Lila Despotovic MBACP
Telegraph Hill Centre
162-168 Regent St
City Of London
I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor practising in south-east London. I am a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (the accredited register).
I use Integrative approach, which incorporates my psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapy training, as well as mindfulness approaches and creative techniques, which 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
In addition to this, as part of my continual professional development, I have completed a range of courses, seminars and workshops on specific interests and topics relating to my work and I continue to update and extend my therapeutic skills and knowledge.
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.
I offer first 30 minute session free of charge. This is an opportunity to meet and find out how I work and for us to decide whether to continue working together.
The fee for further 50 minute sessions ranges from £45 to £60, depending on location.
For cancellations a 48 hour notice is required, otherwise a full fee would be charged.
I offer Skype sessions for clients who are unable to attend sessions face-to-face.
Some reduced fee sessions may be available for Counselling students.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Serbo-Croat, Serbian, Bosnian|
Evening and weekend appointments available. Please email or call for information about up-to-date availability and to book a free appointment.
Types of client