Dr Niklas Serning






Rational-Emotive Behavioural Therapy with Nina Lyon

Iíve been fascinated by the mind, and by the complementary and sometimes contradictory ways of dealing with it, for my whole adult life. Iíve published papers and book chapters on psychotherapy, philosophy and psychedelics. Iíve lectured on psychopharmacology and presented widely on the history of ideas, mythology and culture, and discussed some of my work on Radio 3ís Free Thinking. Iím an award-winning writer and currently working on a book exploring how humans thrive.

I spent a very happy time in my early twenties as a co-worker in one of Britainís few live-in therapeutic communities, living alongside people who were recovering from both mental health problems and the institutionalised system they had often spent a lot of time it. This sparked an interest in the complex interplay of factors that drive the way we think and feel. Since then, Iíve worked in festival welfare with Psycare and with vulnerable young people at Jamieís Farm; Iím also Chair of Governors at a small rural primary school and take inspiration from the culture of resilience, compassion and high expectations that the staff foster there. These experiences fed my belief that positive change is best achieved when we take a big-picture view on how to live, and on creating the best possible conditions for it.

The therapeutic method I work with is Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, which interrogates the role of our beliefs in our psychological wellbeing. REBT is a philosophically informed style of therapy, drawing on Stoic and pragmatic traditions among others. It is brief, targeted and outcome-focused and can offer rapid progress; I will, however, work according to the pace that best fits your needs. Along with this I will bring relentless curiosity and an expansive worldview to help make sense of the things that matter to you, and to support you in achieving them.

I am in my final year of training at the College of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies in London. As a trainee, I charge a reduced cost of £30 for 50 minutes. The same cancellation policy of 48 hoursí notice applies and a client contract is here. Our complaints procedure can found here, and GDPR policy here. Niklas is clinically responsible for this placement but I am also supervised by a specialist REBT supervisor. Please contact Niklas in the first instance with any queries. He will then carry out a brief triage assessment and if REBT is suitable for your needs, he will put you in touch with me.

For further details or to book your initial consultation, please contact Niklas.