Dora Fotopoulou (BACP reg.)/ MA. Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Fulham/ Putney Bridge
079 1772 8980 / 020 38026978
Perhaps you feel lost and upset that things are out of your control. Perhaps you are interested in counselling for something specific such as Anxiety, Depression, self-esteem/confidence, bereavement, anger and/ or you may be looking for longer-term psychotherapy. You might find yourself withdraw from people you love and having the impression no one can understand your pain. You might be at this stage of your life that you are seeking a new identity or the previous roles/ priorities you had in your life don’t satisfy you anymore. My approach holds space for both personal history and unrecognised potential for people looking to understand their difficulties and find a deeper meaning in their life and new possibilities.
Let me introduce myself and feel free to get in touch in order to discuss further. I have been working within therapeutic counselling settings several years and have considerable training and experience in general and specialised practice including working with clients facing: Anger, Worry, Anxiety- General/ Social/ Work related stress, depression, relationship issues, challenging family dynamics, pre nuptial counselling, pregnancy and birth, infertility, abortion, miscarriage, post-natal depression, sex/pornography/internet addiction, shame, guilt, self-esteem, confidence, shyness, despair, bereavement/loss/divorce/breakup, homesickness, cross cultural relationships, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, trauma, substance abuse, violence, childhood trauma, parenting, new families and many other concerns that can have an impact on everyday life.
I am a registered member of of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP reg.) drawing from different therapeutic models when working with adults and young people in both short and long term therapy.
How I work
In my work, great importance is placed on the development of a sincere, genuine dialogue as a crucial component of the therapeutic process, as you and I together pave the way for making the changes you wish in life. Life can be challenging and overwhelming and an authentic exchange outside our circle of friends and family can enable us to overcome the despair that life may evoke to us. I see self-acceptance as a central part of self-development and growth and I aim to support people to increase their awareness and develop to their full potential.
Depending on your needs, the kind of therapy I offer can be explorative as well as practical focus to help you understand and overcome your difficulties.
Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length and are usually weekly. Couples counselling is 70 minutes and usually forthnightly.
To fit in with your busy schedule, Skype sessions are also possible.
I am bound by the Codes of Ethics and Professional Procedures of BACP and work in the strictest confidence.
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially studied Archaeology and Ancient Greek History. I worked as an archaeologist which nourished my deep understanding of the history of people and human relationships. Later on, I was extensively involved in art business and worked closely with artists, supporting and helping them find an equilibrium between their creativity and emotional turmoil. From my experience in the art world, I came to understand how complex and anxiety provoking the process of achieving can be, as well as the impact it can have on everyday living and relationships.
Training & experience
MA in Integrative Counseling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton University. Three main therapeutic traditions: humanistic/ existential, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theory.
Certificate in Couples Counselling, The Grove Practice
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills, The Grove Practice
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, Birkbeck University of London. Introduction to a range of counselling theories and practices.
Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling skills, Metanoia Institute. Introduction to Transactional analysis.
I pursue ongoing training, learning, and personal growth as part of my commitment to the challenge and enjoyment of working with the complexities of the human psyche.
For years I have been working within NHS and Institutional settings. Among them;
PutneyMead Group Medical Practice; the Awareness Centre; Richmond Wellbeing Service East London NHS Foundation Trust; South West London and Saint George's Mental Health NHS trust; the Maytree Suicidal Respite Centre; Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service, Kent & Medway NHS Trust
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
My fees are £70 for individual therapy (Up to 50 minutes, usually weekly)
My fees are £90 for couples therapy. (Up to 70 minutes usually forthnightly)
I offer also a more affordable way of accessing counselling and psychotherapy through a low cost service. If you’re on benefits,student or a low income there’s no reason why you can’t have therapy too. Please ask me about this when you first make contact.
I offer sessions in English, French and Greek language.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Greek, French|
My first session of the morning is at 7am and my last is at 9pm, Mondays to Fridays morning, working elsewhere on Friday afternoons.
Types of client