Mental Health and Psychological Risk Management for TV/Film Production

Mental Health and Psychological Risk Management for TV/Film Production

Expert psychological insight is essential to ensuring full compliance with safety regulations, minimising the risk of legal trouble down the road. Because compliance is such a complex matter, advice from professional psychologists, with the ability to provide complex presentations, is key to maintaining your production’s integrity and the safety and well-being of all concerned. Private Therapy Clinic can provide you with highly experienced, qualified psychologists who understand your needs and can work closely with you to ensure that your goals are achieved safely and successfully.

If you are looking for expert mental health and psychological risk management in the area of television and/or film production, you’ve come to the right place. Dr Becky Spelman and her team of experts have exceptional levels of expertise in this area, and a great deal of experience in supporting production companies in the all-important areas of risk management for mental health and psychological considerations. This counts for everyone involved in the complex business of production, including the Production Team, Cast and Contributors.

We know how important it is for you to meet your tight schedules, and the many demands you face, and in this context we are more than ready to support you in providing reliable, flexible service, whether you need us to be on-call, on standby, or ready to follow up after initial assessments.

Whether your headquarters is in the UK or elsewhere, and whether your current production is small or large, we can provide you with the service you need – and we tailor-make our service for the unique, specialised requirements of every client. At short notice, Private Therapy Clinic can provide you with the clinical and counselling psychologists (BPS Chartered and HCPC registered and BPS Chartered) you require for your television or filming project in the UK or elsewhere.

As well as working in private practice, Dr Spelman is the founder of Private Therapy Clinic Ltd., which provides expert, high quality, effective psychological therapy to individual clients as well as groups, couples, and corporate clients. Private Therapy Clinic also provides mental health and psychological risk management services to clients working in television and film production.

Dr Spelman has over 14 years’ experience in the field of mental health. She has worked in both the private and the public sector, in areas as diverse as anxiety, depression, addictions, personality disorders, and a wide range of psychological difficulties. Dr. Spelman also provides medico-legal reports, and evidence as an expert witness, for court. She has appeared as a Psychologist on number of TV channels including Channel 4, Sky One & Channel 5.

Previous work

Television, Radio & Video


03 Nov 2017

Stock Market Millionaire Turned Ecstasy Dealer Interview

This is the first episode in our online series that interviews interesting people who have lead extraordinary lives delving deep in to their psychological worlds. It features stock market millionaire turned ecstasy dealer, Shaun Attwood, who is interviewed by Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman.....

09 Feb 2017

Dr Becky Spelman on Sky News: The Economy of Relationships

Dr. Becky Spelman discusses the gumtree research and how much you will spend on average across various stages of the relationship cycle. ....

25 Dec 2016

Commitment Phobia discussion with Dr Becky Spelman

Dr Becky Spelman discusses fear of commitment on a UK talk show. What is commitment phobia, where does it come from and how to overcoming it.....

12 Nov 2016

Brits crave all the likes – social media addiction

Dr Becky Spelman explains instant gratification needed by Brits in the form of social media likes, tweets and shares, with the average Brit spending over 2 hours a day across 3 social media accounts.....

21 Sep 2016

Fear and Horror movies

Dr Becky Spelman on Dublin's 98 FM Interview about the Psychology of Fear and Horror movies....

17 Aug 2016

When Good Sex Goes Bad – How To Avoid Making Bad Choices In Your Sex Life – Huffington Post

Sex sells the advertising industry says. Men think about sex every seven seconds, a famous but completely fabricated stat says, (it’s actually 19 times per day, on average, with women sex-sidetracked an average of ten times per day). If you believe the media then our whole lives revolve around sex, and whilst that isn’t true, it is fair to say that many people in the West live in a relatively enlightened sexual time, where sexual freedom is both relatively attainable and relatively socially ....

01 Aug 2016

The Psychology Behind Premature Ejaculation – What’s Really Causing It – Huffington Post

As a practicing psychologist I see many people with sexual issues that impact heavily upon their lives. However, there’s one in particular that many men find particularly stressful, and that’s premature ejaculation. This is something that affects up to 4 in 10 men over the age of 18 at some point in their lives, and yet it’s become taboo to talk openly about something that happens to nearly half of British men.....

13 Jul 2016

What Is ‘Tapping’ and Can It Cure All Of Your Pain?

Dr Becky Spelman's Psychologist comments in Vice magazine about EFT. Click here to read the full article. Dr Becky Spelman, psychologist and CBT therapist at Private Therapy Clinic on Harley Street, is not in favour. "While energy meridians are an interesting concept, scientific investigation has thus far been unable to confirm their existence," she said. "Formal studies of the efficacy of EFT have, to date, indicated that any positive results probably have more to do with the placebo effect tha....

11 Jul 2016

Can I buy a Shared Ownership property with a friend?

