Irina Timonina, BA (Hons), MBACP
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, offering brief and long-term therapy to adults and young people (16+) via face-to-face and online sessions.
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. During a free initial telephone consultation, 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.
Insurance Plans accepted: Vitalty Health, Aviva & Aetna Global Benefits
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.
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
£50 for a 50 min session.