Athena Matheou MA, Adv. Dip., UKCP reg., MBACP.
10 The Shrubberies
72 St Mary Road
Hello. I am a professionally qualified, experienced and registered psychotherapist and counsellor based in East London. I offer one-to-one psychotherapy and counselling tailored to your individual needs.
Below you will find some information about counselling, my qualifications and my experience. If you would like to know more please take a look at my website, www.athenapsychotherapy.co.uk. If you would like to talk to me about your particular situation and requirements do feel free to contact me via phone or email. I will be pleased to discuss your individual situation with you personally.
When counselling or psychotherapy can help
People come to therapy for a wide variety of reasons.
It could be that you find yourself in a crisis that is hard to deal with because of a traumatic experience such as an attack or abuse. Perhaps you are struggling with a major life event such as bereavement, divorce or becoming a parent. Or maybe your goal is clear and specific; for example to overcome a fear of flying.
Alternatively, your reason for seeking therapy might be more difficult to put into words. Perhaps you have a general feeling of being depressed or anxious, but you don't know why. Perhaps you think that life just doesn't feel right for you at the moment but you're not sure what is wrong or what you would like to change. Some people seek therapy simply because they feel stuck or unfulfilled.
My aim is to find out what it is you want from therapy and then to provide you with a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment in which we can try to find what you, personally, are looking for. In therapy you can explore how you might increase your options in life by identifying ways to move forward and find more satisfying and valuable ways to live.
All our work together will take place in a professional and confidential environment. I abide by the UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed an extensive academic and experiential training in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Minster Centre in London. I am committed to practising with high professional standards. After fulfilling the requirements to be awarded an Advanced Diploma, which qualified me to practise, I continued my training and completed an MA which I was awarded with distinction.
- MA with Distinction in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Minster Centre/Middlesex University)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Minster Centre)
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy registered
- Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Member of the Minster Centre
Experience as a Therapist
I have been working as an integrative psychotherapist since 2004. I am experienced in short and long-term work. I have worked in the NHS, voluntary sector and private practice. Being employed in these different contexts means that I have worked with people with many different issues, a large age range and diverse backgrounds.
I have worked with many issues, for example:
- birthing trauma
- creative block
- crisis of identity
- eating disorders
- fertility issues
- lack of confidence
- low self-esteem
- maternal ambivalence
- panic attacks
- parenting issues
- post-natal depression
- relationship issues
- transition in life
- traumatic experience
I have a special interest in issues to do with fertility, pregnancy and post-natal depression.
Before becoming a therapist I was a musician, music teacher and workshop leader. In this context I experienced working in relationship with many different people in varying situations and it was from here that my interest in being a therapist grew. My qualifications in this area are:
- MA in Music Education (Institute of Education, University of London)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Performance and Communication Skills (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
- GGSM 2:1 (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
My current session fee is £55.
I have a limited number of low cost places for students and those with a low income so please feel free to ask.
Sometimes the idea of contacting a therapist can be daunting. If you have read this far you are probably quite serious about wanting something from therapy. I know it's a bit of a cliché but it might help to concentrate on taking things one step at a time - you don't have to know where a journey will end in order to take one good step. You are not making any commitment by getting in touch and you are under no obligation to me. Even if I am not the right person to help you at this time I might be able to point you in a useful direction.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|