Daniela Szukiel - CPsychol, BPS Chartered Psychologist
16 Old Town
34-44 Tunstall Rad
Who I am and how I can help
I am a Counselling Psychologist with over 15-years experience. I can help with common mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood and relationship problems. I am also experienced in working with more severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
I work integratively offering a range of therapeutic approaches - both short and long-term - including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Schema Therapy, mindfulness approaches and somatic psychology (see below for more info). The way in which we work will depend on what you would like to gain from therapy so that it can be tailored to your individual needs.
I understand the often considerable anxiety people feel when deciding to come to therapy. I respond to that by offering you a caring, compassionate and non-judgemental approach. You can relax in knowing that I am an experienced professional. You are in a safe and experienced pair of hands and together we will find new ways of understanding and responding to your difficulties.
What to expect
I offer free initial phone consultation so that we can will briefly discuss your difficulties and what you would like to achieve. We can also think about the type of therapy that may be most helpful for you and I can answer any questions you may have.
During the first few sessions we will explore your current concerns and any difficulties from your past. This helps us to build a picture of what’s going on for you, how your difficulties might have developed and what might be keeping them going. From this we can develop a plan for therapy.
I work integratively and, depending on your needs and goals, I can use counselling, psycho-education, CBT, psychodynamic approach, experiential or somatic methods.
My approach is well suited to people who have a preference for a therapist who works collaboratively, shares their thinking regarding the clinical strategies they use, gives feedback on what is achievable and provides support on the journey of change.
What type of therapy do you practice?
I have trained in a number of therapies, including CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, person-centred, mentalisation and mindfulness-based approches and can tailor my approach to your difficulties, preferences and goals.
I also bring knowledge of psychology and have an keen interest in applying recent advances in the area of neurobiology and somatic psychology to create new and effective ways of facilitating therapeutic change.
Somatic methods help us by-pass the cognitive level (where self-beliefs are held cognitively) and access the more unconscious ways in which we learned to approach the world. Having this direct experience helps us to understand, evaluate and, where appropriate, let go of the beliefs and ideas that no longer serve us. This work can heal the often deep-seated pain of the past woundings and allows us to approach our precious life in a fresh way. These methods are especially helpful for people for whom the more cerebral, "left brain" therapies brought insight but no sense of change.
When working somatically we focus on sensation, sound, gesture and image to: 1) discover things from the edge of awareness and make the unconscious conscious and 2) to develop a "first aid kit" of somatic (body-based) strategies to find calm, peace, sense of containment, stability, strength and security in the body. Working somatically activates the intuitive "right brain" and helps in ways that are often profound and transformative. The experiential discoveries are then processed and integrated more cognitively (through analytical left brain) and are used as basis for creating a treatment plan, habit trackers, action strategies etc.
I find that the combination of direct experiential work with cognitive meta-processing 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 bring people to therapy, 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 start thinking 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
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
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SERVICES AND PRICES
Individual Sessions – £65 per 50-minute session
Individual session by phone/email/Skype - £50
Introductory Consultation - £30 per 50-minute session
Initial 20-minute Phone Consultation - FREE
In addition to the above fee structure, I also offer therapeutic packages to suit different personal and financial needs:
Package 1. Crisis Intervention: designed for people going through a turbulent period in their lives and need intensive support. The package is also suitable for more people who have more severe/enduring difficulties. Consists of 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: £350 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 find it hard to find time/motivation to work on themselves in-between sessions. Price: £230 pcm.
Package 3. Working through Intensive: weekly face-to-face sessions and online/telephone contact in between sessions to help you process and consolidate the experiential work we do in face-to-face sessions. Designed for people who wish to work intensively to build a momentum for change in their lives and are able to take regular time in between sessions to do suggested exercises aimed at furthering self-exploration, gaining self-understanding and building new skills and habits. Price: £330 pcm
Package 4. Working through DIY: fortnightly sessions with two online/phone support sessions in between face to face appointments (total of 2 face-to-face plus 4 support sessions pcm). Designed for for people who wish to bring change into their lives, need some input on how to achieve these changes, 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 two 30-minute phone/online session in between appointments, four times a month. Price: £220 pcm
Package 5. Maintenance: supportive therapy, once a fortnight face to face contact. Best for those who have achieved gains in therapy and want to continue slow but steady progress. Price: £130 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
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Types of client
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Supervision & training