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About me

I am a Counselling Psychologist available for online appointments. Should you wish to book online with myself or any of my colleagues then please go to https://www.thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com/ for a Live Online Diary.

I work with adults, families, and couples and use a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (including Third Wave approaches; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy {ACT}), Schema Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I create an individualised treatment programme for each of my patients based on what they need and feel comfortable with, and taking into consideration what is proven to bring the fastest and most longest lasting relief for their particular difficulty.

I have many years of experience and am registered as a Counselling Psychologist with The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I am experienced in helping people to resolve the majority of problems that cause emotional distress and discomfort including (but not limited to):

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Problems
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Counselling for Carers
  • Child & Teenager Counselling
  • Depression & Low Mood
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Therapy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress

I also offer the following services:

  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Child Counselling
  • Expert Witness
  • Family Counselling
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Medico-Legal Assessment and Treatment
  • Specialist Eating Disorder Counselling

Philosophy

I believe that therapy should enable the creation of a safe space in order to facilitate one’s therapeutic journey. People often seek therapy when feeling stuck in some aspect of life and this can sometimes make one feel very vulnerable, evoking all kinds of difficult emotions like shame, fear, anger and more. I will help you understand such feelings and the obstacles in your path in a warm, supportive non judgmental way. At the same time I will help you recognize and reinforce your existing strengths so that you can make the best use of therapy and allow your creative self to flourish in all aspects of life. I believe that no matter how difficult it seems, it is possible to transcend limitations and make important and beautiful transformative changes “just like the flying fish that jumps out of the sea and the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly” (Kazantzakis).

Approach

I have many years of experience in working with CBT, CAT, psychodynamic and contemporary relational psychotherapeutic approaches. In addition to my clinical experience I also have experience of teaching and supervising psychotherapy trainees.

I offer short and long term therapy in both Greek and English. I tailor my approach drawing on different therapeutic approaches to meet the client’s unique needs. A collaborative approach actively involving the client in order to develop a unique treatment plan is of primary importance in the way I work and I am very sensitive in tracking the development of the therapeutic process and making adjustments when needed.

Motivation

I am a Counselling Psychologist and my clinical experience spans more than 15 years and two countries. I have worked for many years in the NHS and in various UK and Greek clinics/charities with clients with various difficulties ranging from depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties, personality disorders and bereavement.

Continuing professional development and expanding and deepening my knowledge and clinical experience on various therapeutic approaches is extremely important for me. In addition to my rich training as a Counselling Psychologist, I recently studied in a four year program for psychoanalytic studies in the USA. Moreover, I am a member of IARPP( International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy) and I have participated as a speaker in various of their international conferences which has significantly contributed to my development as a practitioner.

About Me

In addition to Psychotherapy I love music composition. Music has always been a big part of my life especially in recent years. I feel that in conjunction with psychotherapy, art and all types of creativity in general can enable one to channel, express and discover parts of the self that might not be easily accessible in other ways. In addition to my love of working with a wide range of client groups I am also particularly interested in working with clients who would like to find ways to tune into their creativity and artists with all types of difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPsychol, MSc, PG Dip

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

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

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Dance therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Reality therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

Additional information

I offer everyone a free of charge Pre-Assessment Telephone Consultation

The fees below are for a 50 minute face to face, telephone or video counselling session.

Self Funded Treatment

  • Individual Therapy: £140 per session
  • Couples/Family Therapy: £150 per session
  • Online/Skype: £120 individuals / £135 couples and families

Health Insurance

Most national and international Private Healthcare companies are accepted including (but not limited to):

  • Allianz
  • Healix
  • Cigna
  • Aviva
  • WPA

It may be possible to use your private health insurance to cover the cost or part of the cost of your appointments. Each healthcare provider (Bupa, Aviva, Cigna etc) have slightly different policies but most of them are happy for you to approach us directly in the first instance.

Some providers require a referral from your GP in order to access your policy. GP’s are often happy to provide a referral following a phone consultation instead of a traditional face to face appointment in the surgery as it is more time efficient.

With the above, a quick call to your healthcare provider should allow them to clarify these details.

It is worth noting that not all policies will cover the full cost of your treatment. We will advise you of the availability of healthcare appointments, and any cost implications in your initial enquiry.

Some healthcare providers have fees which are different to our self-funding rates detailed above. If these are less than our own rate we have to ask that the shortfall is made up by the patient. Please just remember to tell us who your provider is as soon as possible to avoid any confusion when booking.

Availability

Appointments available throughout the week, both daytime and evenings including Saturdays. Please call or e-mail to confirm my latest availability.

Further information

"I would just like to say a big thank you for everything you have done for me. When I came into therapy I had no idea in what way it could help, in the past I thought honesty was the answer to all and since I had already achieved that I was unsure how therapy would work for me. I never thought it would be so, but I honestly believe that having a fuller comprehension of myself has really helped me come to terms, understand and be at peace with myself. I feel much more grounded and in no way out of control"

- Philippa (Marylebone)

"My husband and I tried a number of counsellors in Fulham before we found The British CBT & Counselling Service. It was such a different experience to the ones we had had before and this time it actually seems to have worked! I would recommend that if you are struggling in your relationship you should try them”

– Polly (Fulham)

“I have been having Online CBT Counselling with The British CBT & Counselling Service for about 9 months and it has made such a difference. I struggled for years with an eating disorder and depression and I really feel like I’ve got my life back. The online CBT Counselling programme fitted in with the long hours I work and it actually felt more supportive that other types of counselling I have tried because I had contact with my psychologist up to 3 times a week. I am so glad that I tried this approach and would recommend it to anyone who needs help sorting out a problem”.

Westgate House
2A Prebend Street
London
N1 8PT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families
Groups
Organisations

Languages offered

Counselling available in English, Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish & Spanish

Social

Faidra Grammenou

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