My name is Lena and I am an accredited psychotherapist specialising in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of anxiety and mood-related disorders. I also have extensive experience in the treatment of people with trauma (developmental, complex, relational or single-event trauma), addictions, and personality disorders.
I am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
I have several years experience of working with adults in various different settings, including the NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT), prison settings, drug and alcohol services and private practice. I have also worked in mental health services abroad.
In my practice I draw from a wide range of modalities and develop individualised treatment plans depending on my clients needs and goals.
I often use CBT interventions for individuals with anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD, depression, low self-esteem, stress etc . Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are interconnected and that someone can be trapped into a vicious cycle. It can help the individuals break this cycle and manage their own problems by changing the way they think and behave. This can improve the way they feel. CBT can help people deal with their problems in a more positive way. It is time-limited, structured and problem-based.
I may also use Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), a structured therapy initially developed for the treatment of PTSD, but also effective for the treatment of other issues, such as OCD, phobias, chronic pain etc. EMDR focuses directly on the distressing memories and is intended to change the way they are stored in the brain, thus reducing the problematic symptoms (thoughts, feelings, behaviours, bodily symptoms). I am also fully trained in Attachment-Focused EMDR which is for individuals who have experienced developmental trauma and non-secure attachment.
I also often use Schema Therapy or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which are particularly effective for people with long standing difficulties and personality disorders.
When you come to a therapy session my primary goal is to make you feel welcome and comfortable to share your story. I want to provide you with a space where you can feel listened to, accepted and understood. The essence of my work is to help you understand, manage and overcome the difficulties you are going through and equip you with tools to cope when times are challenging. I make every effort to ensure that my services are of the highest quality.
I work with individuals and couples and I offer short- and long-term psychotherapy for a range of issues, from day to day worries to complex psychological conditions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA in Psychology, Cyprus College
MSc in Addiction Studies, King's College (distinction)
MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (distinction)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (Level 1), The EFT Centre, 2020.
Attachment-Focused EMDR (Part 1&2), EMDR Focus, 2020.
Standard Individual Schema Therapy Certification (Part 1, 2 &3), Schema Therapy Institute, 2018
Interpersonal Psychotherapy ( Level A), University of Surrey IPT Centre, 2017.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Part 1, 2 &3), Richman EMDR Training, 2017.
Expert Witness Training: Excellence in Report Writing- Written Evidence, Bond Solon, 2017.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy, The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, 2013.
Group Facilitation Skills, The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, 2013.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I accept self-payment of fees or payment by a third party.
I am registered with many insurance companies, i.e. AVIVA, CIGNA, WPA, AXA PPP, HEALIX, ALLIANZ CARE etc. Please contact me for more information.