Hi, I am Elina and welcome to my space!
I hope this is the right time and place for you to start your journey.
I understand that everyday life may sometimes get in the way and doesn't allow us to pause for a moment and acknowledge our thoughts and feelings. Even when we do, judgement and self-criticism can become obstacles in confronting our own, real feelings. This can be quite overwhelming and exhausting.
Sometimes talking to a family member or loved one about how you feel or what you are going through can be quite difficult. It might seem easier to talk to an independent professional about what is on your mind and that is exactly what I am here for.
I am passionate about my work and my aim is to create a calm, confidential and safe environment where my clients feel comfortable, listened to and supported. Our therapy will be based on respect, honesty and trust. It is important for you to feel that you have a good connection with me and are comfortable to express your thoughts and emotions, even the ones that might make you feel uncomfortable.
How I can help you
I have a Masters degree in Psychodynamic Counselling which allows me to work with you on a deeper level and look at how your past experiences can have an impact on your present day life. I can help you understand how repressed emotions affect your current decision-making, behaviour and relationships.
Psychodynamic Therapy has always supported the idea that the therapeutic relationship we build is a key factor in promoting trust and can be a window into problematic relationship patterns in your life.
I have worked in various settings and have the experience of dealing with a wide range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, low self esteem, relationship difficulties, abuse, self-harm, OCD and addiction.
I can support you in gaining a better understanding of how you think, feel and behave. My experience has shown me that this is often the first step in making a positive change to your life.
Throughout our therapy together I can help you discover parts of yourself you haven't yet identified and deepen your awareness. My aim is to assist you in achieving confidence to support yourself and in making the changes that feel right for you in moving forwards in life.
Please feel free to contact me and discuss any worries or questions you may have without any obligation of committing to any sessions. I understand that finding the right counsellor for you is really important.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
I trained for a number of years at The Deborah Ubee Trust and have a Masters Degree in Counselling from Goldsmiths University, London.
- MA in Psychodynamic Counselling, Goldsmiths University
- BSc in Philosophy, Education, Psychology, University of Athens
- Training in "Walk and Talk" Therapy
- Accredited Sexual Violence Training, Rape Crisis South London RASASC
- Attendance in various CPD (Continuing Professional Development) trainings and seminars
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by their ethical framework. I attend regular professional supervision to aid my performance and personal development as a counsellor.
I am an experienced and qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and have worked with people in various settings. Alongside my private practice, I currently work at Rape Crisis South London and the BRIT School.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Sessions are held on a day and time agreed with you and take place for 50 minutes (clinical hour).
Online Session - £50
Face-to-Face / Walk-and-Talk - £60
I offer limited spaces at a discounted rate for people on low income.
I offer an initial free phone consultation.
Monday to Friday
I offer daytime and evening appointments.
Walk & Talk
I offer "Walk & Talk" sessions if you feel that this could be of benefit to you. Over the last few years there has been an increased demand for therapy in an outdoor environment. More and more people have found themselves trapped in their own homes as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions. "Walk & Talk" offers the opportunity to experience therapy outside the walls of the therapy room and express feelings in a different, more open environment.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about this service.
Free Introductory Discussion
You may have a specific issue you want to discuss or you may also not know what's wrong, and that's ok too.
I offer a free 15 minutes session where we can discuss how I can help you and you can ask any questions you may have.