Advice from the expert. Psychologist Rebecca Spelman gives tips and guidance on how to buy and live together without putting your friendship at risk.....

07 Apr 2016

Sex, Gore and Playtime: What Does Watching Extreme Videos As a Kid Do to You? Comments by Dr Lindsay Ip

Dr Lindsay Ip's Child Psychologist comments in Vice magazine about the effect on children of watching extreme content online (pornography, violence etc) and what effect, if any, it has long-term on the child's mental well being.....

04 Apr 2016

Children being driven to despair as primary pupils under the age of 5 now self-harming

Child psychologist Lindsay Ip, who practises at London’s Private Therapy Clinic, said that self-harm among children under five was tragically no longer rare, adding that modern technology was partly to blame.She said: “Children today are more used to immediate gratification from technology and digital games than active, creative play in the outdoors and connection to humans and nature.“This means they have less time to process and integrate experiences, which limits their capacity ....

03 Apr 2016

Life Flat-sharing at 40: ‘The thought of owning property again is daunting’

The psychology of sharing a living space later in life is the subject of research by Dr Becky Spelman at the Private Therapy Clinic, alongside her peers in London and New York. She says, ‘This kind of living style has an initial impact on self-esteem for many. We have preconceptions that society will judge us negatively for not owning our home past the age of 40.’....

25 Nov 2015

The allure of the nanny: What makes these child-carers so irresistible?

Appalling, exploitative behaviour, for sure – but it may be partly down to genes, says Dr Becky Spelman of the Private Therapy Clinic ‘There is a theory with nannies in particular that is linked to evolutionary drives,’ she says. Man shuts down cheating ex in the most passive-aggressive way ‘Men are biologically programmed to look for maternal instincts and, if they see a young, potentially fertile woman surrounded by babies, this perception of them as potential partners increases.....

07 Oct 2015

Cheeks in, lips parted! As the ‘fish gape’ takes over the red carpet, FEMAIL offers a masterclass in how YOU can perfect the photo-friendly look

FEMAIL spoke to Harley Street psychologist Dr Becky Spelman about the ever-changing vortex of photo faces. 'Because of the way today’s spotlight shines on celebrities, the red carpet is a daunting place for even the most confident and experienced individual,' she said.....

06 Oct 2015

Is your bad temper KILLING you? Angry men are more likely to die before the age of 70, study claims

Harley Street-based psychologist Dr Becky Spelman said there are many practical things that we can each do to manage our anger levels. ‘Take the time to consider the things in your life that you can be appreciative of – write them down and picture each clearly in your mind, ideally when you first wake up,’ she said. ‘Visualise what you really want from your life. Hold on to this vision tightly and whenever you feel frustrated come back to the visualisation and do not let go of this. ....

07 Jun 2016

Extreme Phobias Extreme Cures – Spiders – Dr Becky Spelman

Spider phobia episode from the Extreme Phobias, Extreme Cures series. A series which sees people with the same crippling fear or phobia join forces to overcome their problem once and for all – from spiders, dogs and birds to heights, confined spaces and water. Each week ten fellow sufferers will take part in an extreme form of exposure therapy that will involve them helping each other through their worst nightmare scenarios as they tackle their fear head on. Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman is ha....

07 Jun 2016

Extreme Phobias Extreme Cures – Birds – Dr Becky Spelman

A series which sees people with the same crippling fear or phobia join forces to overcome their problem once and for all – from spiders, dogs and birds to heights, confined spaces and water. Each week ten fellow sufferers will take part in an extreme form of exposure therapy that will involve them helping each other through their worst nightmare scenarios as they tackle their fear head on. ....

07 Jun 2016

Extreme Phobias Extreme Cures – Dogs – Dr Becky Spelman

Dog phobia episode from the Extreme Phobias, Extreme Cures series. A series which sees people with the same crippling fear or phobia join forces to overcome their problem once and for all – from spiders, dogs and birds to heights, confined spaces and water. Each week ten fellow sufferers will take part in an extreme form of exposure therapy that will involve them helping each other through their worst nightmare scenarios as they tackle their fear head on. Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman is hand ....

07 Jun 2016

Extreme Phobias Extreme Cures – Water – Dr Becky Spelman

Water phobia episode from the Extreme Phobias, Extreme Cures series. A series which sees people with the same crippling fear or phobia join forces to overcome their problem once and for all – from spiders, dogs and birds to heights, confined spaces and water. Each week ten fellow sufferers will take part in an extreme form of exposure therapy that will involve them helping each other through their worst nightmare scenarios as they tackle their fear head on. Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman is han....

