Daniela Szukiel - CPsychol, BPS Chartered Psychologist
16 Old Town
34-44 Tunstall Rad
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, my core training is in psychodynamic, CBT and humanistic models. I work integratively, with a special focus on experiential and somatic methods. I currently have a small private practice alongside working as a senior Psychologist on an inpatient mental health unit.
In my work I adopt a collaborative problem-solving approach: together we work to understand why the difficulty arose, what maintains it and how to most effectively move forward. Once we have a sense of what difference would make the most difference, we work to bring it to bear. I support you along the way and help you maintain motivation and resolve to keep going.
This approach is best suited to people who prefer therapy that is short- to medium-term; who have lives that are sufficiently settled to enable them to take time to practice new skills in-between sessions. The approach is appropriate both for those who perhaps feel a little cut off from themselves and wish to get to understand their feelings better and for those whose emotions feel overwhelming and need regulating.
I support people in working with their feelings through the use of somatic methods, where we focus on sensations, sounds, gestures and images to discover things from the edge of awareness and make the unconscious conscious. Clients often comment on the speed and depth of understandings they reach using experiential methods and their transformative potential. The experiential discoveries are then processed and integrated more cognitively and are used as basis for creating treatment plan to work.
I find that the combination of direct experiential work with cognitive meta-processing and integration keeps the work balanced between the need to attend to your inner world and the need to attend to external realities of your life. Both streams of work nourish and support each other, as experiential insights are applied, practised and tested in the daily life. Over time, people learn themselves how to access their feelings and how to use them as supports for navigating external realities. They become their own therapists and my role is completed.
To accommodate varying needs that people coming to therapy have, I put together a number of therapeutic packages which provide for different levels of contact and support (see Services and Prices below). The Initial Consultation gives us an opportunity to meet each other and decide which of the packages would be most suitable for your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, my core training is in psychodynamic, CBT and humanistic models. I work integratively, with a special focus on experiential and somatic methods.
In addition to my core training, I have done training in somatic psychotherapy, mentalisation, Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassion therapy, Emotion focused therapy and mindfulness. I have a strong interest in the application neuroscience to understanding how the mind works and how change can be created. This allows me to see your difficulties and solutions through different theoretical lenses and effectively tailor my approach to your needs and goals.
I have worked in the NHS for the last 11 years, prior to that I worked as a counsellor in voluntary services with young people and in the forensic setting. Before training in mental health I worked for a City law firm as a marketing manager and for a geophysical consultancy as a translator/interpreter.
- British Psychological Society Chartered Counselling Psychologist (Membership No 96128)
- Health and Care Professions Council accredited Counselling Psychologist (Membership No PYL27878)
- Member of the British Psychological Society Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors
MSc Counselling Psychology (Roehampton University, 2010), Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Counselling Psychology (Roehampton University, 2011), Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (Roehampton University, 2007), Conversion Diploma in Psychology (Open University, 2000), BSc Psychology and Business Studies (London Guildhall University, 1998).
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes (Westminster Pastoral Foundation, 1998), Diploma in the Application of Psychodynamic Theory to the Principles of Counselling (Westminster Pastoral Foundation, 2000); Foundation Certificate in Biodynamic Massage (Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre, 2003), Mentalisation Based Treatment (Anna Freud Institute, 2016); Reflective Parenting: Increasing Mentalising in the parent-child relationship (Anna Freud Institute, 2016); Multi-family mentalisation based group training (Anna Freud Institute, 2016); Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors Training (Canterbury Christ Church University, 2017); Use of Imagery in CBT (BABCP training, 2017).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
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SERVICES AND PRICES
Individual Sessions – £65 per 50-minute session
Individual session by phone/email/Skype for 30 minutes - £25
Introductory Consultation - £25 per 50-minute session
Initial 20-minute Phone Consultation - FREE
Using the above fee structure as a guide, I also offer therapeutic packages to suit your personal and financial needs:
Package 1. Crisis Intervention: best for someone who is in crisis, facing a difficult situation and needs intensive support. The package is also suitable for more severe/enduring difficulties. Offers one individual session per week plus one 30-minute online/telephone contact in-between weekly sessions for additional support. A total of six hours of contact time per month. Price: £400 pcm
Package 2. Working through with Support: weekly sessions are most suitable for people who are not in immediate crisis, who want to bring in change into their lives and who would benefit from regular emotional support for their well-being. This package is particularly suitable for those who not have time/motivation to work on themselves in-between sessions. Price: £290 pcm.
Package 3. Working through Intensive: these sessions are suitable for people who wish and whose lives are reasonably settled to afford them an opportunity to work intensively on themselves to build a momentum for change in their lives. In this package, you will be seen weekly face-to-face and you will also have online/telephone sessions to help you process and consolidate the experiential work we do in face-to-face sessions. You will also be guided and supported in activities that will build new skills and habits. Price: £400 pcm
Package 4. Working through DIY: these sessions are suitable for people who wish to bring change into their lives, need some input on how to achieve those changes, and who wish to reduce therapy costs and are motivated to work independently in-between face-to-face sessions Contact time is one hour every other week face-to-face and one 30-minute phone/online session in between, twice per month. Price: £200 pcm
Package 5. Maintenance: supportive therapy, best for those who have achieved gains in therapy and want to continue slow but steady progress. One hour fortnightly. Price: £145 pcm.
Please contact me to book an Initial Consultation (£25) that will help us understand your needs and help us decide if the packages I offer could be suitable for you.
In the course of my own life, I experienced many of the challenges, losses and set-backs as well as joys and accomplishments that are experienced by people who come to me for help. I have also received my own in-depth therapy over several years so I am able to appreciate how it feels to be a client and what is needed for a successful change.
Through both my personal life and professional practice, I learned that the sooner help is received, the better. Modern life can be complex and stressful, demanding an individual to have good psychological adaptation. If that adaptation is fragile, a person may lose their “inner compass” and respond by withdrawing from life’s demands or from their own inner life or by overcompensating, ie responding too aggressively to the perceived threat. This often leads to making decisions that are not conducive to their well-being or achievement of life’s developmental tasks. The longer this continues, the less options may be available.
However, I also discovered that it is never too late to improve something in your life that you really want to change, to learn new skills, treat yourself with compassion, to connect to yourself and to others and to find meaning and valued directions. In other words, it is never too late to start doing what you can with what you have, wherever you are right now.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
As of 1st September, I will have two slots available in Clapham Common: Saturdays 2pm and 3pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training