Lila Despotovic MBACP
338 City Road
Telegraph Hill Centre
I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor practising in central and south-east London. I am a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (the accredited register).
Having initially trained in Psychodynamic counselling, I have now developed a more integrative therapeutic approach which incorporates techniques from other therapeutic models (including Cognitive-Behavioural therapy) so that the therapy can be tailored to a particular client and their presenting issues and needs. My aim is to help my clients make sense of their emotional and behavioural difficulties and find ways of overcoming them or managing them better and ultimately, to empower the clients to make the changes that they want, in order to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
I am also a qualified Therapeutic practitioner for Eating Disorders and Obesity, trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders and this field of therapeutic work is one of my particular interests and specialities. Whether you have been struggling with overeating, purging, restricting, poor body image or weight management, and whether your difficulties are mild or a fully developed Eating disorder that has overtaken your life, I can help you on your way to recovery and a healthier relationship with your body and food.
Although therapeutic technique is important, I believe that equally important for the progress in therapy is the quality of therapeutic relationship between a client and a counsellor. This is something upon which I place great emphasis and in my practice you can expect to be treated with respect and empathy in a safe, supportive and confidential setting.
The length of therapy would depend on you and the complexity of the presenting issues that you bring and this would become clearer after the first couple of sessions. It can range from short-term, goal specific work (8-12 sessions) to long-term and open-ended therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and Training include:
- CPCAB Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills and Theory
- BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Certificate of Proficiency
- NCFED (National Centre for Eating Disorders) Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders Diploma
- NCFED Practitioner Skills for the Management of Obesity
I have got extensive counselling experience within the NHS, private and voluntary sector with a wide range of clients and presenting issues - they include work with the elderly and young people, people living with HIV and those affected by addictions, loss and bereavement, clients with relationship problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body-image issues and low self-esteem , among others.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Disordered eating and Emotional eating, Counselling support for weight loss and weight management, Body image issues, Low self esteem and self-worth, Identity issues, Life transitions, Loneliness.
During the initial contact via phone or email I will arrange an initial appointment for you as soon as possible. This is an opportunity for us to meet and for you to get the sense of how I work so that we could decide whether further sessions would be beneficial to you.
For the initial 50 minute session I charge £50, while the fee for further sessions ranges from £55 to £60, depending on location. Please see my website or email me for further details.
For cancellations a 48 hour notice is required, otherwise a full fee would be charged.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I practice at several locations in Central London (including Bank and Islington) and in SE London (Brokley/Peckham). Please email or call for information about up-to-date availability.
Types of client