Fiona Aitman MSc (Psych) MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist offering a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space in which to help you understand your emotional struggles and the thoughts and feelings that drive you.
How I work:
I am psychodynamically trained which means I am able to observe how you relate to me, providing me with an understanding of how might you relate to others in your life. My role is then to observe your behaviour and reflect this back to you.
I work with you to help you recognise how your own life experiences might be affecting your current situation, and together we explore the patterns of thoughts which keep you from moving past your fears, anxieties and depressive feelings.
I work extensively with clients with varying degrees of mental health conditions and I specialise in addictions, anxiety/depression, trauma, attachment and relationship issues, and loss/bereavement. I also have a particular interest in working with culturally diverse clients.
Currently I work time part as a Counsellor at a London University where I see young adults experiencing a variety of emotional concerns. I have also worked for several years with individuals at Mind in Camden from the Phoenix Wellbeing and Recovery Service, a mental health service set up for adults experiencing distress through hearing voices, visions, unusual beliefs, paranoia, hopelessness and extremes of depressive moods as well as conditions including schizophrenia and personality disorders.
My private practice is situated in an alternative healthcare centre just off the high street in Mill Hill, North London, NW7. It is easily accessible by bus and train, a walking distance from Mill Hill Broadway Thameslink station. Free parking is available on the forecourt of the centre.
You are welcome to contact me for an initial conversation via either email or phone (found at the top of my profile) to discuss any queries you might have, or to make an appointment to see me.
I don't charge for our initial phone consultation, whilst fees for the initial assessment appointment and any ongoing sessions apply thereafter.
I am continuing to see clients for face-to-face appointments, respecting and complying with Government Guidelines and sanitising protocols, and a Covid-19 assessment will be undertaken before we meet.
Skype sessions are also available.
Although I do work with young adults, I am unable to see anyone under the age of 17. I would however, be happy to speak over the phone to help with referring to someone best suited for you, or your child's needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I hold a Masters of Science degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck University of London, Psychosocial Studies
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck University of London, Psychosocial Studies
- Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychology, Birkbeck University of London, Psychosocial Studies
- Foundation Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regent's College London
- Certificate in Psychoanalytic Ideas on Sexual Perversions, Delinquency & Violence, NHS Foundation Trust, The Tavistock and Portman
- Certificate of Training, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills, Resolvex
- Training in Image and Colour Analysis and Style Consultancy, Aston & Hayes London
- BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and Association of Psychodynamic Counsellors (APC). I adhere to the associations' Ethical Framework and Guidelines, I am fully insured and DBS certified.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees will be discussed over the phone, or during the initial assessment.
I work both long term and short term which means I can either see you over many months or years, exploring issues in greater depth, or over a shorter period of time (12 weeks) with an end date set from the start and a particular goal in mind.
All this can be discussed in our initial assessment.
My private practice is situated in North West London and within a 6.1 mile radius of:
- West Hampstead
- Belsize Park
- Kentish Town
- Golders Green
- Mill Hill East
- High Barnet
- St. Albans