Aleksandra Litovski Counselling Psychologist BSc MSc PGDip CPsychol
About me and my philosophy
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and I have thirteen years of experience in the mental health services, including the NHS. I believe that talking to a psychologist can be the first step in self-care at a time when we feel vulnerable and unhappy. It can help us cope with life’s demands, personal sensitivities and past events.
What motivates me to do my job is witnessing people’s capacity to recover from difficulties. I treat people from all walks of life and I see them get better. Through engaging with therapy, they start to experience fewer unwanted symptoms, begin to enjoy improved relationships, feel less vulnerable and more resilient.
My approach and types of difficulties I work with
I offer a range of therapeutic approaches depending on clients’ individual needs. My main approaches are CBT (including Mindfulness based therapies), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy and MBT (mentalization based treatment).
My experience includes working with depression, anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, OCD, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, low self-esteem and confidence, relationship difficulties, perinatal mental health, bereavement and childhood sexual abuse.
A brief description of therapeutic approaches that I use:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative treatment approach for treating anxiety disorders and depression with a focus on the ‘here and now'. The goal is to alleviate symptoms through a behaviour change and an adjustment in thinking tendencies, while looking at the links between thinking, feeling, behaving and physiology in a specific context.
Schema Focused Cognitive Therapy is an integrative model that can be useful for those with a history of impoverished or abusive childhood experiences which resulted in a development of persistent and undesirable patterns of behaviour, thinking and feeling, negatively affecting their wellbeing and interpersonal relationships in the present time.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression might be the right treatment for you if you are moderately to severely depressed and you are currently coping with bereavement, a role transition (e.g. parenthood, illness, retirement, relocation, marriage or divorce), a conflict with a significant person in your life (partner, family member, friend, work colleague), or if you have recurrent depressive episodes and you experience interpersonal difficulties stemming from a personal sensitivity or vulnerability.
Perinatal psychotherapy includes specialist assessment and treatment of issues related to IVF, pregnancy difficulties, dealing with miscarriage/stillbirth/pregnancy termination, tocophobia (fear of giving birth), traumatic birth, adaptation difficulties to parenthood and the changing relationships.
Bereavement counselling is for people who were bereaved by a sudden, unexpected or untimely death (regardless of when it happened), have witnessed a traumatic death, experienced multiple losses, face their own (or care for someone with) a terminal illness.
Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) enables people to begin to think of themselves and others in terms on mental states - feelings, thoughts, intentions - as a way of managing distress and interpersonal difficulties. This approach is suitable for people who poorly manage emotional distress and experience high levels of dysfunction in their personal and work relationships.
Personal development and life coaching is grounded in Positive Psychology (Martin Seligman), and it builds on individual strengths to achieve a sense of wellbeing, achievement and personal satisfaction.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling Psychoogy
PgDip Practice of Counselling Psychology
British Psychological Society BPS - Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Health and Care Professions Council HCPC - Practitioner Psychologist
I work part time in an NHS primary care psychological therapy service for mood and anxiety disorders.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Individual therapy (face to face) is offered at SW12 and SW19 locations.
Individual therapy (Skype/telephone) is available - please enquire about suitable session times.
Supervision is available at location SW19 and via Skype and telephone.
Fees are dependent on location, type of therapy (face to face, Skype, telephone), and occasionally based on circumstances. Please contact me to inquire further.
Concessions are available to trainee psychologists / psychotherapists in SW19 practice.
I am registered with the following health insurance companies:
For availability and to book an appointment please contact me via email or on 07389166010.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments available, face to face, Skype and telephone sessions - please contact me for more information.
Types of client
Supervision & training