Elena Phrydas, BA (Hons), MA, MBACP (Reg.)
North London Business Park
Comer Business And Innovation Centre
Brunswick Park Road
Hello, my name is Elena and I offer face-to-face long and short term psychotherapy in North London.
People come to therapy from all walks of life and for many different reasons. One thing they have in common is that they are all seeking understanding and change and want to find ways to lead more harmonious and fulfilling lives. Clients often express feeling stuck, unsettled and confused about how this can be achieved and as a result experience inner-conflict with themselves and their environment. This can naturally lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and many other symptoms of "disorder".
As your therapist I can be helpful in providing you with the conditions within which deeper understanding, empowerment and autonomy can be achieved. This process can directly bring about the major shifts people are looking for. As perceptions and experiences are enhanced, relationships and the general coping with daily life are influenced in a meaningful and long-lasting way.
As a person-centred therapist my practice is largely influenced by the principles and philosophies of the person-centred approach. This means that the person is central to the direction and pace of the therapeutic process. I am interested to learn about you as a whole person; to learn the roots of your current issues within the context of your life rather than focusing solely on the symptoms that they cause. I understand these symptoms to be a part of your personal experience - a way to cope with our environment that often provides crucial insights.
I work holistically which means that I invite the emotional, psychological, environmental and spiritual – so essentially all aspects of you into the room. I regard each person as unique with the right to be truly understood and respected. For many clients this experience alone can be deeply therapeutic and empowering. A central part of my approach is a commitment to creating a safe and confidential space where you can express and explore parts of you in the presence of a therapist who is sensitive, attentive and empathic.
I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and insured psychotherapist with experience working with adults and young people.
I have a BA (Hons) degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice and an MA in Counselling Children and Young People from The University of Nottingham.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their ethical framework for good practice.
Student Services counsellor - Nottingham Trent University
I offered short-term Solution-Focused therapy to students experiencing personal issues during their time at University. Having a confidential space to express and understand themselves better proved very helpful to students by enabling them to give time to issues that arose for them whilst still striving towards achieving their academic goals.
Psychotherapist, Committee member - Counselling Xtra, Nottingham
Here I provided long and short-term therapy to adults and young people. Some of the issues I worked with and received further training in are: Depression, Domestic Violence, Cultural Oppression and Identity; Pre-Therapy; Therapeutic Drumming; Mindfulness; Sexuality; Energy Awareness; Counselling for Depression; Safeguarding, First Aid.
As a therapist and committee member I am passionate about developing humanistic counselling services that are accessible to all. During this time I attended monthly meetings to discuss effective management and development of the counselling service.
Practitioner, Researcher - Humanistic Therapies, Nottingham
As the first of its kind, I became a member of the group, Humanistic Therapies, founded by a small number of researchers and practitioners from The University of Nottingham. Our aim was to increase the awareness and understanding of the person-centred approach and its potential benefits for human relationships in healthcare, education and other community organisations.
As a member I promoted and shared research and evidence of the person-centred approach outside of the counselling context. Our first workshop, 'The Impact of Practitioner Empathy on Healthcare Outcomes', invited medical staff to explore evidence and recent research which suggested how patient healthcare outcomes may be impacted by an empathic healthcare professional. The workshop received very positive feedback.
Psychotherapist, Private Practice - Awakenings, Nottingham
As a psychotherapist in private practice practice I offered a face-to-face Humanistic counselling service that was accessible to all. Similar to my previous experience, we embraced creative approaches to therapy such as the Play Therapy Approach, which offered sand trays, figures and pictures to provide alternative means for communication and expression. Clients were invited to access counselling tailored to their needs in an environment that was compassionate, accepting and respectful towards each person.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- 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
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Sessions are 50 minutes and usually take place weekly, at the same time.
Initial consultation: £30.00
Individual session: £50 per therapeutic hour (10am - 5pm)
£60 per therapeutic hour (6pm - 8pm)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays: Monday - Thursday from 10am - 8pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|