Most people don’t want more therapy; they want more clarity.Robert Holden
I've got no strings to hold me down,to make me fret, or make me frown,I had strings, but now I'm free,there are no strings on me.Pinocchio
Amy is an inspiring champion for the personal development of others.
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The Iversen Practice unites a team of coaches from various fields of expertise including psychology, psychotherapy, and CBT. Together we deliver professional coaching through bold, transformative conversations. These one-on-one sessions are direct, challenging and designed to get results quickly.
We encourage clients to identify issues for themselves, to discover their own solutions. By making each individual emotionally invested in the plans for change, our methods deliver more effective results.
Trained as medical doctor, Amy Iversen founded the Practice and oversees all aspects of coaching. Previously a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS, she has fifteen years’ experience working in mental health services at the highest level including as a psychiatrist for the Houses of Parliament. She subsequently added to that experience with a qualification in Executive Coaching and training as a CBT therapist. That blend of clinical expertise and pragmatic coaching sets the tone for whole practice. She is a highly experienced coach in both corporate and public sectors, having worked at Partner/CEO level with ‘big four’ accountancy firms, ‘magic circle’ law firms, and multi-national corporates.
Before uniting as a team, our coaches were all lauded and awarded in their own areas of expertise.
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Moving from a successful career into a new field, I found the new culture disorientating and I struggled with its values. My behaviour deteriorated and I was not performing anywhere close to my best. Amy’s assistance… was invaluable and pivotal. What could have become a high-dive onto rocks became instead a life-changing period of personal exploration and growth. I adapted to my new environment, my performance once again meets my own high expectations and my personal life is a much happier one.
Former UK Member of Parliament
Amy coached several patients at the Practitioners Health Programme and has a proven track record of giving excellent care to doctors. Perhaps because of her own medical training and experience in the NHS, she has a knack of getting to the heart of the issue and creating real change for the people she works with. I would confidently recommend her as a coach to professionals of all kinds, especially doctors.
Dr Clare Gerada, Medical Director at the Practitioners Health Programme; Former Chair of The Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners
A consummate professional, Dr Amy Iversen has played a key role in the Academy of Medical Sciences renowned mentorship scheme over the past decade. She has recently facilitated a highly successful UCL executive education programme on medical innovation for future leaders, which received highly positive feedback from both the emergent leaders and their tutors.
Professor Sir John Tooke, Co-Chair, Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation; Former President, The Academy of Medical Sciences
One of the most useful things I have ever done, it has completely changed the way I manage difficult situations. I would highly recommend Dr Iversen coaching- a must for everyone.
After 25 years in a very challenging consultant job, which I believed defined my identity, I was emotionally overwhelmed. I recognised the urgent need for change, but found it impossible to allow myself to make it. Amy created a safe space and asked incisive questions, enabling me to challenge the thoughts and beliefs that were holding me back. This reframing has catalysed change and allowed me to move forward to a new and fulfilling phase of life and career.
NHS Consultant Gastroenterologist
I have experience of Amy's clinical practice as a colleague, supervisor and mentor. She uses her CBT training very imaginatively to devise effective interventions for the people she treats. When she combines this with her coaching skills, she can offer something really quite unique. I'd recommend her to anyone who likes to think outside the box and who is looking to make real changes in their lives.
Trudie Chalder, Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience London; Previous President of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
I have known and worked with Amy for a number of years, as a trainer, fellow coach and latterly as a coach supervisor. She is an exceptionally talented business and executive coach who approaches her coaching practice with absolute commitment and professionalism. She takes a person centred approach and focuses on the individual client, their organisational context and goals and draws upon a wealth of skills, expertese and psychological understanding to help them achieve successful outcomes. She is reflective, open minded and completely committed to enhancing her practice through supervision and continuous development and is a complete delight to work with!
Sandra Grealy, Executive Coach, EMCC Master Practitioner
Dr Iversen provided therapy for me over a period of three years. Dr Iversen's very personal manner and her ability to get to the root cause of complex issues was a tremendous help to me. I continue to use the techniques that Dr Iversen taught me which has gone a long way to helping me get my life back on track.
