Dr Nikos Tsigaras Chartered Counselling Psychologist & Couple Therapist
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My name is Dr Nikos Tsigaras and I am an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist offering counselling and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Kensington. I endeavour to provide an ethical and confidential service based on cutting edge psychological research and tailored to your individual needs. I am originally from Greece (and can offer therapy in Greek, as well as English) and completed all my studies in the UK over a period of 8 years. I am also DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked which is necessary to work with children and adolescents.
I have been working in the NHS for a number of years with the full spectrum of needs in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings with both outpatients and inpatients, individuals, groups, and families.
I am particularly interested in diversity and welcome individuals, couples, and families regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic origin, or spiritual beliefs. I particulalry welcome mothers suffering from post-natal depression.
There are a number of reasons why people may seek a psychological therapy and the different sections of this website provide information on a range of psychological services.
A major challenge in today's society is work related stress and worries about performance and job security. Individuals may also be bothered by a range of distressing thoughts and feelings around self-esteem or experience difficulties in forming and maintaining close relationships. Some people may be interested in personal development and increased self-understanding.
Parents may have significant difficulties managing a child, or feel very anxious about whether they are doing the right thing. Often such problems create further tension within the couple or place additional burdens to an already exhausted single parent.
Expectant mothers may be struggling with aspects of their pregancy and even dread the times ahead, perhaps because of experiences with previous children.
Couples often present to therapy because they feel that their relationship has reached a crisis point. There may have been an affair or affairs, difficulty conceiving, sexual problems, frequent arguments, or feelings of stagnation and hopelesness.
Choosing a psychological therapy can be a daunting task, especially so when highly distressed and in need of urgent help. As a counselling psychologist I am trained to evaluate and use different therapeutic models and can therefore offer the most appropriate service to each client or clients. Arranging an initial consultation with me is an opportunity to think together about this and to help you decide the most appropriate way forward.
In addition to my doctoral training, I hold a Masters in occupational psychology which informs me of the effect of work, or lack of it, on well-being. I also hold a Masters in the theory of psychoanalysis which assists me in understanding how early experience and an individual's life history can illuminate the problems he or she is facing in the present.
My interests include:
Increasing well-being at work and in family life
States of anxiety and depression that arise in response to working in very demanding professional environments
Problems in forming and maintaining relationships
Concerns around gender identity, sexuality, and sexual practices
Eating disorders and body image difficulties
Psychosis and unusual experiences
Some other problems I can help with:
Anxiety and depression
Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Childhood sexual abuse and current sexual, domestic, or other abuse
Alcohol or drug misuse
Chronic health conditions
Loss of interest, meaning, or direction, chronic feelings of emptiness, boredom or agitation
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered as a counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the organisation that regulates psychology in the UK. I am also chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is the gold standard of practice for British psychologists. I abide by the code of ethics and standards of practice of both organisations. You can locate my registration details by clicking on the above links.
I am originally from Greece (and can offer therapy in Greek, as well as English) and completed 8 years of psychology training in in the UK.I have been working in the NHS for a number of years with the full spectrum of needs in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings with both outpatients and inpatients, individuals, groups, and families. In addition to my doctoral training, I hold a number of post graduate qualifications including a masters in the theory of psychoanalysis, and a masters in occupational psychology which assists me in understaning the impact of work, or lack of it, on a person's well-being.
Counselling psychology is one of the applied clinical branches of psychology that draws on evidence gathered from research and practice to explore what it means to be a person and to understand how well-being can be achieved and psychological distress alleviated. Counselling psychologists are trained to use and evaluate different therapeutic models and are commited to working with each person’s specific needs. I have been trained in cognitive behavioural (CBT), psychodynamic, and humanistic therapeutic models. You can find out more about Counselling Psychology here.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couple therapy, family therapy, stress, eating disorders, gender issues, sexuality, sexual problems, body image problems, post-natal depression, relationships, panic, OCD, anxiety.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
Sessions for self-funding clients are charged as follows:
Initial consultation for individuals: £150 for 90 minutes
Initial consultation for couples and families: £180 for 90 minutes
Follow-up counselling sessions:
Individuals: £100 for 50 minutes
Couples: £120 for 50 minutes
Families: £120 for 50 minutes
Payment is made at the end of each session by cash, cheque, or card. I am registered with a number of insurance companies such as Aviva, Axa PPP, and WPA. If you are registered with Axa you will likely need to have a meeting with a psychiatrist who can approve your request for therapy before accessing my service. If in doubt do not hesitate to call me on 07805945233.
I usually see clients once/week with more frequent meetings available depending on individual need. I can also offer Skype therapy in certain circumstances.
What is a Doctor of Psychology?
Please bear in mind that "counsellor", "therapist", and "psychotherapist" are not legally protected titles in this country and anyone can use them. A psychologist is a specialist in mental health and well-being that has trained at the highest level by completing a doctoral degree. It takes a minimum of 6-8 years to qualify as a Doctor of Psychology. "Counselling Psychologist" is a protected title, regulated by the Health and Care professions Council. You can check my registration details here.
Who comes to therapy?
People come to therapy because they are unhappy with some aspect of their life and their attempts to resolve problems so far have not been successful. The different sections of the website and blog provide detailed information on individual, couple, and family therapy.
Does therapy work?
There is extensive research evidence about the effectiveness of therapy for a wide variety of difficulties.
How do I go about arranging an initial consultation?
Please ring 07805945233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set a date and time that suits you.
Can I use my insurance policy?
Yes, I am registered with Aviva, Axa PPP, Cigna, Pruhealth, SimplyHealth, and WPA. You may often need to have a meeting with a GP or psychiatrist who can approve your request for therapy before accessing my service. If in doubt do not hesitate to call me on 07805945233.
What can I expect during the initial consultation
This is an opportunity to discuss what you need help with. I know that meeting for the first time can be anxiety provoking and I am experiened with helping people manage these feelings. A consultation may result in a recommendation for therapy, a further meeting to gain more clarity on the situation, or a referral to another professional.
I am nor really sure if I should be looking at individual, couple, or family therapy.
We can usually speak briefly on the phone before arranging a consultation. You can also attend an initial consultation on your own and we can then consider inviting other members of the family. We will think about this together.
What if I come to see you and I don't think that your services are appropriate for me?
My priority is what is in your best interests. I will assist you in finding a therapist/service provider that can meet your needs.
What happens if we agree to work together?
We discuss your goals for therapy and how we will approach these. We set a time and day each week which is reserved for your use.
Do I need to come every week?
I understand that people have multiple commitments in their lives. I want to make every possible effort to accomodate these. However, I am also aware that for therapy to be effective this frequency is necessary. Coming less frequently does not provide the momentum necessary, slows down progress, and extends the time that you need to attend.
How long will it take?
One of the advantages of accessing private therapy is that duration is based solely on your needs and not dictated by external factors such as organisational restrictions. The aim of therapy is to transfer knowledge and skills and eventually to make the therapist redundant. In order to achieve this, time needs to be invested in order to secure long lasting change.
Will you tell me what to do or give me advice?
The aim of therapy is to help you make more sense of your thoughts and feelings, and how you relate to yourself and other people. A therapist is an expert in helping people and you are an expert in yourself. You will be working as a team in order to gain an in-depth understanding of your problems and to effect lasting change.
Isn't therapy expensive?
Therapy is very cost-effective. In my experience people can spend signficicant amounts of money on holidays, clothes, gadgets, and other things that only give short-term relief. Therapy is an investment. It is, in a sense, an educational activity that confers emotional skills that can last a lifetime. People also find that when they gain more clarity about their situations they tend to make better financial decisions that can offset the intial cost of therapy.
Are sessions confidential?
Most definately. The only instances where I would extend the limits of confidentiality is if I became seriously concerned about harm coming to you or others around you, if you were involved in serious crime, or if your records were requested by a court. In these cases I would endeavour to first talk with you. I also receive regular supervision to ensure a high standard of professional practice and clients are presented anonymously. Supervisors are also bound by codes of confidentiality and ethical practice of their professional organisations.
I fully comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
What if there is a serious emergency between sessions?
I will always plan with you what to do to keep yourself safe and can refer you to psychiatry colleagues for additional support during your therapy. As I do not operate a crisis service, and cannot guarantee my availabilty outside your session times, if you are in need of urgent support you can visit your GP, local accident and emergency department, or telephone the Samaritans (08457909090).
What if something bothers me during therapy?
It is not uncommon for people to sometimes struggle with difficult thoughts and feelings in therapy and this is usually a good sign that important work is taking place. I encourage you to give me regular feedback about anything that concerns you. If at any point you wish to raise a complaint you can do so through the Health and Care Professions Council.
I have a question that is not listed here.
Arranging an initial consultation is a good opportunity to bring such questions up and does not commit you to starting therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm Saturday 9am to 11am
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|