Imi Lo: Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Supervisor (MMH,UKCP,HCPC,MBPsS)

Imi Lo: Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Supervisor (MMH,UKCP,HCPC,MBPsS)

London
SW19

07507 270045 / 07507 270045

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London
SW19

07507 270045 / 07507 270045

About me

Hi! I am Imi, a registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and Supervisor. I am also a Certified Schema Therapist, Mentalisation-based Therapy Advance Practitioner, a fully-trained EMDR therapist, a mindfulness teacher (MBSR, MBCT), mental health social worker and a holistic yoga teacher.  Combining my life long passion with clinical experience, I founded Eggshell Therapy in London.

I have dedicated my entire professional life to working with emotionally sensitive and intense people on the following issues:

  • Extreme and unpredictable mood swings
  • Sensitivity to criticism and rejection, over-reacting to certain situations
  • Being drawn to the same type of partner/ relationship over and over, even when your emotional needs are not met
  • Being isolated and feeling alienated by others
  • Getting stuck in patterns of impulsive and self- sabotaging behaviours
  • Struggling to say no, feeling guilty even when you have done nothing wrong
  • Feeling numb and empty for most of the time, except when the emotions 'explode'
  • Chronic anxiety and restlessness
  • Existential Anxiety and Suicidal thoughts
  • Creativity blockages

In other words, I specialise in working with issues related to the experience of feeling and living intensely, especially the pain of being told – spoken and unspoken – that you are ‘too much’—‘too intense’, ‘too sensitive’, ‘too emotional’.

My work is grounded in theories and research in the areas of ‘highly sensitive people’ (HSP), sensory processing sensitivity, ‘over-excitabilities’ in gifted individuals, emotional intelligence and emotion regulation.

My aspiration to work with emotional intensity first emerged in 2006, when I witnessed people who are unable to manage their emotions being misunderstood, marginalised or described as having ‘personality defects’. Hearing pejorative labels such as ‘manipulative’ or ‘attention seeking’, and seeing people who do not fit neatly into diagnostic criteria slip through the cracks of the mental health system frustrate me. I believe that these problems can and should be overcome.

Having worked with many gifted and emotionally intense individuals, conducted research and written about this topic, I have now accumulated a body of knowledge, and ways of working that can most effectively benefit emotionally intense people and those around them.

More about me:

I am an award- winning mental health professional, with more than ten years of experience working with Emotionally Unstable (Borderline) Personality Disorder, LGBT population, highly sensitive and gifted people.

After gaining the Master in Mental Health from the School of Medicine in Australia, I was determined to broaden my knowledge and skills through exploring various therapeutic avenues.  I am trained in evidence-based methods including Mentalisation- based Treatment (MBT), Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma, Art Psychotherapy, Mindfulness- based therapies (MBSR, MBCT), and Hypno-psychotherapy. Instead of taking suggestions straight from these models, I weed out the jargons and or overly complicated elements, to include only what I know to be effective and resonate best with you. After all, underneath all the theories and techniques, I still believe it is our relationship and the genuine feelings I have for you that makes therapy work. I cannot hide behind theories and you will know it if I do.

Leaving my job in the NHS specialist team has allowed me to work in a holistic, creative and authentic way. I decided to devote all my passion and resources to Eggshell Therapy- a practice that is dedicated to working with emotionally intense people. Since its opening, I have been able to help people from all around the world. Every day, I am grateful every day that I get to sit alongside many creative and intelligent individuals, fulfilling my mission to liberate them from the bind of negative patterns, and to live full and authentic lives.


I value clarity and openness, and I am a great believer in sharing knowledge with you, as well as actively engaging with your existential and day-to-day questions.

I look forward to being with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (Ongoing)
  • Master in Mental Health (School of Medicine, University of Queensland)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (MBPsS, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership)
  • Certificate in Psychotherapy Clinical Supervision
  • Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • BSc. in Social Work (Hons)

Psychotherapy Qualifications

  • Certified Schema Therapist for Personality Disorders
    • Certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy
  • Mentalisation-based Therapy Practitioner (Advanced) for Borderline Personality 
    • Anna Freud Centre, University College London (UCL)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma
    • Fully trained by accredited trainings approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E)
  • Mentalisation-based Art Therapy
    • British Association for Art Therapists
  • Contemporary Hypno-psychotherapy- Beeleaf Institute
  • Neuro- linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner


Teaching and Speaking

I have delivered lectures and workshops for trainee therapists seeking accreditation as a faculty member of the Beeleaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, an accrediting authority of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Some of the topics I have covered include Human Development, Psychopathology, Attachment theories, Personality Disorders and Suicide crisis management I also supervise therapists in training as a clinical supervisor and mentor. With students’ consent, the following are testimonials for the workshops I have delivered:

Imi has an incredible wealth of knowledge and talent in her subject areas, and she shared it with us in a totally accessible way that felt inclusive & respectful at all times. Her humility compassion & warmth blended with her expertise and professionalism throughout. It was a thoroughly enjoyable & informative learning experience...

