Agnes Paraskeva - Agnes P Counselling, DipHE, MBACP
***During the pandemic I have been working a great deal with clients over Zoom and other encrypted video services, as well as by phone, making me accessible wherever my clients are located***
Based in London, I run my private practice as well as working with organisations, both remotely and in person, working with adults of all ages and young people.
I also work with children in school settings, having started out with my invaluable placement and training with Place2Be.
I have a diverse exposure to ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and embrace differences in people.
I am a Person Centred therapist, taking the client’s lead and working with what each individual brings to the room. As each client’s needs vary, so does the therapy provided.
My experience covers:
- Abusive relationships
- Career coaching within current role or transitioning to a new challenge.
- Carer support
- Childhood trauma
- General dissatisfaction with life and a need for change/growth/empowerment.
- Suicidal ideation
- Working with victims of violence; impact on them (and their children), resulting in sensitive communication with social services when beneficial for and agreed by clients.
I work both short term and long term with clients depending on their reason for entering counselling and employ a range of creative, as well as practical approaches, driven by the nature of the work we are doing together.
Some clients seek short term counselling/coaching/mentoring to reach a specific goal, whilst others journey into long term counselling, to explore and better understand themselves, difficult life events, and their environment. My role as a counsellor is to offer a non-judgemental and safe space to facilitate growth and empowerment of the client’s natural and authentic self.
Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, outside of our immediate circle, who will listen without judgement. There are so many reasons people seek counselling; whether dealing with a current challenge, loss, relationship/family breakdown, abuse, anxiety, depression, feeling sad, low self-esteem/low self-confidence, panic attacks, phobias, work stress and general discontent, or needing to go back to past events that may not have been dealt with. The reasons are endless and for each person they may change over time.
Whether we are aware of it or not, most of us are conditioned from a young age and grow up with beliefs and ideas that may not sit comfortably with us, but we carry them with us because we have been handed them and don’t quite know how to free ourselves of them. How do you deal with past and/or present experiences that leave you feeling uncomfortable, shamed, inadequate and so much more? We often block out what we can as a protective mechanism but ‘running away’ from the experience or the problem does not mean we can run away from ourselves, the repercussions and how they have shaped us in life. This is deep and hard work, which takes commitment but is also a means of moving forward if you are ready to.
Training, qualifications & experience
My BA Hons in Classical Civilization (King's College London) has formed a solid foundation for my work; informing of the earliest documentations of civilization, through ancient literature, art, architecture, politics and philosophies, which all revolve around human interaction, collaboration, expression and feeling, as well as societal and personal expectations.
Studying Cultural and Creative Industries (King's College London) for my MA, provided me with great insights and practical experience working in creative business, as well as writing papers on prominent and influential artists, which was incredibly interesting to me from a psychological and therapeutic perspective.
After a long career in the corporate world, I felt the time was right, to make the change I had been wanting to make for many years. My life and work experiences, as well as my overriding interest in people's welfare and mental health, led me to study and train for four years for my DipHE in Therapeutic Counselling. During this period and beyond, I have trained with further continued professional development, to add to and compliment my existing skillset and knowledge, offering my clients the best that I can for their individual needs.
I have also trained in understanding and using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Psychology, Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, as well as Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People, which provides an integrative approach to my practice.
When all the training is stripped back, I offer myself as a person who cares and believes in the positive growth of others, joining them on their journey, without judgement or conditions.
I am a member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As well as offering counselling for adults and young people, I also specialise in corporate counselling and coaching, both in private practice and via organisations.
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
£60.00 for one to one private counselling session.
£70.00 for couples counselling.
I also offer one to one combined counselling and coaching sessions for private clients, groups as well as corporate packages.
Fees vary according to the package and are available upon request.
Concessions offered for
During my career I have worked in the following industries:
Recruitment (local government and IT), Financial Industry (stock broking house and a global financial markets data and news provider), Broadcast, Advertising Sales, Marketing and HR.
My background in the corporate world has given me a first-hand understanding of the challenges and stresses that corporate clients experience. Studying and training as a therapist has provided me with a foundation and skill set to facilitate my clients to work on their challenges, fears and limiting beliefs, providing them the space to explore and grow at their own pace, without judgement.
Working with corporate sector clients often focuses on meeting professional goals, dealing with the cause of anxiety, private issues that impact their work life and sometimes it is both work and home life. It is often the case that where one area of life is proving to be difficult it will undoubtedly impact the other.