Irina Timonina, BA (Hons), MBACP

Irina Timonina, BA (Hons), MBACP



01372 235288 / 01372 235288

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About me

I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Surbiton, a few minutes walk from the train station, and in Guildford (Surrey). I work with adults and young people (16+) for an agreed time period (for example, for six weeks) or on an open-ended basis.

I believe people of all ethnicities and social backgrounds can benefit from counselling, and I welcome individuals whatever their culture, sexual orientation or gender. Few of us sail through life without problems. As we go along, we learn our ways of copying. However, sometimes challenges can leave us overwhelmed, stuck or disconnected. Therapy is a safe and confidential place where you can reflect on what is going on in your life, explore the life you would like to live and make choices that are beneficial to your wellbeing. Our work is to develop your resilience and strength to face the challenges, increase your self-awareness and help you to connect with yourself and others.

As an integrative therapist, I believe there is no one way that works for all and I combine various therapeutic approaches to tailor therapy to your individual needs. I pay particular attention to how past experiences may have influenced your present thoughts, feelings and relationships, and help you to disentangle from repetitive life patterns that no longer serve you.

You can contact me by telephone or email. At an initial session we explore your expectations and needs and see if the way I work suits you. If not, I am happy to make helpful recommendations for other specialists.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a First Class BA (Hons) in Integrative-Relational Counselling from Middlesex University and completed Foundation Course in Group Analytical Psychotherapy at the Institute of Group Analysis. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Reg. No. 379154) and work within their Ethical Framework.

Over the past several years, I have had experience of working with ethnically and socially diverse clients within NHS, counselling agencies and a victim support organisation on a wide range of problems, i.e., anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, relationships, identity issues and traumas (sexual violence and domestic abuse). I have a passionate interest in the themes of cultural transition and adaptation, supporting people living in a culture different from their family of origin.

Before retraining as a therapist, I myself moved to the UK from my native country, and I have an insight into the challenges and stresses of loss and change in a new culture.

I attend regular supervision and ongoing training as part of my continuous professional development.

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Therapies offered

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  • Therapy room


£55 for a 50 min session.

Further information

Please note that a fee will be charged for any missed appointments or cancellations without 48 hours notice.

Maps & Directions

Surbiton, KT6
Guildford, GU2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Russian


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Morning, day and evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults