Daniela Szukiel - CPsychol, BPS Chartered Psychologist
34-44 Tunstall Rad
5 The Chapel
I currently work as a Senior Psychologist in an acute psychiatric hospital. I have practiced as a psychologist since 2002 in a variety of settings, including primary, specialist and tertiary NHS services as well as in private practice. Working in such a wide variety of contexts enabled me to develop skills to quickly identify the core issues that lead to a person's difficulties and jointly prepare an effective plan to address them.
When people come to me for help I work in a transparent way, sharing with you my understanding and giving you tools to practice on your own between sessions.
I do offer expertise but do not seek to position myself as an "expert". Instead, I work with you as an equal partner. I openly share my knowledge and understanding with you and invite you to collaborate with me. I hold the map, but only you know the places that we visit. I have been on journeys with others, know some of the terrain, the paths to take to go forward and the pitfalls to avoid. I am able to guide you and support you on the journey that we agree to take together so you can arrive at your destination, not only transformed but also empowered with new knowledge and understanding.
I can offer fortnightly sessions - this can help to reduce the cost of your therapy. After the session I will send you a plan of self-directed therapy and all necessary materials and/or references for the next two weeks' work. In between our face-to-face sessions you will be able to continue and develop the work by yourself, giving you skills to become your own therapist.
Over and above it, I also believe that the practices will help you regain an often long lost connection to a deeper part of yourself, a part beyond your past and your suffering. This deeper part has many names - "true self", "heart" or "soul" - and can be experienced as infinitely wise and compassionate. Connecting to that deep part of yourself will allow you to reclaim your inner true compass for life and gently put together the many threads of your life in a more satisfying way.
If that sounds a bit lofty and "new-age", you can feel secure in the knowledge that recent neuro-psychotherapy research points to the enormous plasticity of the brain even in adulthood. It also suggests regular practice can re-wire brain – both in terms brain chemistry (ie hormones) as well as connectivity between parts of the brain, their structure and size.
Examples of such practices include: learning to modulate states of fear and anxiety by reducing the activation of the fear centres in amygdala; supporting the ability of your your pre-frontal cortex to regulate emotions; developing your self-awareness so you become more able to "know thyself" by learning to separate feelings from thoughts - this will help you make choices that are right for you and take into account both logic and feeling; developing your "reflective function" which will help you make sense of experiences and emotions and help you understand yourself - and others - better, thus improving your relationships; improving your motivation; developing self-compassion, stabilising attention, improving ability to be more effective in your daily tasks and many others, depending on your needs and preferences and what is needed at each phase of our work.
Following our Initial Meeting (£20), I will write to you with the proposed plan of work and what it hopes to achieve, explaining the rationale behind the recommendations I make. The meeting and the proposed plan will give us an opportunity to think through whether the approach I offer is right for you. If it does not seem to be, I will provide some guidance as to what else I think might be more suitable.
If we both feel happy to proceed, we will think about the time-frame of the work and the point at which we will review. We will follow the proposed plan flexibly in order to remain sensitive to your needs as they emerge in your response to the work itself, at all times paying attention to your feeling safe and supported in your work with me.
You can email me if you have any questions or would like to book a FREE no-obligation 20 minute telephone consultation to discuss your needs. I offer a reduced fee of £20 for the first session as I appreciate that sometimes clients may wish to meet with a number of therapists before being able to get a feeling for what approach would be right for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have practised as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist since 2002, mainly in NHS primary care and in private practice. I currently work part-time as a Senior Psychologist in an acute psychiatric hospital, where I have an opportunity to develop approaches to help people find ways to live fulfilling lives. As part of that work, I keep abreast of all recent developments in psychotherapy, including neuro-psychotherapy.
- 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
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- 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
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
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London, SW9 - £60 per 60-minute session.
Sessions in London are offered fortnightly on Saturdays or Sundays, between 10am and 5pm. After the session I will send you a plan of self-directed therapy and all necessary materials and/or references for the next two weeks' work.
In between sessions I offer online/telephone/Skype contact - £40/session. The online sessions provide an opportunity to discuss and get feedback on the progress of your self-directed therapy.
Faversham, Kent - £50 per 60-minute session. Sessions in Faversham are offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday day time and evening. They can be weekly or fortnightly.
Low cost psychotherapy
For people on low incomes, public sector workers and students I offer a low cost psychotherapy package. By offering this package I aim to provide high quality individually-tailored psychotherapeutic expertise in an affordable and flexible way.
Online/skype/telephone package - £100 pcm.
The monthly fee includes four therapeutic contacts in a month plus individual self-therapy materials for you to use in-between contacts. These are selected especially for you on the basis of your needs, preferences and how much time you are willing to set aside for the work.
Two stages need to be completed before enrolling on this package:
Stage 1. Free 20-minute telephone Consultation: this helps me understand the difficulties you have and what you hope to achieve by working with me and get a quick sense whether the type of help I offer would be suitable for you. If not, I will do my best to advise you what other support I believe maybe more appropriate for you.
Stage 2. If we both feel happy to go forward, we book a face-to-face Initial Consultation (£20) where we can talk in more depth about what is needed and how we can work together to achieve it.
Following our Initial Consultation, I will write to you with the proposed plan of work and what it hopes to achieve, explaining the rationale behind the recommendations I make. The meeting and the proposed plan will give us an opportunity to think through whether the approach I offer is right for you. If it does not seem to be, I will provide some guidance as to what else I think might be more suitable.
How does the online/skype/telephone package work?
I send you the materials/references/audios, you engage with the work, building new understandings and habits. We are in contact at the same time each week (where possible), discussing your progress, building our understanding and agreeing the work for next week.
In this way of working my job is to use my therapeutic expertise to select the tools that would be most helpful and interesting for you to use, keep you motivated on the journey of change and support you through any difficulties you may encounter on that journey. Your job is to set aside the time to spend doing the practices and exercises I set. This will help you re-wire your brain to build new connections, learn skills to become your own therapist and build new more adaptive life habits.
Additional face-to-face sessions maybe offered at a reduced fee, to be negotiated depending on individual circumstances.
Clinical supervision and personal therapy for psychotherapy trainees
As a member of the British Psychological Society Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors I offer one to one or group supervision to counselling psychologists and psychotherapists.
My core training is in psychodynamic, CBT and humanistic models of therapy. I work integratively, with special focus on experiential and somatic approaches, using imagery and focusing for the purposing of memory/schema re-consolidation and re-scripting.
The appointments can be face to face or online depending on location. Please contact me for further details.
Group workshops are offered by myself and guest facilitators in a pretty Kent seaside town of Whitstable on topics such as emotion processing, re-consolidation and re-scripting, mindfulness through somatic awareness: body and movement, eco-psychology and working with imagination – please email me to go on the mailing list for information about new workshops.
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|
In Faversham I have availability on Mondays and Tuesdays 5-9pm, and Wednesdays daytime and evening. In London SW9 I am available fortnightly on Saturdays/Sundays 10-5pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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