - and through his empathy and professionalism - I am now able to deal with what I thought were those challenges and am no longer constrained by them. I can truly say he has had a extremely positive and beneficial impact on me which I am very grateful for.''


"Dr Gracey takes a methodical, unhurried, step-wise and non-judgmental approach to psychological counselling in an era where few have time for others & even less time to reflect on themselves. I have had a positive and fulfilling experiencing with Dr Gracey over many months with clear measurable therapy goals. Ultimately, his support and insight has allowed me to lead a more fulfilling and wholesome personal and family life. Very helpful stress management and email communication and psychological guidance supplemented with novel reading material to consolidate learning points between sessions."


"I started consulting with David after a couple of years of added work pressure took their toll and I found myself experiencing anxiety, panic attacks and intrusive thoughts seemingly out of nowhere. Burnout sent my anxiety and OCD through the roof.

David and I worked together for roughly 4 months and - it being the first time I did therapy - I did not know what to expect. David’s approach is completely patient-centred. He listens a lot and you never feel like you’re having anything imposed on you (be it a diagnostic or treatment). His advice and follow-up material always felt relevant and useful. He ensured that I took ownership of my own development and recovery, and that really made a difference. There’s a lot more power in you reaching those therapy ‘Eureka’ moments by your own developing line of thought than by having a therapist saying ‘this is what you should be doing/thinking’.

Of course, developing that helpful line of thinking when the starting point is a thought process undermined by anxiety, fear and OCD isn’t possible if you don’t have someone on the other side who knows about these conditions and how to help a patient help themselves ... and that’s where David excels. I can never thank him enough for his work with me."


“The conversations I had with Dr David Gracey were the first I’ve had about my own mental health, and I would encourage anyone to choose the same starting point that I did. The sessions have given me a far greater awareness of my thoughts & feelings, and the increasing importance of being conscious of, and listening to them. Such awareness has improved my knowledge of what ignites or incites my anxieties, and from this knowledge has come a familiarity and, crucially, an acceptance of those anxieties.

Further than that, the conversations were productive, engaging & a welcome break from the fast pace of London life, bringing a newfound connection to the present moment that I had lost touch with. David taught me mindfulness techniques that has improved my ability to drop anchor, touching base with how I am actually feeling amidst everything going on around me.

Thanks to David, I am now much more familiar with how rewarding it is to be engaged with my own thoughts & know the true value of connection, releasing my inner rules, & being present.”


"I sought help from David for OCD as I was suffering terribly with anxiety at work which compelled me to constantly check and re-check my work. At one point, as it was escalating so much, I thought I would have to stop work completely. It was also impacting my family life and was not going to spontaneously improve.

David helped me understand my condition with MBT (Mindfulness Based Therapy) combined with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) work. I found him to be caring, understanding and with great insight. He gave me the tools to deal with anxiety-inducing situations which will help with issues, I may have, in the future. I now a have a much better relationship with my family, am more confident at work, and am fast becoming a better version of me."


Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how therapy works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07580573625 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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