who I am

About Me

Dr. Tanya Lecchi

BA Hons (Psychol) – MSc (ClinPsych) – PhD (Psychol) – DPsych

I am a BPS Chartered Psychologist, Registered Counselling and Clinical Psychologist (HCPC), Cognitive-Relational Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Teacher, and Senior Research Fellow. 

I have extensive training in a range of approaches to therapeutic work, with a focus on cognitive-relational models, and have 13 years of experience of providing psychological assessment and treatment to adults, families, children and young people in different care settings, including hospital environment and private practice. 

In 2022 I have founded Inner Citadel, a therapy clinic and training institute for psychology and psychotherapy.

My Experience –


As well as working privately as a clinician, I have been a clinical and research tutor on the DCPsych at Metanoia Institute for 6 years. I am currently Lecturer on the DPsych at City, University of London, as well as a senior research tutor and a senior research fellow within the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe) at the Anna Freud Centre/UCL.

My main interests include developmental trauma, personality disorders and mindfulness-based interventions, in particular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP).

I am also coordinating several international research projects focussing on mindfulness, and have developed interventions for young people and their carers.


  • BA (Hons) in Clinical Psychology
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • PhD in Psychology
  • Professional Training in Mindfulness-based Interventions
  • Foundation Course in Psychoanalysis
  • Foundation Course in Group Analysis
  • PGCertHE (Teaching and Learning in Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • PG Certificate in Relational Theory in Clinical Practice (The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, New York)


  • HCPC Registered Councelling Psychologist
  • HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist

Recent Pubblications

  • Lecchi, T. (2024). Intersoggettività e presenza nell’incontro terapeutico: una prospettiva costruttivista. In F. Giommi (Ed.), Coltivare Presenza: Psicoterapia e meditazione relazionale (pp. 117–137). Edizioni Edra.
  • Kristen, A., Lecchi, T., Loades, M. E., & Midgley, N. (2024). “I can’t escape my scars, even if I do get better”: A qualitative exploration of how adolescents talk about their self-harm and self-harm scars during cognitive behavioural therapy for depression. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/13591045241241348
  • Amin Choudhury, A., Lecchi, T., & Midgley, N. (2023). Understanding change – developing a typology of therapy outcomes from the experience of adolescents with depression. Psychotherapy Research. DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2023.2179440
  • MacKean, M., Lecchi, T., Mortimer, R., & Midgley, N. (2023). ‘I’ve started my journey to coping better’: exploring adolescents’ journeys through an internet-based psychodynamic therapy (I-PDT) for depression. Journal of Child Psychotherapy. DOI: 10.1080/0075417X.2023.2173271

My Focus –


My approach is integrative, mainly drawing on relational psychoanalysis, humanistic and constructivist approaches.


  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders