‘If I can accept what I cannot change, find the courage to change the things I can and cultivate my wisdom to know the difference, then I will find serenity’
This paraphrasing of the poem ‘Serenity Prayer’ by Dr. Neibuhr best summarises my therapeutic philosophy: Life offers us plenty of wonderful opportunities to grow and thrive, to nourish warm relationships and connections with others and to embrace meaning throughout our lifespan. However, we are all sometimes faced with pragmatic and emotional challenges, when we cannot have what our hearts are yearning for, or when we lose what we mostly love despite our best efforts, or when unexpected life predicaments come along our pathway. It is never easy to accept and overcome such painful events and realities and it always takes some time, but therapy can help you when you have a compassionate and genuine fellow traveller in your journey, who will explore with you your deeper emotions, face and process your agonies and sorrows, collaboratively identify and work through your thoughts that prevent you from moving forward and retrieve your strengths from your own unique existence.
Nevertheless, reflecting on your life, thoughts and feelings is often not enough: Thus, we will plan together an individually-tailored, creative, but realistic way forward for you. I will be asking you for open and direct feedback throughout this process, so I can best support you in every step you make, in an understanding and non-judgmental manner. You will be the ‘leader’, but I will be there for you to fight the difficulties, tweak our plan as necessary and keep going until life starts to look brighter.
My areas of expertise are especially working through life and personal identity crises and psychological trauma from an integrative psychotherapy perspective. Meanwhile, I have experience of working with very diverse client populations, ages and presenting difficulties (most typically with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem).
Practising from an integrative perspective means for me that while CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and person-centred therapy form the ground of my approach, I will often suggest and discuss with you interventions and tasks that derive from psychodynamic, existential psychotherapy and more experiential paradigms, such as Emotion-focused therapy.
Please note that I am only available only for telephone, live video conference or online sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 7 years of psychotherapeutic experience in a broad variety of settings, client populations and ages from adolescence to old age and presenting issues
- HCPC registration as a Counselling Psychologist (Reg. PYL34950)
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- Five year Professional training in psychodynamic therapy (The Hellenic Institute for Group, Family, couple and Couple therapy)
- Post-graduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology (BPS accredited) with Distinction and first class Sociology Degree
Full profile available at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-nicholas-sarantakis-b4147556/
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Dependent personality disorder
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- £60 for a 50 minutes live video conference session
- £50 for a 40 minutes telephone session
- £30 for a 30 minutes online text session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client