As a BACP-registered counsellor, I am here to accompany you, within a safe and confidential therapeutic space, to help to make sense of past experiences, explore personal beliefs, values and hopes and assist you in coming to terms with a past that is carried into the present. On having gained a more thorough understanding of yourself, I aim to facilitate the creation of a future that is filled with personal meaning and more clarity when it comes to how you feel and who you are.
In our first session we will aim to explore the issues that bring you to counselling, share preferences and expectations and agree a way forward to contract for future sessions. These sessions are for your benefit and you must be comfortable with how they progress.
Since my educational background is in existential-phenomenological approach, the therapy will focus on your own unique and personal experience of the ongoing issue, explore the possibility of choice and responsibility, and will explore how you relate in the world with others. Due to my extended knowledge in Neuroscience and experience in working therapeutically with brain injury survivors, I have a deep understanding of somatic experiences (movement limitations, pain, numbness, etc.). Furthermore, I specialise in Eating Disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. My genuine interest in the Body-Mind connection guided me in getting training in relevant practices such as Mindfulness and specifically Body Scan Meditation.
Since I practice in a humanistic-centered way, I believe that at the heart of everything is the encounter between two people. You may seek therapy to talk about a pressing issue or may want to speak for more general reasons. There are many reasons for therapy and most often they cannot be reduced to a single subject. From my experience, I have come to understand that the issues which initially bring a client to counselling (e.g. depression, anxiety, emotional trauma) may reveal other underlying issues during the course of therapy. Therefore I aim to
be flexible and adaptable in my approach, working collaboratively with each client to find a unique and suitable way to make therapeutic progress.
The current pandemic (Covid-19) situation has many layers of different emotions for everyone. Anxiety overlays every aspect of daily life. If you, or anyone you know, is struggling to cope, please get in touch to arrange an online appointment - I can conduct counselling sessions via a variety of apps and platforms as suits each client (Zoom, WhatsApp). I have completed training specifically devised (by BACP and the Open University) for operating online as a counsellor during these troubled times and understand the anxieties and sadness many are experiencing.
Training, qualifications & experience
Ilia Galouzidi is a BACP-registered Counsellor and a Clinical Neuroscientist from University College London. Ilia has gained her clinical experience in her two-year internship at the A’ Psychiatric Clinic of Athens (Greece) where she worked with patients suffering from depression, eating disorders and psychosis. Furthermore, during her work as a Research Assistant at the Clinical Psychology Department (UCL), she has worked therapeutically with post-stroke patients in the acute and rehabilitation wards (NHS), and with Eating Disorders Patients in North East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Being trained on the Existential approach in Psychotherapy, she supports the ability of people to choose who they want to be, to be authentic and find the meaning they are looking for in their lives. In addition, her understanding of the human brain allows her to promote the uniqueness and potential of human nature.
Ilia’s work is based on the creation of a safe space for clients to share their experiences and explore their emotions, values and beliefs that shape their world and psyche.
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
From £80.00 to £100.00
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
For students (18+) and trainee counsellors, my fee is £60 per session.
I offer a free initial online consultation as a space to identify the client's needs and discuss the therapy plan.
I aim to respond to new client enquiries within 3 working days.
Morning slot: 10:30 - 11:30
Afternoon slot: 11:45 - 12:45
Evening slots: 18:00 - 19:00 and 19:15 - 20:15