Dr Asuka Yamashina CPsychol BPS, Reg. HCPC & MBACP
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), British Psychological Society (BPS) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer short-term and long-term psychotherapy to individuals and couples in English and Japanese.
I am committed to helping clients explore the issues that emerge, with care, respect and confidentiality, in a co-creative and collaborative way. I aim to help my clients find and connect to all parts of themselves - their mind, body, heart, gut, energy, dreams and soul, and thereby finding a sense of full aliveness and a harmonious presence with the outside world.
In the therapy session, as you describe your concerns I will try to clarify the issue further with you, and to find out whether and how any event and influence in your past has contributed to your particular vulnerability in the present. We will re-examine together your coping mechanisms that have become costly to your wellbeing. As well as gaining understanding about reasons, needs and subconscious beliefs that underlie your problems, I will support you in developing resources for self-care and in integrating positive qualities and goals you would like to achieve.
Issues I have worked on with clients include:
- depression and anxiety
- relational and familial difficulties
- trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, PTSD
- anger, shame, lack of self-confidence and assertiveness
- dealing with physical and psychiatric illness
- addictive behaviours
- eating disorders, body image
- sexuality and sexual relations
- cultural differences and multi-cultural identity
- work-related stress
- existential or spiritual crisis, life transitions
- end of life issues
I will support you to find and give each other space to discuss your perspectives on the challenges you are facing, and work towards a shared solution that both of you can commit to.
Issues I help with include:
- Emotional distance and lack of communication
- Problematic feelings such as anger, contempt and distrust
- Lack of commitment, affairs
- Separation and divorce
- Abuse and violence
- Problems with sexual intimacy
- Adjusting to life transitions e.g. becoming parents, career change, redundancy, moving countries
- Conflict over share of responsibility e.g. financial, domestic, parenting
- Disagreement over parenting style or whether to have (more) children
- Adjustment to a new relationship
- Problems with step-parenting
- Problems with an original or extended family
- Recovering from loss, bereavement or other trauma
- Managing chronic or terminal illness
I trained integratively in many theoretical approaches, and I choose and tailor my approach from these modalities to suit each client’s particular needs. I mostly draw upon psychodynamic, Jungian, existential-humanistic, body psychotherapy and energy psychotherapy approaches. I also incorporate working with dreams and archetypal figures, visualisation, energy and mindfulness based body-mind practices, using artwork, poetry and movement as appropriate.
For those who are interested in CBT, I would instead offer Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), an energy psychotherapy modality developed by a Jungian psychoanalyst. AIT not only modifies problematic thinking and behavioural patterns as in CBT, but works directly and structurally on gently removing the negative impact of previous and current traumas held at energy and body levels.
In the initial consultation I will ask you about issues you would like to explore in the therapy. I will explain the therapy process and my approach, and will answer any questions and concerns you may have. If we decide to work together we will agree on the time for a weekly session thereafter. I welcome your feedback at any stage of the therapy, and we will periodically review what has been achieved and if and what support is needed further.
Please get in touch if you are interested in setting up an initial consultation or if you have any other queries.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy)
BA (Hons) in Psychology and Philosophy
Energy psychotherapy methods such as Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), Dynamic Energetic Healing (DEH) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
I am committed to regular continuing professional development to keep me up to date with current practice.
Since 2006, I have offered psychotherapy and counselling to a wide variety of clients, in NHS Primary Care, low-cost mental health charities such as Mind, a university counselling service, a secondary school, and in my private practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70 for 60 minutes per session.
£100 for 60 minutes per session.
I also offer a limited number of reduced-fee spaces for those on lower incomes and students. Please enquire if you are interested.
My practice is located few minutes walk from Old Street underground station and is near the Moorfields Eye Hospital. It is within walking distance from other stations Angel, Barbican, Moorgate, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street.
I may be able to offer online or telephone counselling for those who have difficulty in travelling.