    — Lesley C.,  Lead family support worker at London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Insightful, brilliantly delivered, flowing with compassion and understanding, giving us time to digest this complex area of therapy. Thank you so much Imi.

    —  Ed Luttrll, Director & Principal Coach at BlueTouchPaper Consulting

Imi has an incredible wealth of knowledge and talent in her subject areas and she shared it with us in a totally accessible way that felt inclusive & respectful at all times. Her humility compassion & warmth blended with her expertise and professionalism throughout. It was a thoroughly enjoyable & informative learning experience...

   — Lesley C.,  Lead family support worker at London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Insightful, brilliantly delivered, flowing with compassion and understanding, giving us time to digest this complex area of therapy. Thank you so much Imi.

   —  Ed Luttrll, Director & Principal Coach at BlueTouchPaper Consulting


Media Mentions

- The Telegraph article: BorderlinePersonality Disorder: 'I couldn't deal with the rollercoaster in my head', Feb 2015

- Marie Claire feature article 'How to Toughen Up', Issue March 2016*

- Refinery29 article, How Do You Know Which Therapy Is Best For You?, Jan 2017

- Feature interview by The Debrief Magazine, on The realities of dating when you are struggling with your mental health, May 2016

- Happiful magazine, on Emptiness and Borderline Personality Disorder, April 2017

- Foreword for the Art for Mindfulness Colouring book series.
- Interview, MX Brisbane, on 23rd November, 2010
- Press Release/ Interview, City Brisbane, on 25November, 2010
- Radio Interview, 4 ZZZ Radio Interview on 12 June 2011


Experience

  • Psychotherapist – Personality Disorder Specialist Team, NHS
  • Trainer and Module Leader - Beeleaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Non-Executive Director- Emergence Plus
  • Clinical Practitioner, Care Coordinator- Personality Disorder Community Team, NHS
  • Founder of Eggshell Collective, London BPD Sharing Group
  • Suicide Counsellor – Samaritans Suicide Crisis Intervention Centre, HK
  • Honorary Psychotherapist- London Friend, UK
  • Wellbeing Centre Officer– Mind, Richmond Royal Hospital, UK
  • Mental Health Mentor- Randstad Student Support, UK
  • Eating Disorder Inpatient Ward – NHS
  • Art Therapist- Tennyson Special School, Australia
  • Counselling Practitioner- Centacare Family Services, Australia
  • Taipei Psychiatric Hospital Drug & Alcohol Unit, Taiwan

Professional and Academic Award

  • Endeavour Award (International), 2010 – Australian Government
  • Dean’s Commendation for High Achievements in Master of Mental Health, 2011
  • Dean’s List Recipient 2009, School of Social Work
  • Social Work Departmental Prize and Class Scholarship
  • HSBC Social Science Scholarship, 2008, 2009

Other Professional Training

  • Psychosynthesis (A Psyho-spiritual model to therapy) Foundation
  • Working successfully with Addictions
  • Hypno-psychotherapy in Practice
  • Trans(gender) Awareness Training
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • A Critical Analysis of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Working with children and families with mental illnesses
  • Certificate of Enneagram Trainer
  • Enneagram and Counselling – Qualified Trainer
  • Qualified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)

   

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP
HCPC

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am passionate about dispelling destructive myths and stigma about borderline personality disorder (BPD), and provide evidence-based treatment for related issues such as fear of abandonment, moods swings, anger outbursts, impulsive and compulsive actions, chronic anxiety, suicidal thoughts and urges to self-harm.

My goal is to create deep and lasting shifts that dispel your difficulties at their roots. On top of a mere intellectualshift (which is where many traditional forms of therapy, such as short-term CBT, stops) , we aim for changes on a visceral and emotional level.Because true healing and come from lasting changes on physical, emotional and behavioural levels, the work should be integrative and holistic in nature. Instead of having a fixed, rigid modal, it is important to find out the unique way of working that best resonate with you.

Photos & videos

  • Why I do what I do
  • The Therapy Room and Sandplay Collection
  • The library and waiting room
  • Charlotte's Story
  • Is your past holding you back from true intimacy?
  • Message to the sensitive, intense and gifted
  • The Gifted Women and Impostor Syndrome- Interview
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  • The Entrance
  • Our garden room
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  • Eggshell Therapy
  • Eggshell Therapy
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  • Certified Schema Therapist
  • Mentalisation-based Therapy (Advanced Training)
  • Master in Mental Health Award

Fees

GBP 110 per session.

Published articles

Further information

Eggshell Therapy has a permanent base in Southwest London. It is within 10-minute walk from Colliers Wood tube station. For more please visit: eggshelltherapy.com

Maps & Directions

London, SW19

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday to Friday

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults

Supervision & training

Supervision available

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