07 Jun 2016

Extreme Phobias Extreme Cures – Heights – Dr Becky Spelman

A series which sees people with the same crippling fear or phobia join forces to overcome their problem once and for all – from spiders, dogs and birds to heights, confined spaces and water. Each week ten fellow sufferers will take part in an extreme form of exposure therapy that will involve them helping each other through their worst nightmare scenarios as they tackle their fear head on.....

07 Jun 2016

Extreme Phobias Extreme Cures – Confined Spaces – Dr Becky Spelman

Claustraphobia episode from the Extreme Phobias, Extreme Cures series. A series which sees people with the same crippling fear or phobia join forces to overcome their problem once and for all – from spiders, dogs and birds to heights, confined spaces and water. Each week ten fellow sufferers will take part in an extreme form of exposure therapy that will involve them helping each other through their worst nightmare scenarios as they tackle their fear head on. Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman is h....

01 Mar 2016

How His Relationship With His Mum Could Spell The End Of Yours – Huffington Post

This week I have been asked by three different friends about their boyfriends' relationship with their respective mothers. What was interesting was that each had a different issue about it, with each providing a different impact upon their relationships. ....

26 Feb 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge Is Right – Young Minds Really Do Matter – Huffington Post

There are some moments in our society that we look back on and realize the world really did change a bit that day. When Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge took on the Editorship of the Huffington Post last week, that's what happened for our society's collective understanding of mental health issues, particularly in children.....

15 Feb 2016

How to Spot Signs Your Partner May Be a Cheater – The Huffington Post

Around Valentine's Day, no-one wants to think their partner may be thinking of someone else. However, research suggests that modern monogamous relationships have never been more likely to see one or both partners stray from home, with some statistics showing over 50% of people are likely to commit at least one act of infidelity in their lifetime. ....

02 Feb 2016

Understanding Sexual Fetishes – The Huffington Post

Thanks to the 50 Shades of Grey phenomena, last year saw the fetish scene sail as close to the mainstream as it has ever done, with the series' first movie the eleventh most popular global film, and EL James's re-telling of her first novel.......

22 Jan 2016

Online Daters Be Wary – Dating Sites Attract Psychopaths and Love Addicts – The Huffington Post

According to recent stats there will be nine million Brits online dating as you read this, with nearly half of adults in the UK having tried finding love through the internet. ....

20 Jan 2016

How to get that job: Dr Becky Spelman’s interview in The Independent

Dr Becky Spelman dreamed of working in a field where she could help individuals find a higher degree of happiness in their lives.....

12 Jan 2016

2015 Was the Year of Casual Sex – But Is It Dangerous for Your Psychological Health?

In 2015 the frequency and depth of sex in my patients' lives appeared to increase in its importance, seemingly due to the ever increasingly sexualised and consumerist society we live in.....

04 Dec 2015

Life Post The Paris Terror Attacks – The Saturday Show – Channel 5 – Dr Becky Spelman

Dr Becky Spelman speaks on Channel 5's The Saturday show about how to deal with anxiety after the Paris attacks.Dr Becky Spelman, a cognitive behavioural Psychologist joins the show to take a look at the varying responses and why we react the way we do.....

25 Nov 2015

Dr Becky Spelman on The Gadget Show

Dr Becky Spelman helps presenter Ortis overcome his fear on The Gadget Show on Channel 5 using exposure therapy along with gadgets. ....

29 Oct 2015

Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman on London Live

Psychologist Dr Becky talks on London Live about the research study commissioned by Beko which investigates the way in which socialising has changed, why staying in is the new going out and kitchen envy and the pressure to keep up with all the latest appliances, gadgets and technology. ....

30 Aug 2014

Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4

Dr Becky Spelman discusses Sleep-related Rhythmic Movement Disorder with a young lady and provides her with tips on how to manage the stress which triggers the disorder.....

30 Aug 2014

Airbrushed pictures should be clearly labelled

Dr Becky talks about the effects airbrushed pictures of models in the media can have on young people.....

05 Aug 2014

Housing Costs – Are young adults forced to stay longer?

Dr. Becky Spelman talks on Sky News about the difficulties young people face today trying to get ahead. ....

03 Oct 2013

Calling time on reclined airline seats

The strong support for a change in reclined seat procedures makes sense, says psychologist Dr. Becky Spelman, Clinical Director at the Private Therapy Clinic in Harley Street. The effect of people reclining their seat can result in various negative emotions such as anger, stress, anxiety, frustration and upset for the passenger behind them. This emotional impact can result in a whole range of unhelpful behaviours, including air rage.....

16 May 2013

Tunes for the nervous flyer

The Science Behind the MusicDr Spelman’s research finds that breathing in time to music with a low bpm at a controlled and reduced pace is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure which in turn reduces anxiety. Another established method is to listen to tracks which stimulate both sides of the brain, while using headphones and with eyes your closed. Music which is harmonious and emotive is generally regarded as the best at achieving this type of stimulation which induces Eye Movement ....