Enrica Balestra

Enrica Balestra

The Farringdon Practice
59 St John Street

07932 195 008

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About me

I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist and supervisor based at The Farringdon Practice in Clerkenwell EC1 (http://www.thefarringdonpractice.co.uk/). I am a member of the BACP, and I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I have over 14 years’ experience in private practice, employee assistance programmes, education and the voluntary sector. Alongside my private practice, I have held the post of counsellor/coordinator in an inner city college working with students and staff. Originally from an academic background in comparative literature, I draw from the humanistic and the psychodynamic tradition to help clients explore and move beyond their sometimes limiting and painful life stories.

Some of the issues I have worked with include, but are not limited to: Stress, Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Relationship and Family issues, Abuse, Trauma, Bereavement, Infertility, Abortion, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Suicidal thoughts, Identity, Life transitions and Self development.

I am Italian, fluent in English and conversant in French and have experience of working with a wide range of clients of different ages, sexualities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. I have a special interest in relational trauma, narrative and the arts as well as in the way in which cultural norms and social expectations affect our sense of self and wellbeing. I have specialist training in Somatic Trauma Therapy, CBT and have extensive experience working with young adults.

Training, qualifications & experience

Supervision training (Gestalt Centre)
Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Metanoia)
Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschilds)
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia)
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Whittington Hospital)

MPhil Comparative Literature (Columbia University)
MA Italian Studies (Columbia University)
PgDip American Studies (Smith College)
BA Modern Languages and Literature (University of Rome)

Psychotherapist at The Farringdon Practice 2015 (ongoing)

Student Counsellor: City and Islington College 2015

College Counsellor, Supervisor and Service Coordinator: Havering College 2009-2015

Psychotherapist (Time Reclaimed) 2000 (ongoing)

Associate Counsellor (WHCM) 2007-2008

Associate Counsellor (The Place to Be) 2007-2008

Honorary Psychotherapist (St Luke's Hospital) 2004-2005

Associate Counsellor (London Metropolitan University) 1999-2003

Honorary Psychotherapist (Whittington Hospital) 1998-2000

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


The City/Central London
Weekly sessions £80

£60 per session

Maps & Directions

London, EC1M 4AN

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Italian


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday 9am-8pm, Wednesday 8am-10am, 3pm-7pm Thursday 1pm-6pm, Friday 9am-2pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervision available