Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis BSc, PgDip, MA, PhD
In this period of the coronavirus pandemic, I am offering online and/or telephone counselling to help you cope with increased anxiety, uncertainty and distress.
I have purposefully reduced my regular fee (from £70 to £50) and I am wiling to offer low rates (between £15 and £30) to clients who have lost their jobs and/or experienced financial difficulties due to the current crisis. I believe that it is my ethical responsibility to make therapy affordable to anyone who needs it in this extremely physically and mentally distressing time.
I am an experienced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (20+ years) who fervently believes in the value of the therapeutic process and relationship.
Central to my therapeutic perspective is the belief that my clients need to experience their growing sense of self in a facilitating environment which promotes their psychological well-being.
For this reason, I want my clients to feel safe, valued and accepted. I also approach their problems, anxieties and fears in an empathic, concerned and genuine way that is non-judgmental.
I use the rich symbolic language of different psychoanalytic models to explore the effects that my clients' past and present traumas, losses and relational difficulties have on their psychological development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training at Goldsmiths College in 1998. I hold a BSc (Honours) in Psychology from Royal Holloway and an MA and PhD in Psychoanalysis from the University of Kent. I am currently a Senior Lecturer for the DPsych Counselling Psychology at Regents University and an Associate Lecturer for the MA in Counselling at Goldsmiths College.
I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (I served as an Acting Chair and member of the SITE Council).
Finally, I am part of a 4-year training programme in relational psychoanalysis with the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Family and Couple: £70
Lower Fees (between £15 and £30) for everyone who have lost their job or experienced financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic (negotiated individually) or for low income or unemployed clients.