Bola Shonubi MSc (Psych) MBACP Accredited Psychotherapist
I am a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Becoming a counsellor was something that I had a great interest in from a very, very early age. I wanted to listen to people, help them understand themselves and ultimately give hope.
I work predominantly within the psychodynamic model of psychotherapy. This type of therapy focuses on revealing the unconscious content of an individual's psyche to help relieve or understand where psychic tension originates or is coming from. To bring the unconscious mind into consciousness, this helps individuals to understand their deep rooted feelings. This helps to try and resolve the problems and issues that they are experiencing.
Our psyche can bury into our unconscious painful feelings and memories which are to difficult for the conscious mind to process. As a result of the burying of these painful memories and experiences individuals can sometimes behave in ways which they do not understand. Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps to understand these behaviours and make significant changes in these behaviours.
Individuals who are genuinely interested in exploring themselves and are looking for self knowledge as to why they behave the way they do,as well as symptom relief will benefit most from this type of therapy.
This type of therapy will also be of benefit to individuals who seem to “have it all” but still feel “empty” or troubled inside.
I have provided psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced deep trauma from incidents which have been documented in the media and National News Outlets. My experience is extensive and I intend to help you with the difficulties or issues that you are experiencing.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since 1998 I have completed various training courses in Counselling, culminating in qualifying with a Master of Science degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck College, University of London.
I began my clinical work, pre and post qualification at the Complex Care Clinic of St Ann's Hospital part of the Haringey, Enfield and Barnet NHS Trust in London. I provided psychodynamic therapy for individuals that had very complex psychological/emotional/mental health problems such as borderline personality disorder, paranoid schizoid disorders, depression, anxiety and many more. Most of the therapy that I provided was long term, face to face. I do provide online therapy by Skype when it is very difficult to attend in person face to face sessions.
I provide psychotherapy from my private practice at Lily House, before then I provided treatment at the The Rectory Lane Psychotherapy Clinic at North Essex Partnership, NHS Foundation Trust for individuals who suffered with complex longstanding psychological and emotional issues.
I have also provided and still provide short term face to face counselling to individuals who as a result of traumatic life events in adulthood, have felt they have been unable to cope with or make sense of life anymore. Traumatic life events such as a death in the family, divorce, redundancy, domestic violence and other tragic life events.
I worked as a counsellor at the Enfield Women's Centre providing counselling to women that had experienced domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, rape, depression, anxiety, low self esteem and a general inability to cope with life.
I have also worked with women who have undergone abortions or termination of pregnancies and are having difficulty with the decision they made or the decision they were pressured into.
Summary of Qualifications
Master of Science (Psychotherapy and Counselling)
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Higher Certificate In Counselling
Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy
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 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
If during this time of self isolation, quarantine and lock-down you are having difficulty coping. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless or fearful, you are not alone even if you are by yourself . Please contact me, I am here to help, I am providing remote sessions by Skype, Zoom and telephone during this challenging time.
Online/Remote Individual Sessions £75.00 for 50 minutes.
Online/Remote Couples Sessions £85.00 for 50 minutes.
Individual Assessment session at Lily House £75.00 for 60 minutes
Individual Therapy sessions at Lilyhouse £75.00 for 50 minute session.
Individual Assessment session at Leadenhall £85.00 for 60 minutes.
Individual Therapy Sessions at Leadenhall £85.00 for 50 minutes.
Couples Assessment Session at Leadenhall £95.00.
Couples Therapy Session at Leadenhall £95.00.
Corporate Fee for Individual Assessment Session for 60 minutes £150.00.
Corporate Fee for Individual therapy for 50 minutes £150.00.
The assessment session is not a therapy session, it is the consultation session where I will find out about you, your experiences from early childhood to adulthood, your family setup, your work (if you do work) and what brings you to seek therapy. By doing this I will try to identify or understand the psychological or personal issues and problems that you are experiencing.
Towards the end of the assessment session we will decide if you will start weekly therapy with me as your therapist under the psychodynamic model. Or if you feel that you are not yet ready for therapy or the psychodynamic model is not tor you.
Therapy sessions are client led, unlike the assessment session where I ask questions and am given answers by you. In the therapy session whatever you as the client brings to the therapy session is what will be explored. Sessions take place at least once a week at the same time and on the same day of the week.
I am registered with Private Health Insurers:- AXA PPP and Vitality Health.
I adhere to the BACP ethical framework in my practice.