Chryssa Chalkia- Psychotherapist & Counsellor MA, Adv.Dip, MA, BSc, Dip.
97 Mortimer Street
I am a professionally qualified Psychotherapist & Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I practice in the NHS and privately which has helped me gain experience working with adults with a wide range of difficulties, from feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, difficult relationships and workplace problems to diagnosed mental health conditions.
I hold a Bachelor and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychology, an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling and a Master's degree in Psychoanalytic Studies. My final and main training is in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling were I was awarded with Master's degree.
In my practice I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic setting in which you can bring and explore all parts of yourself. We can talk about any difficulties that you might currently experience whilst looking at ways to overcome them. Therapy is tailored to each client's needs.
You will be able to unburden yourself and explore difficult feelings and thoughts in a safe, confidential and supportive relationship, helping you find relief and resolution. Together we can explore how your mind, brain, body, personal history and current life circumstances interact with each other and contributing to your current difficulties. I will support you increase your awareness, understand yourself better, relieve emotional difficulties or destructive behavioural patterns and make sense of such experiences.
This process can help you learn more about yourself, gain insight to internal conflicts which they may be present and become more aware of your behaviours, thoughts, perceptions and feelings. By exploring, understanding and accepting those parts of yourself then change can begin. Awareness gives you the choice to bring change and experiment with new ways of being and relating.
How I work?
Are you in a space where you feel overwhelmed, stressed or depressed? Do you feel stuck and unsatisfied with your life? Do you struggle managing your emotions or controlling your behaviour? Is work taking over your life? Let’s talk. Together we can find new ways of managing your difficulties, understand yourself better and live a more balanced and fulfilling life.
I work with individuals, couples and groups offering short (6, 8, 12 and 24 sessions) and long-term therapy in both Greek and English.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrative, drawing on elements from several psychotherapeutic modalities as appropriate, such as: psychodynamic approaches, which helps to understand the unconscious and how previous experiences can shape and influence our present; relational/cultural focused approaches which can be particularly useful for managing emotional distress, primarily associated with relationship difficulties; as well as evidence based NICE recommended therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural therapy which can be a useful tool to establish new coping skills, supporting you to manage your emotions more effectively. Always maintaining awareness of your relational patterns, sociocultural context, and intersecting identities and roles in our work. Therapy is tailored through each individual’s needs by taking into account the client’s ideas and preferences, their past experiences of treatment and their future goals.
What happens next? Moving on
To arrange an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, please contact me by phone, text or email. All enquiries are strictly confidential.
The initial consultation lasts 50 minutes and will give you the opportunity to talk about what's on your mind, with a view to deciding whether you go forward with further sessions.This consultation gives me the opportunity to ask a lot of questions in order to identify the main issues that have brought you to seek help; any setbacks, as well as to take down details of background and history. At the close of the session a decision can be made as how to proceed.
I am based in Marylebone, Oxford Circus & Queens Park.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with individuals and groups (18+) from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds offering short term and open ended therapy and delivered well-being workshops in line with NICE guidelines. I have worked witthin respected therapeutic services in the private sector, NHS primary and secondary services, charities as well as in universities in London. I have a passion for research which is reflected on the fact that I will be presenting my research's findings in the Annual BACP Research Conference in 2017.
MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Middlesex University (2016)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Minster Centre (2016)
MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, University of London (2008)
BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychological Science, Teesside University (2006)
Diploma in Counselling and Psychology, Mediterranean College (2006)
Diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) Centre of Excellence and IANLPC - (2016)
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) & Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) NHS -(09/2014-10/2014)
Certificate in Personal Life Coaching -Coaching Academy (07/2008)
Additional training on
CBT for complex and enduring mental health presentations Level 5 -NHS (09/2014- 10/2014)
Certificate in Working with Personality Disorder KUF -Institute of Mental Health (03/2013)
Smoking Cessation Level 1 -NHS (09/2013)
CBT for Agoraphobia & Panic Attacks -Mind (04/2011)
Trauma skills -Minster Centre (2012)
Brief Therapy- Minster Centre (2012)
Certificate in Personal Life Coaching -Coaching Academy (07/2008)
Working with couples - Mediterranean College (2006)
Seminars attended on
Agoraphobia & Panic Attacks
Sexual Abuse, Sexual Diversity, Sexuality
Death & Bereavement
Self-harm and Suicide
Family and belonging
Mental Health Diagnosis, Psychiatric Assessments and Medication, Risk Assessment, Safeguarding for Adults and Children, Advanced Communication Skills in a Mental Health Setting
I have won an award for my performance and given a certificate by the Chief Executive of C&I NHS Trust. Also, I have been honorary mentioned in a monthly Memo for my commitment and upholding the services from Westminster Mind.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a great deal of experience working with a variety of issues including:
Anxiety/ Stress/ Panic Attacks/ Agoraphobia
Depression/ Bereavement/ Loss
Relationship/ Family issues
Lack of Motivation and Confidence
Dependencies (alcohol, drugs, internet etc.)
Transitional life changes
Work pressures or difficulties and Redundancy
Physical Health issues (diabetes, multiple sclerosis etc.)
Enduring and Complex Mental Health Issues
Face to face sessions
My fee for face to face psychotherapy/counselling is £70 per session.
Skype sessions lasts for 50 minutes and cost £60.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes. Sessions would be at the same time each week and last for fifty minutes. For long-term therapy I usually review the work every three months.
The regularity and consistency of sessions is helpful in providing a stable setting to explore deeper-lying issues. However, occasionally, I work with clients in a less regular way if practicalities make it impossible to meet weekly, if it is more therapeutic to work this way, or the clients prefers it.
Low cost counselling
I offer a limited number of lower cost sessions depending on individual circumstances (e.g. students, pensioners). My fee scale is between £35 - £55 per session for low cost counselling clients.
Fees are paid by cash or direct debit usually at the beginning or the end of each session.
Please email me for availability on email@example.com
As Socrates says ‘the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new’. In order to grow ourselves we need to focus our energy on building something new by doing things differently. However, in order to do that we need to understand our life story and make the unconscious conscious otherwise, as Carl Jung said, it will direct your life and will call it fate.
We cannot change the past, but we can change the way we relate to it. In these moments of decision our destiny is shaped. By exploring, understanding and accepting those parts of ourselves and our history then change can begin. Our visions become clear only when we look into our own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes. Change is about process and process is about taking small steps that makes the biggest difference.
Often people struggle to see how difficult experiences can actually transform into gifts. We tend to avoid talking about them or connecting with painful emotions. However, what we resist persists, but what we embrace dissolves. There is a misconception that being open and vulnerable is a sign of weakness. What most people do not know is that connecting with vulnerable parts of our self or difficult experiences helps us integrate and find our true self and build emotional resilience.
We all face challenges and difficult situations in life that affect our health and wellbeing. All of our experiences is part of our personal developmental process and journey towards unlocking the wisdom in our life and achieving a higher state of consciousness and being. Life is a journey, not an end goal and every phase of it needs to be embraced in order for us to evolve.
Benefits of therapy
To get the most of therapy you need to approach sessions with honesty, openness and empathy. Every person is unique and the journey is different for each client. Therapy is not a quick fix and often requires time and commitment into the process in order to find answers into your problems. Effective therapy involves trust between you and your therapist. It is the therapeutic relationship which acts as a vehicle for change and growth.
Engaging with therapy helps you learn more about yourself, gain insight to internal conflicts which they may be present, become more aware of your behaviours, thoughts, perceptions, feelings and understand how your personal history interacts with your present life and contributes to your current difficulties. Therapy increases your awareness and helps us see the true gifts that you are given in life and how they help you grow both mentally and emotionally. Not only it helps you feel more confident, but it also helps you take responsibility about who you are and how you want to live your life. It helps you gain clarity and lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. This transformative experience facilitates change and supports us to create new experiences, have new ambitions and aspirations for our lives.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Greek (native speaker)|
Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm. I practice in W1 & NW6. Feel free to contact me and discuss your availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|