Linda Vlasaku - Cognitive Behavioural Pscyhotherapist
Linda Vlasaku B.Psych (Hons), PG Dip (Cog Beh Thp), PG Cert (PWP), BABCP (Accred).
A Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist working for the NHS and in private practice, accredited by the BABCP.
CBT is the most evidence-based and NICE recommended therapy for a range of mental health problems. CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that helps clients’ understand how their thoughts, behaviours and feelings influence one another.
Linda uses CBT to treat a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD, panic, health anxiety, PTSD, social anxiety and phobias), eating problems, pain management and habits. She has a particular interest in low self-esteem and social anxiety and their impact on interpersonal interactions, dating and relationships.
Linda received her Diploma in CBT from Royal Holloway University and holds a First Class Degree in Psychology from Brunel University. Linda has undertaken further training in third-wave therapies including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and is able to integrate these into her practice to tailor intervention to each client’s needs.
As a senior member of the NHS service she works in, Linda is currently attending the NHS Leadership Academy where she will receive a certificate in Leading in the Public Services. She provides supervision to a team of practitioners as well as clinical skills workshops and has been trained in coaching skills to empower individuals.
What to expect at the first session
Some people find it hard to open up; Linda helps clients gain more confidence and comfort to encourage them to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. It is difficult to know which therapist is right for you. The first session is also an opportunity for clients to see if the therapist, as well as their approach is a good ‘fit’.
At the first session, Linda will gather information about the client’s current difficulties and history to gain a deeper understanding of the situation, and how their view of themselves, the world and others developed. A formulation is then drawn to illustrate the links between the past and current thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physical symptoms which are maintaining the presenting difficulties. Collaboratively, Linda will work with clients to define goals for treatment.
What to expect in treatment
Linda utilises a vast array of interventions to modify unhelpful patterns maintaining difficulties to equip the client with lifelong skills to enable them to deal with situations differently by thinking and behaving in a more healthy and balanced way. As clients go through the therapy process, they will be encouraged to apply their learning to their daily life.
Interventions include amongst others; understanding and modifying unhelpful thinking styles and ingrained core beliefs, behavioural experiments to test unhelpful predictions, increasing activities to improve mood, developing adaptive behaviours, exposure to feared situations, relaxation and mindfulness, and developing positive self-beliefs.
Depending on the problem and severity, sessions vary between 6-22 sessions for 50 minutes each.
Her private practice is based in Notting Hill, close to Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove tube stations. She provides appointments face-to-face, telephone or on Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma (Merit), Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Royal Holloway University
Postgraduate Certificate, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, University of Essex
BSc Psychology (First Class Honours), Brunel University
Postgraduate Certificate (current), Leading in the Public Services, University of Hertfordshire
Mindfulness, Royal Holloway University & BABCP
Motivational Interviewing, NHS Trust
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Royal Holloway University
Compassion Focused Therapy, Royal Holloway University
Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Systemic Therapy 3 day course, CNWLNHS Trust
IAPT Supervisors Training for PWP's, University of Essex
Anger Management, HPFT NHS Trust
Solution Focused Brief Therapy, HPFT NHS Trust
Coaching for Patients with Long Term Conditions, HPFT NHS Trust
Integrated Eye Movement Therapy, Matt Kendell
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£125 per 50 minute assessment
£100 per 50 minute session
£80 per 50 minute Skype or telephone session
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday evenings, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 1pm-5pm
Types of client