Barbara Ocello

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Psychologist~Psychotherapist HCPC,BPC,BACP ~ PsyD, PGDip.
Limited availability
Limited availability

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London SW8 & NW1
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I am a psychologist and Jungian psychotherapist working in person and online.

The core principle in my work ethic is that each person is unique in the way They experience life. I focus on developing the person’s understanding of their inner world, whilst appreciating the reality of the external environment.

My approach to psychotherapy is Jungian, but I do not rule out other models to make sense of inner struggles. I  believe that there is no 'one formula that fits all', which is why I often integrate several evidence-based approaches to what might be best suited to you.

I have a special interest in exploring difficulties related to relationships, intimacy (including emotional intimacy) , gender, early relational trauma, body image, internalized shame, life transitions as well as struggles with  Physical health conditions causing emotional and psychological distress, and eating disorders.


What makes a “Psychologist” different? “Psychologist” is a protected title, meaning anybody using it must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Register (HCPC) and must have completed further education up to a doctoral level.  As a Counselling Psychologist, I am trained in multiple methods of evidence-based approaches. This ensures the work we do is based on up-to-date research within the field.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?: Whilst Counselling is a short-term treatment that places emphasis on a specific symptom,  psychotherapy is an in-depth approach. It lasts longer than counselling (and can feel more challenging at times), making room for long-term relief. Psychotherapy aims to gain a deeper cognizance of a person's identity and struggles.

How does the process work?

Consultation Process: Our initial meeting lasts 50 minutes. This is a chance to discuss the reasons  for seeking therapy and to see how it feels to be in the room (physical or virtual) together.  This process might take more than a session, which is why I usually offer to meet for 6 weeks before deciding whether we want to work together on a longer-term basis. During this time we will also go through practical aspects such as fees, frequency (weekly or more sessions per week), etc

Therapy:  Following the consultation process, most people go on to start therapy work. These sessions last 50 minutes and happen on a weekly, twice weekly, or multiple times per week basis.  Consistency is a key aspect of therapy and the minimum frequency is weekly. Sessions are scheduled at the same time(s) and day(s) each week. Therapy can bring up difficult thoughts and feelings, including negative ones. It is important the therapy space is regular and stable so we can process these difficulties together and help you towards positive change.

Fees: You can find my fee structure in the Fee Section

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Training, qualifications & experience

Society of Analytical Psychology - Professional training in Jungian Psychoanalysis.

As a psychologist, I trained in Italy and the UK. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner counselling  psychologist.

I have 6+ years of experience working in the NHS working both as a psychotherapist and psychologist.

I am registered with the following Councils/Associations:

  • BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council)
  • HCPC ( Health and Care Professions Councils)
  • SAP (Society of Analytical Psychology)
  • IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology)
  • BACP ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

I am a register provider with the following insurance companies:

  • AXA
  • WPF
  • Health Assured
  • Vitality Healthcare

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council
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.

British Psychoanalytic Council

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Health conditions (including genetic conditions) causing anxiety

Relationship diversity 


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£90.00 - £120.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • Aviva
  • Health Assured
  • WPA

Additional information

Initial appointment : £100


  • weekly sessions:  £100 per session
  • therapies with frequency of 2 times per week or more : We will discuss and agree upon a fee in session.
  • Concessions (subject to availability): from £ 65 per session

Key facts:

  • All sessions  are invoiced at the end of each month. 
  • Sessions last 50 minutes. We will meet at the same time and frequency every week: this space will be reserved for you as a regular appointment;
  • missed sessions and sessions cancelled by clients are payable in full 

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When I work

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Please contact me directly to have more information about current availability.

Further information

I am a registered provider with the following Health Insurance Companies:

  • AXA
  • WPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality Health

Emu Road, London, SW8 3PQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Additional languages


Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


Barbara Ocello
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