Dr Shima Espahbodi PhD, MSc, MBACP
Welcome and hello, my name is Shima. I provide integrative psychotherapy and have over 15 years clinical experience working in the NHS, research and charity sectors combined. I have a compassionate nature and care deeply about helping people to heal from emotional/psychological pain and suffering.
Psychotherapy is a type of ‘talking therapy’ ~ by working together we will be able to explore experiences, emotions, and thoughts that may be causing you difficulties/distress today. These may be related to the past, present, and/or concerns about the future.
By talking problems through in a safe and confidential space, where we will be able to develop a therapeutic relationship, I will be able to facilitate your gaining insight, perspective and understanding. With this will come shifts in ones mental, emotional and physical energy, relief of distress and a renewed sense of wellbeing.
Ultimately the work of therapy is to initiate the healing process of the self ~ the word ‘psychotherapy’ derives from ancient Greek where psyche=breath; soul; spirit and therapia=healing.
I am influenced by the work of Freud, Jung, Rogers, Laing, Buddhism, and Rumi amongst others.
“ I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Jung
“ The wound is the place where the Light enters you “ Rumi
Training, qualifications & experience
PhD: Imperial College London ~ Chronic Back Pain and Psychosocial factors
MSc: Imperial College London ~ Medical Science
Diploma (CPCAB) accredited ~ Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate (CPPE) ~ Foundations in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate (PODS) ~ Living and Working with Dissociation
Certificate (SRF) ~ Why do people self harm?
Certificate (SRF) ~ Domestic Violence: The impact on attachment relationships in families.
I have and continue to work with people who have experienced severe childhood trauma including sexual, physical and psychological abuse and neglect. The manifestation of such trauma may include self harm, suicidal ideation, mood swings, addictive behaviours, incarceration, isolation and many other experiences that can cause distress and suffering.
I come from a clinical science background having worked in the NHS (London and Oxford's major teaching hospitals) with patients experiencing chronic pain, disability, depression, anxiety, and other associated psychological factors which can significantly reduce a person's quality life.
I work creatively and may depending on individual needs incorporate art and music into our therapeutic work together.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of ethical practice. As such my name is on the BACP Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists .
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
* Waged clients £50 - £60 per session
* Students £37.50 per session
* Unwaged clients negotiable depending on affordability and availability
For a limited number of clients in exceptional need I may be able to offer reduced fees. There may be a waiting list.
Each session = 50 minutes
I also provides psychotherapy services in Harley Street at the:
Psychiatric & Psychological Consultant Services
14 Devonshire Place
Fees per session £120
Each session = 50 minutes
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|