Chryssa Chalkia Psychotherapist & Counsellor (BACP reg. & UKCP Accredited)
19 Nassau Street
The Minster Centre
20 Lonsdale Road
Are you in a space where you feel overwhelmed, stressed or depressed? Do you feel stuck and unsatisfied with your life or your relationship? Do you struggle managing your emotions or controlling your behaviour? Is work taking over your life? Or maybe you feel the need to make a change in your life?
You have a choice to respond which path you will follow. Take action and let’s talk. Sometimes we need a little help to improve and advance on to the next step in our lives. No matter how those steps may feel, my experience, training and passion for helping others offers you the support to achieve your goals and make a positive change in your life.
I am a Clinical Integrative Psychotherapist & Counsellor, helping you in your relationships, health and life path and decision. I am accredited the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC).
In my practice I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental therapeutic setting in which we can talk about any difficulties that you might currently experience whilst looking at ways to overcome them. I am passionate about supporting individuals to improve their wellbeing and make positive changes in their lives. My philosophy is that combining elements from different approaches and tailoring the treatment according to individual’s needs works best. I believe in personal and professional development through self-awareness. Together we can explore how your feelings, thoughts, personal history and current life circumstances interact with each other and are contributing to your current difficulties. My aim is to help you understand yourself better, the choices that you make in life, relieve emotional difficulties, change destructive behavioural patterns and make sense of such experiences. At the end of our work you will have new skills to overcome your difficulties, you will feel more in control in your life and be able to live a more balanced, happier and fulfilling life.
My office is based in Fitzrovia, Oxford Circus & Queens Park. Sessions can be carried out face to face and online and booked as one off, time limited (6, 8, 12 and 24 sessions) or long-term in both Greek and English to individuals, couples and groups.
I hold an MA in Psychoanalysis, MA and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, a BSc(Hons) and a Diploma in Psychology & Counselling and a Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) & Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
To book a 50min consultation contact me by email Chryssa.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 0784 7588 343.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started working in mental health in 2006 and since then I have gained extensive experience working for private, voluntary, educational and public sectors (NHS inpatient, community settings, EAP programmes, IAPT services in the UK as well as in Greece). I have worked with adults and groups with a wide range of difficulties, from feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, difficult relationships and workplace problems to cultural difficulties and diagnosed mental health conditions. Also, my experience includes conducting assessments and offering Step 2, Step 3 & Step 4 treatments according to NICE guidelines.
MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Middlesex University
MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, University of London
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Minster Centre
BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychological Science, Teesside University
Diploma in Counselling and Psychology, Mediterranean College
Diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Centre of Excellence and IANLPC
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) & Stress Reduction (MBSR), NHS
Certificate in Personal Life Coaching, Coaching Academy
Certificate in Working with Personality Disorder KUF, Institute of Mental Health
Additional training on:
CBT for Agoraphobia & Panic Attacks & Complex mental health presentations, Trauma skills, Brief Therapy, Working with couples, Depression, Domestic abuse,
Death & Bereavement, Eating Disorders, Family issues, Personality Disorders, Refugees,Self-harm and Suicide, Sexuality, Sleep difficulties, Women's Issues.
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, Cultural issues, Co-dependency in relationships, Depression
Dream work, Elderly, Enduring and Complex Mental Health Issues, Identity Issues, Lack of Motivation and Confidence, Low Self-Esteem/Self-Worth, Loneliness, Mood changes, Personal Development,Physical Health issues (diabetes, multiple sclerosis etc.), Sex and sexuality, Sleep difficulties, Procrastination, Relationship or Family issues, Transitional life changes, Trauma, Wellbeing, Work pressures or difficulties.
The fee for face to face individual psychotherapy/counselling sessions is £70.
Private Insurance: I am registered with the following insurance companies: Allianz, Aviva, BUPA, Healix Health Services, WPA, Vitality Health Care.
Low cost counselling: I offer a limited number of low cost sessions depending on individual circumstances (e.g. students, pensioners).
To arrange an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, please contact me by phone, text 0784 7588 343 or email Chryssa.email@example.com. All enquiries are strictly confidential.
Initial Consultation: 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.
What to expect during a session: A therapy session is typically a conversation between you and your therapist. The therapist uses skilled questioning, active listening, helpful clarification and constructive feedback to support you towards your goals and objectives.
Frequency of sessions: 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.
Payment: Fees are paid by cash or direct debit usually at the beginning or the end of each session.
Why choose psychotherapy or counselling?
•Clarify what’s important to you and gain a fresh perspective.
•Encourages you to expand your comfort zone and enables you to take progressive steps at your own pace.
•Keeps you accountable on what’s important to you while you achieve your goals.
•Non-judgmental and confidential support to explore your own life and mind.
•Provides a unique relationship that can make your life much richer, deeper and more rewarding on many levels.
•Support while adapting to change.
•Understand how you work and where you get stuck.
Psychotherapy and counselling enables you to:
•Accomplish goals that enrich your life.
•Become better at planning and decision making.
•Enjoy increased self-esteem and confidence.
•Enhance your relationships.
•Experience less stress.
•Feel better physically and more connected spiritually.
•Gain a clearer understanding of what is important to you and how you want to live your life.
•Improve your communication skills.
•Improve your work/life balance.
•Know yourself better.
•Navigate the daily demands of your job and home life.
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
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Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm. I practice in W1 & NW6. Feel free to contact me and discuss your availability.
Types of client
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