Dr Evangelia Karydi, CPsychol-HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist
I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist with experience of working with people with a wide range of issues within the NHS, private sector and other services in the UK and Greece. At the moment, I provide online counselling psychology and psychotherapy services.
My therapeutic approach is integrative and I use a combination of models, such as psychodynamic, CBT (including ACT, CFT) and Schema Therapy. I am informed by evidence-based therapies while I am also integrating elements from various experiential approaches, such Voice Dialogue, Internal Family systems (IFS), Psychodrama, Gestalt.
I believe that no single theory and therapeutic approach can fully capture and describe the complexity of the human existence and therefore an ongoing aim in therapy would be to collaboratively find the best approach to meet your needs, your circumstances and what brings you to therapy at this time. During our work together, we would review this regularly. I adopt a relational and collaborative therapeutic stance and I offer a safe and non-judgemental environment where we explore your difficulties and find what can be helpful for you.
Although I have been working within the NHS and I am used to the medical paradigm of mental distress, I maintain a critical view of diagnoses. I am also aware of issues around prescribed psychiatric drug dependence and withdrawal.
What happens in the first session?
I always offer an initial assessment session where we discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and your expectations and thoughts about therapy. An initial session also gives us the opportunity to see if we are able to work together as finding the right therapist is crucial to the therapeutic process. If we decide to continue working together, further sessions are scheduled. Sessions usually held once a week, unless we agree the need for more frequent sessions or a more flexible arrangement.
How many sessions will I need?
Different people choose to engage in therapy for different amounts of time; this very much depends on your needs and the issues that you bring. We will discuss this in our initial session and throughout therapy as we will regularly review your progress.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working in the field of mental health for 13 years. My experience involves individual and group work, as well as short and long term psychotherapy. I have extensive experience helping adults with a wide variety of difficulties and of different complexity and severity, including:
- low self esteem
- relationship issues
- panic attacks
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- generalised anxiety
- anger difficulties
- personality disorders or issues
- self harm
- bipolar disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
Working with children, adolescents and families
I have experience of working with children, adolescents and families with a wide range or presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, school related issues, anger, bereavement, traumatic incidents (emotional, physical, sexual abuse) and post traumatic stress disorder, neglect, impact of parental difficulties and separation, learning disabilities and autism. My approach is tailored to meet the needs of the young person and the family.
Qualifications, Training and Professional Registration
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and hold a doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology.
- Degree (4-year) in Psychology
- Doctorate in Psychology, Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- CPsychol-Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- BPS certified clinical supervisor (Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors- RAPPS)
- Schema Therapy Training (currently working towards accreditation)- Schema Therapy Associates UK
- Voice Dialogue Training (currently in training as facilitator)- Transforming Dialogue UK
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£90.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I offer a free initial consultation of up to 20 minutes.
If we agree to then meet regularly, my fee for individual therapy is £90 and sessions last 50 minutes. I also offer concessions for students and people of lower income. Fees are then calculated on a sliding scale.
Couple therapy is £100 per session.
I am registered with AXA PPP, WPA, Cigna, Aetna, Aviva.
Please contact me on 07832924483 or by email.
Languages: English and Greek.