Cristina Vergara Lopez
People seek psychotherapy because they might be worried about something: they might feel upset, distressed, feeling that something has gone wrong in their life, feeling stuck or have lost meaning in life. They look for someone to share their problems with, and talking to a psychotherapist can be helpful; someone who is trained to listen, to think in a sensitive way and to help finding other ways to deal with those problems.
I offer a safe environment, a confidential and secure space that will enable us to build a therapeutic relationship through regular meetings. This brings the opportunity to talk through issues and concerns openly, identifying difficulties that stop you from living your life to its full potential, beginning to explore the roots of the problems and gaining a new perspective in life.
I have been working in the field of mental health for over 14 years, and have worked with a wide range of client groups from a diverse set of backgrounds. My practice is confidential, non judgemental and respectful of ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, politics, culture or nationality. All my client work is supervised by an accredited supervisor. I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and I adhere to the Ethical Code of AGIP and UKCP.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with 5 years of post-qualification experience in providing professional psychotherapy services. I am a UKCP-accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice, conducting long-term and time-limited individual psychotherapy sessions for people experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties.
I have been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years, and have worked with a wide range of client groups from a diverse set of backgrounds. Before setting up my private practice, I worked as a therapist and manager for a non-profitable organisation that runs therapeutic communities and psychotherapy for people experiencing complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, substance dependency, psychosis and personality disorder.
I have worked as a consultant facilitating weekly staff support groups to help staff understand the unconscious processes involved in clinical work when working with challenging clients, and understand organisational and/or team dynamics.
I also have taught courses for a postgraduate training in group psychotherapy accredited by Middlesex University. I have conducted staff groups, group supervision and training days for multi-professional teams, and has run workshops on therapeutic communities organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement.
I have experience in working with stress, anxiety, depression, psychosomatic symptoms, panic attacks, feelings of low self-esteem, physical and emotional abuse, bereavement, trauma, addictive patterns, relationship problems, eating disorders, and those who are struggling with a lack of purpose and meaning in their lives.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
staff support groups
Fees will normally be discussed and negotiated during the initial consultation according to the individual's financial circumstances. As a guidance, these may be within the range of £60-£80. Concessions may apply for people on benefits or with low income. The initial consultation cost is £65.
Concessions offered for
I also offer psychotherapy sessions in Spanish.