Lurdes Hope MA, MBACP (Accred.)
07890 054 387
I'm an experienced Psychotherapist offering individual therapy to young adults and adults of all ages in Richmond, London, both in English and Portuguese.
My experience has been gained over a number of years in the NHS, at a top London University, in a Bereavement Charity and in private practice. I am a registered and an accredited Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I see clients with a range of issues including bereavement, depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), post traumatic disorder, addictions and relationship problems, and the specific obstacles faced by young adults.
I chose counselling as a second career later in life. As part of my training, I had to have counselling myself. It felt hugely helpful to be able to discuss my feelings openly in a confidential and non judgemental environment. While I talked to my therapist I gained new insight into relationships and my feelings.
What worked for me was a warm empathetic stance, rather than a clinical, cold and detached approach. This empathy made me feel truly heard and understood. I felt validated. This in turn enabled me to start taking responsibility for my part in the dynamics of my relationships, and I gained awareness of choices I could make.
The important thing in therapy for me was that I was never pressurised to change. Instead, I gradually felt acceptance towards the issues I had been experiencing, which I am certain I wouldn't have achieved by myself.
I base myself on these positive experiences, and offer these conditions in therapy. I strongly believe that psychotherapy enables people to fulfil their potential and live a richer and more balanced life.
There are many psychotherapy approaches. My integrative training means that I can incorporate them in my practice, thus benefitting each individual client.
How to get started
Please call or email me to arrange an initial appointment. In our initial session, we will discuss what brings you to counselling and will make an estimate of how many sessions you might need. This will be provisionally and mutually agreed but can be changed at any time.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (integrative)
Introductory Imago Couple Counselling Course
Introductory Transactional Analysis Course at Metanoia
Addiction is a Family Illness (ASCA)
Compassion-focused CBT to overcome childhood trauma (University of Reading)
Disability and Dissociation (The Hampstead Psychotherapy Club)
Anger, Rage and Relationship (London Therapy Institute)
Introductory Imago Couple Counselling Course (The Awareness Centre)
Short and long term work both in my private practice and in a different range of mental health organisations.
NHS / IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - Short term counselling (up to 12 sessions)
University of Roehampton - Short term counselling (up to six sessions)
Bereft Bereavement Service - Long Term Bereavement counselling
Place2Be / Young Children - Long Term Counselling
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Difficulties adapting to a different culture and related issues.
Constant Negative Thinking.
£50.00 per 50 minutes.
I offer a 20% discount to students and clients on a lower income.
Location and Directions:
Buses: Three stops from Richmond Station (direction Chiswick) to the stop called Sandycoombe Road: 190; 391; 419; 493; H22; H37; R68; R70; N22
Trains Richmond Station offers main line trains to Waterloo, main line trains “London Overground” and the District Line Tube.
Tube: Kew Gardens tube station is a 10 minute walk. North Sheen (Railway) Station is a five minute walk.
Parking: There is free unrestricted parking a few minutes away.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client