Flora Malakasi, Existential Therapist, UKCP Reg.
Overwhelming anxiety, debilitating panic attacks, struggling to get through the day - these all too real problems could incapacitate us and hinder our ability to function. Coming to therapy with me can help you deal with the challenges that life places in your path.
Life is an inexplicable puzzle. When you feel that you got a grip on it and can handle anything that it can throw on you, it is then that you could also realise how vulnerable and susceptible you are. Going to therapy can help you explore how you respond to your relationships, remember who you are, what you actually want, and what choices you need to make to embrace the whole range of life’s experiences without losing your balance. Existential challenges can open the door to our inner scenery and reveal to us some fundamental truths that life is a paradox and a mystery and each one of us makes sense of it in their own way by writing our own scenarios.
I am an existential psychotherapist and counsellor offering therapy to individuals, couples and groups. My practice is a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment in Putney and Clapham, Wandsworth, South West London but I also work in Central London and via Skype. I offer therapy sessions in both English and Greek. I have been practising psychotherapy and counselling for the past 20 years and offering support and assistance to clients in exploring their relationships and becoming aware of their assumptions so as to make better sense of their experiences.
As a psychotherapist/counsellor, I work together with each client with the aim to enhance understanding and the development of insight. You choose what you want to disclose and the degree to which you use this insight to make any changes to your life.
Psychotherapy and counselling can be a very powerful way of addressing the underlying issues in your life that may be causing distress. It is a serious commitment that can lead to significant improvements and enhance your life so that to live it more fully.
I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:
- Relationship Problems
- Anger issues
- Panic Attacks
- Addictions - Alcohol / Drugs / Sex / Gambling
- Eating Disorders
- Self Harm/Cutting/Suicide
- Abuse /Trauma
- Loss & Bereavement
- Low Self-Esteem
- Sexual Problems
- Behavioural Problems
How Does Psychotherapy Work?
Psychotherapy and counselling can help people to resolve problems through an exploration of underlying issues thereby enabling them to live life to its full potential. But what is more, counselling and psychotherapy may be able to help people to make the changes in their lives that they consider necessary in order to have a rewarding future. It is when things are not working well for us that we realise that we may need assistance and support to gather our thoughts, find the courage to make important decisions, become aware of the hidden factors of given situations. It is possible for life struggles to be turned into golden opportunities to explore the most fundamental aspects of our existence regarding who we believe we are and what is meaningful in our lives, how we are living our lives and what could be missing.
As a therapist, my task is to assist my clients to explore their concerns and challenge those problematic views that underpin the presenting difficulties. By meeting regularly, you, the client, will talk about the pressures and stresses that problematic situations in your life bring and I, as your therapist, will listen, ask questions and make some observations. In this way, you would be able to make sense of what is actually happening in your life and how you relate to others, choose the changes you may want to make in your life and increase your sense of personal control that will enable you to move forward positively towards achieving a better balance.
In my experience I have seen people coming to therapy for a whole host of reasons. Establishing a safe, therapeutic relationship where clients may feel supported, understood and comfortable with, is incredibly important. Within such a frame, change becomes gradually attainable and leads to a more contented and fulfilled life.
I can offer sessions Monday through to Saturday.
I can offer a great flexibility of appointment times so you can fit psychotherapy into your current schedule.
I work with individuals and couples and I offer therapeutic sessions via Skype. I also offer supervision sessions to trainees and therapists.
I can also offer therapy in Greek.
My practice is within a private, discrete, comfortable and safe environment in easy access from public transport.
Training, qualifications & experience
My approach to clinical practice is Existential Therapy.
Existential therapy looks at unhelpful assumptions with the aim of making us aware of our attitudes and intentions. It is about coming to terms with existence, about taking responsibility and about creating meaning for ourselves.
All of us at some point in our lives may become overwhelmed with our own particular and unique struggles. Existential thought takes the human condition as the focus of investigation and therapy focuses on the uniqueness of each individual's particular experience. Through the therapeutic relationship, existential practice creates an opportunity for clients to become aware of the challenges they are confronted with and thus re-evaluate their choices and paths in overcoming life’s emotional difficulties.
I have been trained as an Existential Psychotherapist and I hold an MA and an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy. I am registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I am a member of British Psychological Society (BPS) and Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).
Qualifications & Experience:
- M.A. in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent’s College, (City University)
- Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent’s College
- Professional Certificate in Existential Supervision and Group Leadership, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology with History of Ideas, Middlesex University
- Twenty years experience as a psychotherapist/counsellor/senior health worker with NHS
- UKCP registered psychotherapist/BPS membership/SEA membership
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
I can offer short-term or long-term therapy, depending what is agreed with the client. I can work with a wider range of clients and can offer more in-depth work if appropriate.
For each 50 minute session, I charge £65 for individuals and £85 for couples. Payment is by cash or transfer at the end of the session.
Psychotherapy is a serious commitment and this is reflected in the necessity at the start of the therapy to agree regular attendance and notice of cancellation or termination.
Testimonial: "Flora was extremely helpful for me during a difficult period of my life, when I was suffering from anxiety issues. She was an understanding and thoughtful listener who enabled me to work out the causes of my anxiety. Although her approach was focused on helping me work out what was going wrong and what I wanted from my life, she also offered useful and insightful advice which helped me deal with various problems. Overall, I am in a much better state of mind as a result of working with Flora, and I would recommend her to anyone going through a difficult period, or suffering from issues such as anxiety or depression." Oliver-client
A counselling or psychotherapy session is a place where you can talk, share problems and explore thoughts and feelings in a safe, accepting and confidential environment. Sessions usually take place weekly and having time each week just for you, a time when you can be listened to with openness and acceptance can be a very healing experience.
What I Can Help With:
- Depression/Mood Disorders/Bipolar
- Personality Disorders – Borderline/Antisocial
- Relationship and Marriage Difficulties/Individuals & Couples
- Separation issues/Divorce
- Abortion/Miscarriage/Infertility/Post-Natal Depression
- Anxiety/Stress/Work Related Stress
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Saturday 9am - 8pm
Types of client