I am delighted to write in support of Dr Iversen. I have known her for close on 20 years, as a colleague, researcher, clinician and mentor. She certainly was a great source of advice and support to me at crucial times of my life over the years. But also I watched her set up support and mentoring schemes for our junior staff not just in one institution but also nationally. She is a very skilled and gifted coach.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of Royal Society of Medicine; Regius Professor in Psychiatry at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience; Former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Dr Iversen was my mentor at the time of my clinical-academic training; she was of great support at a stage in which I was starting my first clinical job in UK. It was my first time having a formal mentor and I did not really know what to expect. She helped me structure the meetings in a very efficient way so that we were able to identify and discuss in depth some of the problems I was facing; this has helped me find solutions and move forward more efficiently in my clinical and academic role. I think she has played an important role in a difficult transition phase of my career.
I saw Amy at a low point in my life when I developed depression following trouble at work and family illness. I found Amy to be an excellent therapist. She has a very sympathetic manner but more importantly introduced me to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques which have radically changed the way I approach life. I learnt a tremendous amount about myself during our sessions. Since seeing Amy I feel much more able to cope with difficulties in my life and I am able to view the future with optimism. Amy is highly intelligent and extremely psychologically perceptive. I would particularly recommend her to high achieving people who might have previously had unsatisfactory encounters with psychologists.
Amy is an inspiring champion for the personal development of others. She has pioneered mentoring schemes at King's College London to great effect and has contributed her insights generously and to great effect in the Academy of Medical Science. Most recently her involvement with the design and launch of an innovative programme to develop the leadership skills of women in science was invaluable. I have no doubt that the Iversen Practice will provide imaginative and high-quality coaching for people across a broad range of sector and seniority.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler President of the Academy Of Medical Sciences; Vice Principal for Health at King’s College London
Dr Iversen offers a unique service which meets the needs of many, combining her passionate, empathic and insightful coaching skills with an intelligent and robust psychotherapeutic practice. I'm delighted to be be able to refer to her!
Dr Sean Cross, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Nightingale Hospital
By nature you seek the support of doctors in challenging times. In those moments, you hope to find someone who is knowledgeable but approachable, professional but pleasant, someone you can truly trust. Amy was all of this and a real blessing and turning point in my life. With her support I re-gained my stability, my confidence, and my will to strive (in a more balanced way). Thank you!
Private Equity Financier
Amy Iversen is an experienced and knowledgeable clinician who combines CBT techniques with coaching in a flexible way.
Dr Julia Bland, Consultant Psychiatrist Dochealth Service, Former Lead for Mednet
The BMA has worked with Amy for a number of years during the time we set up our Mentoring programme. She has delivered a number of CPD-accredited mentor and mentee training sessions for us. These have been exceptionally popular and have been instrumental in helping our mentors and mentees get the most out of their mentoring relationship. Our doctors were also able to use the coaching and development skills they gained from Amy in their NHS careers. Amy is an expert in her field, with a collaborative and engaging delivery style.
Yasmin Dil, Senior Policy Executive British Medical Association
Amy is an outstanding coach. With her academic, therapeutic and entrepreneurial achievements, she has great authenticity both clinically and in business terms. This breadth of talent allows her uniquely to provide maximum benefit wherever a person is on the spectrum of mental 'dis-ease' or distress, and whichever part of their life is being affected. Amy doesn't do 'one-size fits all '- I got a real sense the approaches she used with me were tailored for my specific needs. Her knowledge, experience and professionalism were very reassuring to me as we explored difficult issues together. The result- she helped me plot a new direction so that I now enjoy life more.
NHS Clinical Lead and Consultant
Amy combines passion and commitment with a deep understanding of issues arising in and around work. She is a brilliant communicator. Amy’s work with my patients was crucial in translating clinical improvement into excellent occupational outcomes.
Dr Max Henderson, Occupational Psychiatrist
I have worked with Amy for a few years in an occupational health setting as part of my medical case management of employees who are suffering with psychological illness. Amy has a very holistic view and patient centred approach which worked well to support my patients that were both off and at work. I would not hesitate to make use of her psychological services.
