Dr Magda Evans Chartered Psychologist / Psychotherapist
In crisis? Stressed? Anxious? Having difficulty coping? Feeling sad? Lonely? Feeling hopeless? Not reaching your potential? Feeling unacknowledged? Frustrated? Angry? Stuck? Scared? Confused? No clear aim in life? Struggling to accept changes? Food issues?
There are times in our lives when we can feel overwhelmed by our circumstances and life events and wonder whom we can to turn to for help. Our relatives, friends and colleagues may not be as responsive and as helpful as we would like and talking to them may cause additional problems for us. Then there may also be the fear that other people may find out that we're having difficulties with certain aspects of our lives and we don't want them to know.
Counselling/Therapy provides you with a different experience of being listened to and understood by a professional, someone who is unconnected to your friends and family and who can provide a safe environment where your concerns can be heard in confidence.
I offer you a warm and secure space in comfortable surroundings where your problems, feelings and thoughts can be brought, listened to and explored in a safe, non-judgemental, confidential way of working.
Whether you come in crisis and are looking for support during this time of stress and change; whether you come for problems like generalised anxiety and/or depression, low self-esteem and lack of confidence; whether you have specific problems related to traumatic incidents and/or relationship difficulties; whether it’s work-related and/or life changing circumstances; or whether you come because you are stuck, confused, unable to enjoy life or in distress, therapy is a journey of self-discovery that we engage in together and I will support you to reflect and understand yourself better in order not only to increase your psychological well-being but also to find more helpful ways of dealing with life’s challenges. I will also provide strategies and techniques that you will be able to use after you've stopped coming to me.
How does therapy/counselling work?
Therapy is a different kind of conversation from the normal experiences of conversation that you have with others. It is unique in that it provides you with an opportunity for being listened to attentively without judgement; and the slower rhythm and pace of the process allows us both to explore and reflect upon your issues. As we sit facing each other in a room, you can offload what is going on in your mind and put these thoughts into the space between us where we can explore them in greater detail. I will ask questions that will facilitate this. Through this process you begin to distance yourself from both your troubling thoughts and any issues that you're struggling with and start to see them and your life with a different perspective.
There is no failure in wanting to have therapy and I do understand how terrifying it can feel to imagine that you may have to discuss intimate, shameful or embarrassing things. Also, having counselling or therapy does not mean that you have a mental illness. For my part I will honour you as the individual that you are and will do my best to make you feel at ease throughout the process so that we can go at your pace and you will have control over what you want to talk about and what you don't want to discuss. My training and range of experience enables me to help and guide you to work through your current problems.
This process of being heard and understood by another helps people make sense of their current difficulties. I also incorporate mindfulness with body, thought and behavioural awareness (CBT) in my way of working, sharing skills and strategies to help you manage your life more effectively. As the healing work progresses people find that they begin to understand themselves better and trust themselves more which helps build-up their self-confidence. They also gain in self-awareness, self-compassion and acceptance. And as a result of this increase in general well-being their fears and anxieties subside. Additionally, when anxieties and fears do occur in life, which they will do as they are part of our body's normal response to a threat to our security, they can be managed more helpfully.
What happens if I make an appointment?
Our first meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to decide whether I'm the right therapist for you.
During this assessment meeting we agree on what your aims for therapy are and for the length of time we will work together. It may be that you only need one session of therapy to talk things through and that will be enough. Short term may be 4 - 10 sessions and this can be enough to help you through a difficult time. Longer-term (e.g. 6 months or more) may be appropriate if you've had issues that have been with you for years. Psychological distress is often linked to deeper feelings and ideas about ourselves or other people that have been with us for a long time and of which we are unaware. The relationship between client and therapist provides the space to uncover and understand these subconscious thoughts and patterns.
At the end of the assessment, we will agree to what terms feel right for you at this particular time. We will then schedule these appointments at a mutually agreeable time. Therapy works best if you can commit to a 50 minute session at the same time every week. Throughout the course of therapy we will review how we’re doing as well as our session arrangements.
As a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist I work with adults using an adaptable, holistic and flexible approach. This means that I use ideas and understandings from a broad range of approaches and therapies so that by working together we can develop a way of working that best meets your personal needs and aims.
In this way we can work towards you having a better understanding of yourself with increased well-being, self-compassion, self-awareness, understanding and self-acceptance. Old unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving can then be changed into more helpful behaviours.
Typical concerns include such things as: In crisis, Stress, Feeling Pressured, Anger, Generalised Anxiety, Fear, Depression, Lack of Confidence and Self-Esteem, Trauma, Relationship Difficulties, Food, Drink and Drugs Issues, Work Issues, Not Reaching your Potential, Isolation, Loneliness, Illness, Bereavement and Loss, Life Change Challenges, Personal Development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training: Practitioner Doctorate at the Metanoia Institute / Middlesex University
Awarded: Chartered Psychologist (BPS)
DCPsych: Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Assessment & Psychological Testing
Practitioner Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
My research explored how clients experienced their brief-term therapy and the therapeutic relationship with trainee integrative therapists. I have presented this work at research and practitioner conferences and am a published researcher.
I am on the online BPS Directory of Chartered Psychologists, registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I adhere to their principlies and ethics and confidentiality, within strict guidelines, is guaranteed.
Additionally I have regular consultation to ensure high quality professional practice. This is standard practice within this profession.
I am also committed to Continuting Professional Development (CPD) which means updating my skills & knowledge by attending regular workshops, training & conferences.
My private practice is in Chiswick and I welcome people of different nationalities, social-cultural or religious backgrounds and with different occupations and professions. (English speakers only)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school survivors
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
My fees are £55 for a 50 minute session during the day.
Evenings: From 5pm my fees are £60.
If you think that therapy may be for you please get in touch and we can have a chat either by phone or email - I will do my best to make this as easy as possible for you because I know that taking the first step can be difficult - and, of course, there is no obligation to proceed further if you don't want to.
If you would like to take this a step further we can book a session for an initial visit and assessment; and then, at the end of this assessment session, we can either agree that one session is sufficient or arrange for a series of weekly sessions.
If we agree to weekly sessions we will fix a day and time slot that will be yours for however long you wish to have therapy.
As I don't have a waiting room, it would be best if you could arrive on time your session; if you arrive early I may be unable to open my door to you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day and evenings appointments Would prefer contact by email
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|