Linda Vlasaku - Cognitive Behavioural Pscyhotherapist

Linda Vlasaku - Cognitive Behavioural Pscyhotherapist

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07886 384795

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London
W11

07886 384795

About me

Linda Vlasaku B.Psych (Hons), PG Dip (Cog Beh Thp), PG Cert (PWP), BABCP (Accred).

Linda is a Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist 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 treats 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.

Background

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.

Having worked for the NHS as a senior member of the service, Linda completed the NHS Leadership Academy receiving a certificate in Leading in the Public Services. She has provided 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.

Private practice

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

Qualifications:

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

Further Training:

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

Member organisations

BABCP

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Confidence issues
Relationship anxiety
Social skills

Fees

£125 for an assessment

£100 per treatment session

£80 per 50 minute Skype or telephone session

Further information

I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.
Registered with AXA health insurance.

Maps & Directions

London, W11

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

evenings and weekends

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
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