Chief Medical Officer and Occupational Health Physician
Amy Iversen is a very inspiring, caring and perceptive therapist. She has the ability to understand complex problems and challenge engrained behaviour patterns in a safe and nurturing environment. We worked together in an egalitarian manner. Her input is eclectic and considered, with an emphasis on what is practical.and often straightforward. She demonstrates warmth, empathy and directness. She gave me a sense of hope and empowerment.
Dr Iversen holds a rare combination of academic achievement, a respect for empirical rigour and personal warmth. Her diligence and imagination has meant that she has been able to construct evidence based, manageable and believable CBT protocols for clients with complex issues. Amy's personal background in academia and broad clinical experience mean that she can present as a credible coach to fellow clinicians and other hard to please coachees!
Dr James Arkell, Consultant Psychaitrist at the Nightingale Hospital
Dr Amy Iversen is a pleasantly unconventional clinician who has an insightful, direct and discrete manner. Amy tells it like it is and her challenging, honest and analytic style can be a game changer for the people she works with.
Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, Kings College London
Amy was superb in helping me explore and understand a number of personal and professional challenges in my life. Her practical, supportive help gave me perspective whilst also giving me ways to develop mindfulness and balance in my approach.
CIO, Major International Brand
Amy helped me when I was faced with difficult decisions about my academic and clinical development - she conveyed a lot of experience without being overbearing. Few coaches will have her range of expertise in the human experience - highly recommended!
Amy has a rare combination of skills and experience: a medical background, deep psychological understanding of human nature based on her career as a psychiatrist and a thorough training as a coach now with many years' experience. She offers a nuanced blend of warmth and directness combined with insatiable curiosity and commitment to her own and her clients' development. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Jenny Rogers, Executive Coach, Writer, Coaching Supervisor
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Amy as my coach. She is extremely results focussed and insightful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her but prepare to be challenged (in a good way)!
Head of Human Resources, Leading Financial Services Company
I had a great experience working with Amy. I was able to voice my thoughts and better understand what I really wanted which allowed me to make the choices that were right for me.
GP in training
Dealing with a mental health illness is difficult for everyone. But to do so while being in the public eye and in a position of leadership, creates its own pressures. For me once I became ill, the things that had driven me on - self-confidence and motivation - just evaporated. It can be a slow process back to a new normal. But I was fortunate to have Amy and others to support me. I'm not fully back to where I want to be but I am heading in the right direction.
Former Member of Parliament and Minister
Talking to Amy felt very natural and we quickly established a programme for my recovery from a severe episode of depression. With regular check in points and working with a psychologist she recommended, I was well supported and am now feeling much more in control of my mental health.
Nick Baber, Director KPMG
Dr (Amy) Iversen is a creative tour-de-force in her therapy and coaching work. She works in a highly individualised and focused way and has the ability to move people from where they are to where they want to be.
Dr Lisa Page, Consultant Psychiatrist
Amy is an extremely professional and very able coach. She is an excellent listener and has a unique range of coaching tools and skills at her disposal. She is objective, non judgmental and able to challenge when appropriate. I would highly recommend her.
Occupational Health Physician
Amy has a unique skill set ranging from expertise in the needs of both academics and clinicians, and her particular interest in mentoring and coaching. It has been a pleasure working with her and I recommend her highly to anyone needing to take a step back and focus on clarifying their career needs.
Thalia Eley, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics, IOPPN Kings College London
Amy has a very unusual blend of skills and experiences to bring to coaching. This really sets her apart. As psychiatrist and researcher, she understands both the higher education and clinical environments intimately. She knows the pressures of academic life and has a wealth of expertise, having designed numerous interventions to support researchers in developing their careers. Crucially, as a coach, she has the skills to help people unlock their potential and is unafraid to bring challenge. I have no hesitation in recommending Amy and her company.
Dr Nigel Eady, Director fo the Graduate School at KCL
I was fortunate enough to receive CBT for BDD, anxiety and panic attacks from Amy 3 years ago, her support and guidance were invaluable to me and I have no doubt helped me on my road to recovery. To date I still put in place the practices and processes she taught me. She made me feel very comfortable and did not judge me at all. I can't thank her enough.