Dr Liz Mitchell

Dr Liz Mitchell

Schoen Clinic Day Centre for Mental Health Chelsea

Chartered Clinical Psychologist - Schoen Clinic Centre for Mental Health Chelsea

Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Areas of expertise:
  • Eating disorders in adults and young people, (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge eating disorder, Body dysmorphophobia)
  • Family-based support for families and carers
  • Mood disorders in adults and young people, (Anxiety, Depression, OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Occupational health issues impacting mental health

Liz is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over thirty-five years in clinical practice. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including outpatient and inpatient NHS and private eating disorder clinics. She became interested in eating disorders in her first role as a behavioural psychologist at St Georges Hospital, and this continued in her role as a psychologist at Huntercombe hospital helping to set up an inpatient private unit for adolescents.

Liz has worked in Vincent Square Hospital, primarily on bulimia, in South West London eating disorder unit and in Ealing Hospital eating disorder unit. She was Head of Therapy in a private unit looking after 20 young people with Anorexia Nervosa. She completed her PhD in Obesity.

She has worked across the spectrum of eating disorders and over the last two years has also worked as a consultant to a private inpatient unit for severe and enduring anorexia. She has been in independent practice for over 30 years and has also worked in Occupational health settings such as the Ministry of Defence where she supervised large teams in cognitive behaviour therapy and the National Crime Agency.

Liz has been a behavioural psychologist for 30 years but adopts a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to her client’s problems. She has been trained in group therapy and adopts an integrative approach to the client’s problems with a focus on improving their coping and resilience. Her preferred therapeutic approach is cognitive behaviour therapy, following Nice guidelines for treatment where the emphasis is on collaborative work with clients and families.

Areas of interest are the patterns of behaviour that maintain eating disorders and interaction with obsessive-compulsive personality traits.
Liz has completed training in Mantra and SSCM (specialised clinical management), and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprogramming). She has completed many courses in CBT in self-esteem, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. She helped to develop an adaptation of family-based interventions for young people with eating disorders in inpatient units.
She is registered with the BPS and HCPC and is in the Clinical Division of the BPS for eating disorders.