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Elena Churikova MBACP (Accred) Individual / Couple / Family Therapy

London W4 & SE1
07950 232151 07950 232151 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am experienced Psychotherapist, offering professional confidential  services for Individuals, Couples and Families. I speak English and Russian.

I work both short and long term, using a variety of therapeutic approaches, depending on the clients' need.

If for any reason I am not able to help you, I would do my best to recommend alternative options or other specialists.

My style is collaborative, approachable and interactive.

I am a qualified clinical supervisor and offer supervision to psychotherapists and students.

I am an accredited member of BACP and follow its Code of Ethics. I have regular supervision of my work with a senior colleague and a regular peer supervision group.

I am a member of BPS, ICEEFT, BEFT, EMDR UK&Ireland.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc degree in Psychology from Lomonosov Moscow State University (1997)
PGDip in Systemic Theory and Practice from Tavistock and Portman Trust
PGDip in Psychoanalytic Studies from Tavistock and Portman Trust
PGDip in Attachment and Psychoanalysis and Couple Relationship from Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationship
Fully trained EMDR therapist.
Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision from CPPD

Additional training and CPD:

I am interested and have had full training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, an approach that is specifically aimed at strenghtening bond between partners.

I am also one of the few people in the UK who is fully trained in the Discernment Counselling (approach that has been developed in the USA, and is targetted at couples on a brink of divorce, and is designed to help in making a choice about the next step within a set number of session).

Introductory skills training in CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) and in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

I have been practicing as a psychologist, counsellor and psychotherapist in UK since 2000, working in various mental health services including NHS and in private practice.

Prior to moving on to full-time Private Practice, I have been employed as a Senior Psychotherapist in the NHS Family Therapy Service (2006-2011), working mainly with couples and adult families.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Family relationships

Divorce and separation

Work with people who are affected by their relatives' substance misuse or other addictive behaviour

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Please enquire

Further information

Some sessions are available on the weekends

Heath Insurance

I am registered with and take clients/patients covered by most UK main Health insurances.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Russian


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Older adults


I am a qualified and experienced clinical supervisor.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Elena Churikova MBACP (Accred) Individual / Couple / Family Therapy

Elena Churikova MBACP (Accred) Individual / Couple / Family Therapy