Stirling Moorey

Dr Stirling Moorey is a consultant medical psychotherapist psychiatrist in CBT at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and an honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He was professional Head of Psychotherapy for the Trust until July 2013. He trained in medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School and qualified in 1980. He became interested in cognitive therapy whilst doing an intercalated BSc in psychology at medical school, and in 1979 he did his student elective with Dr Aaron Beck at the Centre for Cognitive Therapy ? being one of the first British therapists to visit when CBT was in its infancy. He had the good fortune to be trained and supervised by two major contributors to the field of cognitive therapy: David Burns (www.feelinggood.com) the author of Feeling Good  and Art Freeman (drartfreeman.com). He has been closely involved with CBT ever since, organising visits to the UK by Dr Beck during the 1980s and 90s and training many psychiatrists and other health professionals in the model.

Stirling trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. From 1986 to 1992, he was a research psychiatrist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and from 1992 to 1999, he was a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy at City and Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust, from where he moved back to the Maudsley to take up his present post.
He has clinical interests in CBT for people with life-threatening illness, CBT in personality disorder, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. He has a deep interest in training clinicians from all professions in CBT. He was co-founder with Mrs Ruth Williams and Dr John Cobb of the Institute of Psychiatry Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Course, which was the first cognitive therapy course in the country. He is still actively involved with this course and has made many contributions to the training of psychiatrists in CBT and psychotherapy. His main research interests are in CBT as applied to cancer and physical illness.

In addition to CBT Stirling has also trained in cognitive analytic therapy and is training in schema therapy.
Qualifications:

  • BSc, MBBS, FRCPsych
  • BABCP accredited therapist, supervisor and trainer.
  • Accredited CAT practitioner.