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CBT for The Acute Care Pathway Recovery
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Isabel Clarke — Home Page

My work spans two areas: psychosis and spirituality, and clinical psychology. Both draw on the research based Interacting Cognitive Subsystems model of cognition, and both seek to bring spirituality into centre stage, founding it in cognitive and other research and theory, and regarding it as a central part of what it means to be human.

Recently I have been developing Comprehend, Cope and Connect (CCC - until recently known as Emotion Focused Formulation Approach, EFFA) in the diverse contexts of Acute, IAPT and Culture Free Adaptation.
See  "ICS Underpinning 3rd Wave CBT" for more details.



Forthcoming title to look out for early 2018:


Third Wave
CBT Integration
for Individuals
and Teams
Isabel Clarke and Hazel Nicholls
Third Wave CBT Integration for Individuals and Teams

Routledge titles are available as eBook editions in a range of digital formats9781138226906ISBN 978-1-138-22690-6
Isabel Clarke and Hazel Nicholls
‘This is an essential guide to Isabel Clarke’s distinctive trauma-informed formulation approach to wards, community teams and IAPT services. Simple and yet powerful, this impressive body of work has transformed practice wherever it has been introduced. Mental health practitioners should all be aware of it.’
– Dr. Lucy Johnstone, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Author of Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Making Sense of People’s Problems
‘This book is a tour de force of integrationist thinking, applied to current evidence based psychotherapeutic approaches. Elements of DBT, ACT and CFT are drawn from using the integrating framework of Teasdale and Barnard’s ICS (Interacting Cognitive Subsystems) model. This has produced an elegant approach to therapy, which can be used in many settings by helpers with varying levels of expertise.’
– Dr. Fiona C. Kennedy, Author of Get Your Life Back. The Most Effective Therapies For A Better You
Third Wave CBT Integration for Individuals and Teams: Comprehend, Cope and Connect introduces a therapy that starts from the perspective of the immediate experience of the individual. Developed by the authors, this new, transdiagnostic approach to mental health difficulties brings together the impact of past trauma and adversity on present coping (comprehend), and utilizes the latest in mindfulness and compassion-focused approaches to manage change (cope and connect). Already adopted in a variety of settings, the book demonstrates the approach’s practicality and adaptability of the therapy.
The text explores the cognitive science-based theory behind the approach and its place within the range of ‘third wave’ Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It also includes a full manual of the linked individual and group therapy approach piloted in primary care IAPT, including case examples. The application of the approach to psychosis, its adoption in a variety of settings and the evidence base to date are also discussed.
Third Wave CBT Integration for Individuals and Teams will be warmly welcomed by IAPT practitioners looking to adopt a new, third wave CBT approach, as well as other CBT practitioners and clinical psychologists.
Isabel Clarke is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with 25 years’ experience in the NHS, both in outpatient and inpatient.
Hazel Nicholls is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Clinical Director of Hampshire IAPT, italk.
Cover image: © Shutterstock

Our first paper describing and evaluating the Acute Mental Health initiative* has been published.

 David Araci & Isabel Clarke (2017): Investigating the efficacy of a whole team, psychologically informed, acute mental health service approach,  

Journal of Mental Health Journal. 26, 307-311.

(*Now known as COMPREHEND, COPE and CONNECT)

Watch out for the second which is a qualitative study of staff reactions. Research on service user feedback is in progress.

How to Deal with Anger: a 5-step CBT plan for managing anger and overcoming frustration. (2016 Isabel Clarke),  John Murray Learning 


DCP Annual Conference 2018.  CARDIFF

17 – 18 January 2018. Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel.

I will be contributing the following paper:

The Complexity Gap. Developing a service for those who fall between Primary and Secondary Care.

To the Symposium: Personality Disorder Complexity. Working with people who have personality difficulties.


Co-facilitating a workshop with Lucy Johnstone:

Working in diagnostically-based systems: challenges and strategies.

Full programme

I am contributing to this programme around a community screening of Crazywise:

Rewriting Psychosis

Saturday 20 January, 2pm – 6pm, The Station, Bristol, BS1 2AG


This community screening of award-winning film C R A Z Y W I S E will be include speakers, debate and snacks.

The event aims to bring together people who experience psychosis, those close to them, health professionals, activists and researchers to build a new narrative where thriving and resilience are a potential outcome, rather than hopelessness and stigma.


Register for FREE here to join the conversation:








Recent  Events

24th November 2017 I am presenting a workshop for:
BABCP North East and Cumbria Branch
"Taking Experience Seriously in Psychosis"

SCN talk – Managing the Threshold
7 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Myself and Daniel Hadjiandreou.

Kingsley Hall Community Centre ( in Bromley-by-Bow.

Acute Adult Mental Health Care Conference

How can Psychological Practitioners Help?

9th May 2017.   Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street SE1 9HH
Along with:Russell Razzaque; Dave Harper; Rumina Taylor; John Adlam; Julie Fraser; Lisa Wood; Claire Williams.   


Exploring Wisdom in Madness

Rotterdam. 02.12.16

I will be chairing and presenting on: Psychosis and Spirituality Re-evaluated.
More Information
I will be giving a talk, title: Schizotypy and the Experience of Transliminal Phenomena
at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Special Interest group in Spirituality Conference:
Hallucinations and Spiritual Experiences: Voices, Visions and Revelation’
Date Friday 25th November 2016
Time 10:00 – 16.30
Type Conference
Venue RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB

BPS Transpersonal Section Annual Conference. "Spirituality, Psychology & Wellbeing: Transpersonal Psychology in Practice"

17th - 18th September.Highgate House in Northamptonshire.

Keynote: Psychosis and spirituality - finding your way and helping others (link to powerpoint)

Other keynotes: William Bloom
Glenn Hartelius and Itai Ivtzan
The Spiritual Crisis Network presents:
Release the potential within spiritual crisis
Honouring the Journey and Creating a Sharing, Caring, Containing Community.

8th October. 15.00 – 18.00.
Consciousness Healing Centre, Stroud
 More Info:
on 10th October I will be giving a workshop, along with John Wetherell, for Camden MIND

Title: MYSTICISM and MADNESS. Exploring the Threshold.


Link to powerpoint.

BABCP 44th Anual Conference. Symposium on
Psychologically Informed Acute Care: A Whole Service Approach.
The Emotion Focused Formulation approach in Hampshire, Surrey Borders, Sheffield and Edinburgh.

 15th - 17th June. Belfast. Waterfront Centre.

 An evening talk for Brighton Soteria:

Soteria in the Pub: Spiritual Crisis – a fresh perspective on unusual states of mind, with Isabel Clarke
January 28th 2016 
XX Annual Course of Schizophrenia.

Madrid 26th – 28th November 2015

J. Strauss, L. Davidson, P. Lysaker (USA),
I. Clarke (United Kingdom), R. Mezzina (Italy),
M. Hernández Monsalve, G. Lahera (Madrid),
JM. Blanqué, M. Montoro (Barcelona), G. Roldán (Granada),
L. Tost, C. Hdez A. de Sotomayor (Tenerife),
y M. González de Chávez (Madrid)

For the full programme see:
Links to my presentations:
Presentation 1:
Bringing psychosis in from the cold. Seeing anomalous experiencing in the wider context of  human cognition .

Presentation 2:
 “What is real and what is not”. A therapeutic approach to psychosis that takes experience seriously and undermines stigma.



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