Following undergraduate studies in psychology and communications I undertook training in counselling psychology and gained Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society. I also qualified in family therapy and Gestalt (humanistic) therapy before undertaking advanced training in couple psychotherapy. My doctoral research focused on the conceptualisation of relational normality in the practice of psychotherapy. I also completed a post-graduate diploma in clinical supervision.
I have worked in front line services as well as schools, prisons, youth therapeutic services, private clinics (e.g. PPCS in central London) and charities. I bring to my work the benefit of having gained significant experience working with both individuals, families and couples. Having worked with many professional in finance, management, and health, I understand that the stressors inherent to a busy life impact personal well-being and our ability to relate with loved ones in a life-enriching manner. I am keenly aware that happiness and health are not independent of the contexts in which we live and the persons we relate with. I also have a specialist interest in the manner with which gendered norms impact personal development, relational capacity and happiness. Additionally, I am also experienced in working with couples affected by significant psychological trauma and distressing life events.
Up until 2013 I served as a staff member on the Doctoral training in counselling psychology at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, UK. I then served as Head of Clinical Services at Tavistock Relationships in London, a centre of excellence in psychotherapy training and treatment. Since 2016 I have been responsible for the development, training and clinical supervision of Tavistock Relationship's online therapy service.
I am a full member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as well as being a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc) and my practice is recognised by the leading insurance providers.
Cachia, P., Zammit, M., & Macelli, N. (1998). The Young Carer in Malta. The Journal of Young Carers Work (1), 10-12.
Cachia, M., Lauri, M.A., & Cachia, P. (2009). Teleshopping: A uses and gratifications approach. Social Psychology Review, 11, 17-26.
Buss Twachtmann, C., & Cachia, P. March 2010. Workshop entitled: Key issues for training professionals to support couples and families affected by unemployment. 57th ICCFR International Conference, Malta 2010.
Cachia, P. (2010). The Impact of Psychic Trauma on love relationships: Implications for the practice of counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Review, 25, 2, 34-41.
Raisanen, T., Cachia, P. & Milton, M. (2010). Guest Editorial: Psychodynamic contributions to counselling psychology practice. Counselling Psychology Review, 25, 2, 4-5.
Rowbottom, S., Brown, D. & Cachia, P. (2012). The male gender role and men’s psychological distress: A review. Social Psychology Review, 14, 1, 28-27.
Cachia, P., Scharff, J.S. (2013). Clinical Narrative and Discussion: A Couple who lost. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 3:72-86.
Cachia, P., Scharff, J.S. (2013). Clinical Narrative and Discussion: Planned Ending of Therapy with a Couple Who Recovered Joy. Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 3:229-243.