Daniela Szukiel - CPsychol, BPS Chartered Psychologist

Daniela Szukiel - CPsychol, BPS Chartered Psychologist

Tunstall Studios
34-44 Tunstall Rad

5 The Chapel
Abbey Place
ME13 8BG

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Tunstall Studios
34-44 Tunstall Rad

5 The Chapel
Abbey Place
ME13 8BG

About me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, trained in a number of therapeutic approaches. I have practice since 2002 in a variety of settings, including primary, specialist and tertiary NHS services as well as in private practice. I currently work as a Senior Psychologist in an acute psychiatric hospital. Working with a wide range of presentations enabled me to develop skills to quickly identify the core issues and develop holistic therapeutic packages to address them in a way that is effective and fits with your needs and resources.

My approach

My approach is flexible, adaptable and innovative: I align it to your goals, resources, motivation, preferences and learning styles etc.  We discuss these issues openly, jointly setting the goals and direction of travel, frequency of meetings and mode of therapy.

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 purpose of memory/schema re-consolidation and re-scripting

I also have training and experience in somatic psychotherapy, mentalisation, Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassion therapy, Emotion focused therapy, mindfulness and the application of the recent understandings of neuroscience to understanding the process of change in psychotherapy.  This allows me to see your difficulties and solutions through different theoretical lenses and effectively tailor my approach to your needs and goals.

My clients' feedback is that they appreciate the depth of understandings they reach quite rapidly when working with me. They often comment that they did not expect such deep transformations to occur in only a few sessions!

I believe this is because I work both top-down (offering a left-brain focused cognitive framework) as well as bottom-up (working directly through the right-brain focus on emotion and sensation) and then integrate those understandings within the relational context that is compassionate as well as transparent to make sure that the work I offer fits with your goals and values.

In practical terms, I offer:

- Face-to-face psychotherapy - I can offer weekly or fortnightly sessions.  Skype appointments are possible at a reduced rate for people attending on a fortnightly basis.

In fortnightly sessions, I refer you to materials containing theory and practical exercises to help you achieve your aims.  When we meet, we review the work you have done and deepen it by focusing on areas of particular relevance to you.  Fortnightly way of working is most suitable for people experiencing mild to moderate mood-related difficulties (anxiety, depression) and for people who are motivated to work on themselves in between sessions.

Weekly sessions are better suited for people who need more regular face-to-face support, who experience significant external stresses or are going through a life change and thus may find sustaining a regular home practice difficult.  Weekly appointments are also better suited to more complex difficulties.

- "Managing Emotions" Programme - this is a small-group programme (max 6 people).  The latest research indicates that emotional difficulties share a number of common features and respond to common therapeutic approaches.  Also, it is often seen that people with one difficulty (eg low mood) have another difficulty (eg anxiety, addictive disorders etc).

Managing Emotions Programme is "transdiagnostic" ie it is designed to be effective with a number of difficulties that somebody may have rather then just one difficulty.  Working in a group is effective both in terms of costs and process.

The group is designed to provide a rich and supportive learning environment.  It is semi-structured: it teaches skills to help people to learn a new - more skilful and adaptive - way of dealing with their emotions.  In-between the meetings participants practice the skills and then share their learning at the group.  This allows a transfer of learning to occur between people and provides for a rich learning experience.

The group experience is particularly helpful for people who "do not like" groups as very experience of attending a small supportive group helps with issues such as communication skills, social anxiety, feelings of isolation or stigma, low self-esteem etc. If you feel shy, it is perfectly ok to come and listen first and taking time to feel comfortable and safe. Looking after yourself by deciding how much you are happy to share with others is also encouraged.

In order to join the group you will need to have at least one individual session to make sure the group would be suited to your needs.  Additional individual sessions at a reduced rate are available for people on the group programme either face-to-face or on Skype.

The Managing Emotions Group is suitable for people suffering from difficulties relating to anxiety and mood, such as panic disorders with or without agoraphobia, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, PTSD, OCD, depression, health anxiety, dissociation, addictions (including to internet) and self injurious behaviours.  What all these difficulties have in common is the experience of strong emotions that is interfering with the ability to lead a fulfilling life.

What to expect

In both the 1:1 and Group work, I draw on recent knowledge of psychotherapeutic theory and practice, especially information that stems from ongoing advances in the rapidly expanding field of neuropsychology.  I also have significant practical understanding of what therapeutic processes underlie the main psychotherapeutic modalities and make change possible

I share that knowledge and experience with you.  Working together, we both "do" therapy and "talk therapy" so that we can jointly decide how much therapy to "do", what methods to use, how quickly and at what pace.  This gives you a degree of control over the process of therapy and positions you as an active participant in your journey of change.

In other words, I hold the map, but only you have been to places we visit.  I have been on similar journeys with others, know some of the terrain, the paths to go forward and the pitfalls to avoid. But you decide how far and how fast we travel and what modes of transport you like the best.  At all stages, you can count on me to guide you and support you.  At some point, you sense that the journey has transformed you.  You feel stronger, more capable and more at ease with yourself and the world.  Armed with the new knowledge and understanding, you know you can make the rest of the journey by yourself.  My role is completed and you path awaits you.

Home practice

It is also my view that in addition to experiential work we do in the session, it is important for you to continue working on yourself in between our meetings to deepen and consolidate the experience of therapy.

To this effect, after our sessions I will send you suggestions of practices you may do at home.  Practices will vary depending on your interests.  Examples include calming and grounding practices, reflective writing, journal keeping, collage making, music compilations, narrative methods (including genograms), activity scheduling, time management techniques, guided meditations, visualisations and others.

Such practices, when done on a regular basis, can re-wire brain – both in terms brain chemistry (ie hormones) as well as connectivity between parts of the brain, their structure and size. Recent neuro-psychotherapy research points to the enormous plasticity of the brain even in adulthood - regular practice will help neurons that "fire together" to "wire together" in a new, more adaptive way.

More information

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 also offer a reduced fee of £25 for the Initial Meeting 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.

During or soon after our Initial Meeting, we will agree the proposed Plan of Work and what it hopes to achieve. I will explain the rationale behind the recommendations I make.  We will have 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 whilst remaining flexible 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.

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.

Professional Registrations

- 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

Core Trainings

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).

Other trainings

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).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Photos & videos

  • Abbey Place Clinic
  • Tunstall Rd Therapy Room


One-to-one psychotherapy

London, SW9 - £60 per 55-minute session.

Skype - £40 per 55-minute session

Sessions in London are offered on Saturdays or Sundays, between 10am and 5pm.  Depending on your needs and resources, you can be seen weekly (one week on a Saturday, another on a Sunday) or fortnightly (on Sundays).

Once we agree to work together, at the beginning of each month I will request a bank transfer for all the sessions you wish to attend that month, book them for you and send you a receipt.  You will be able to cancel any booked session - without having to pay for it - if you give me a 72-hour notice.

For people attending fortnightly, I also online/telephone/Skype contact on Saturdays - £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 55-minute session.  Sessions in Faversham are offered on Wednesday day time and evening.  They can be weekly or fortnightly.

I also offer a reduced fee of £25 for the Initial Meeting 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.

Managing Emotions Group Programme - £100 pcm

The monthly fee includes two 2-hour group meetings per month, individual self-therapy materials for you to use in-between groups and a 20-minute phone call in between sessions to provide support.

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 purpose 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.

Further information

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

London, SW9 8DA
Faversham, ME13 8BG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Polish


In Faversham I have availability Wednesdays daytime and evening. In London SW9 I am available on Saturdays/Sundays 10-5pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training


Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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