Dr Jeremy Alford

Jeremy Alford PhD, Istana’s Clinical Director, is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of mental health experience working in multicultural settings in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Jeremy is based in Spain and travels extensively overseeing Istana’s clinical teams and operations. 

Jeremy studied in the UK and holds a BA, MPhil and PhD from University College London, Kensington and from the Open University. He is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, a member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis. 

Jeremy adopts a person-centered integrative cognitive behavioural therapy approach and incorporates mindfulness practices into his sessions. He is also a clinical hypnotherapist, neuro-feedback, biofeedback and heartmath therapist. 

He believes in customized highly personalised approaches to mental health care and treatments working closely with the integrated multi-disciplinary teams of Istana’s qualified healthcare professionals.

Having lived and worked in countries spanning Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia, Jeremy is multilingual and attuned to working with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and personal preferences.

Jeremy is a specialist in the treatment of mood disorders and co-morbid personality disorders, as well as various dependencies, substance addictions and interpersonal relationship and couples issues. He also has a vast range of experience working with individuals, couples and families, with different clinical presentations, from eating disorders and conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias, traumas and ptsd.

In addition to his clinical expertise Jeremy is  the Founder and President of the non-profit organization The Middle East Eating Disorders Association www.meeda.me which is also a Partner Chapter of the Academy of Eating Disorders for the Middle East. Jeremy is also a Senior Trainer for the National Center Of Eating Disorders in the UK.

Jeremy offers recorded guided meditations that are useful for stress, anxiety, or sleep relief. Click on the app icon below. These will redirect you to his Insight Timers page:

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