Stephanie Gerra UKCP reg. MBACP
9 Coldbath Square
0207 383 5083 / 07980 563 688
I know how difficult it can be to take that initial step to contact a counsellor but most of us who do so soon discover that the process is deeply rewarding. Research backs this up, increasingly telling us how and why psychotherapy works. One of my commitments to you and to our work together is to keep up to date with the latest developments so that I can offer you the very best possible therapeutic intervention in order to help you get the results you want.
I've been running a central London private practice for over 10 years and have had very successful outcomes in treating both individuals and couples in crisis. Dealing with issues ranging from, anxiety, work stress, relationship problems, addiction, eating disorders, abuse, bereavement, and a desire for personal growth and new direction in life.
Taking your next step/getting started with therapy
If you would like to explore the possibility of working with me, please call or email to arrange an initial assessment session. We will then find a mutually convenient time to meet for a first appointment in which you will have the opportunity to tell me a bit about what brings you to therapy, and to get a feel of how we might work together. Further to this initial session, there is no obligation to continue working with me unless you decide to do so. However, if you are drawn to my page and the way I work, don't hesitate to get in touch as I would be very happy to hear from you.
I offer individuals help with the following issues:
- Anxiety and depression
- Struggles/problems in relationships
- Crises of self-esteem, confidence and identity
- Emotional, psychological and sexual abuse
- Eating disorders
- Loss of meaning and direction in life and general self-development
- Existential dilemmas
- Bereavement and grief.
I offer couples counselling with issues such as:
- Breakdown in communication
- Separation or divorce
- Sexual issues
- Relationship breakdown
- Intimacy issues
- Working towards a good ending.
How I work/my methodology
I work in an integrative, imaginative and very relational way. Most of what we will do in our sessions is talking therapy but occasionally, if it feels right, I will encourage you to draw or free-write as a way of helping your process to flow. We might, on occasion, make use of guided visualisations/meditations and I am a firm believer in creative-journal keeping as a way of enhancing the therapeutic process. Keeping notes is a great way of telling your unconscious that you are taking it seriously. It is also an unbeatable way of charting your growth and progress over time.
In the room, we will pay precise attention to what happens during our sessions and across our relationship, as what unfolds here tends to reflect what takes place outside, in daily life. Through this close observation, you will get a clear understanding of any unhelpful dynamics that keep repeating for you and will learn how to develop more effective and happier ways of being yourself and of relating to others.
“I arranged to see Stephanie because I was experiencing acute anxieties at business meetings out of proportion to the actual threats and issues around the table. As a 50 year old Chief Executive I had to address the de-stabilising impact this had on my effectiveness and well-being.
Working with Stephanie helped me expose the source of these anxieties in childhood and in particular the lasting impact of being sent away to boarding school at a very young age, suffering abuse and bullying and living with an ever-present fear of letting down my father because I was not fitting in at the school. With Stephanie’s help I was able to process these childhood experiences and manage episodes of anxiety triggered by them.
As a result I valued and still value Stephanie’s therapy very highly. She had a quick grasp of the situations I described and was very perceptive at the dynamics within me in our sessions; for example, she could tell if I was beginning to switch off as a means of evading an underlying issue I was on the brink of exploring with her. This made her challenging but also made the sessions worthwhile. She is extremely professional.
I was lucky to be introduced to Stephanie and am delighted to provide this testimonial as a result of what I have gained working with her.” - Mark (financial director)
“Stephanie showed a lot of empathy and commitment in our sessions. She left me feeling valued and that she truly cared about the work we were doing together and the issues I was facing. She created a safe space where I could openly think, feel and reflect on my life. It was an enriching and rewarding experience in terms of my own personal growth and self understanding.
I felt a genuine relationship was created with her, which became an important part of my life. I trusted her, and valued the warmth, intelligence, care and humour she brought to our sessions together. I am incredibly grateful to her.” - Julia (counsellor)
For more testimonials please view my website.
Where I work - these are my serene and comfortable practice rooms
I have had a Central London psychotherapy practice for over ten years, and more recently have opened up a second practice on the boundary between, Islington, central London and the City. Both places are very accessible and welcoming spaces dedicated to the process of healing, reflection, growth and transformation in the face of life’s on-going challenges and crises.
Terapia Consultancy is conveniently located for anyone working in, or living in, North London, Central London, Bloomsbury, the City, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, Holborn and the West End. With Kings Cross, Farringdon and Russell Square stations all within easy walking distance it can also work for people traveling in from further afield.
My Bloomsbury practice is very close to Russell Square tube station and equidistant to Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston mainline stations.
Training, qualifications & experience
- UKCP registered (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
- MBACP (Full Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- BA Hons, Dip Couns, Dip Psych
- MA Psychotherapy.
I have diplomas in psychotherapy and counselling, an MA in psychotherapy and a BA Hons in English Literature and Dramatic Arts. Since 1999 I have run a busy psychotherapy practice in central London.
I was a trainer at the Institute of Psychosynthesis for 4 years and have also taught on a psychology Course at Birkbeck College (London University) and at the Central School of Speech and Drama. As well as running my private psychotherapy practice, I offer one to one clinical supervision for psychotherapists.
I speak four languages: Italian, French, Spanish and English and am happy to draw
upon these languages with anyone for whom English is not their first language.
My background is in media and the creative arts.
"All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life." M. C. Richards
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
The fee payable for the first session (the assessment) is between £65 - 125, dependent on referral source, time of day of the appointment and whether it is for an individual or a couple. The standard fee thereafter will also be between £65 and £125 per session depending on the time of day and location for the regular appointment. Evenings, early mornings and weekend appointments are more expensive than daytime ones.
A discount may be available to psychotherapy students (who are generally charged between £50 and £60 per session).
I also always reserve a few spaces (usually these are during the day, not at peak times) for those on lower income and am happy to negotiate an affordable rate.
Payment is in cash, or by cheque in the session, or monthly in advance by bank transfer. I do not accept credit or debit cards but am happy to provide a monthly invoice/receipt for your records.
If you have medical insurance
I am a recognised provider of services to BUPA, AXA and AVIVA insured members.
While, face-to-face contact is usually best, I am able to conduct sessions via Skype and if necessary by telephone. These can be useful alternatives for when meeting in person becomes difficult due to other pressures.
Typically sessions are taken in the English language, however as I am fluent in Italian, have good conversational French and good comprehension of Spanish, I am happy to draw upon these languages where necessary or helpful.
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early mornings, daytime, evenings and weekends available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|