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MA, UKCP Reg psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner

About me

I offer a compassionate space to people who have been affected by a wide range of incidents, losses and trauma. I am committed to helping individuals find renewal and experience a meaningful and worthwhile life.

I have been privileged to work with individuals, couples and groups who have experienced suffering from extreme events such as terrorist attacks or other collective trauma or critical illness. I have also provided specialist support for organisations that work with people bereaved by homicide.

As a specialist trauma counsellor, I have also worked for the NHS within intensive care and maternity service departments providing support for staff, individual patients and families.

I currently work in private practice in Ealing, West London offering counselling face-to-face and online via Zoom.

For more information or to book an appointment please use the Email button to contact me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I originally trained at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London and qualified in

  • Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
  • Master’s degree in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University

This training led to my UKCP registration. 

In addition, my further training and experience includes

  • EMDR accreditation with EMDR Association UK. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a powerful form of therapy (NICE approved) that can help recovery from traumatic events.
  • Trauma focused CBT – this is another NICE recommended method for processing trauma.

As a practitioner my approach is primarily rooted in psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis is a psychology of love and will based upon the pioneering humanistic and transpersonal work of Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist and a contemporary of Jung and Freud. In his work he placed great emphasis on integration and synthesis in times of life crisis and the awakening of will.  He saw beauty and creativity, together with finding meaning, value and purpose, as central concepts for our wellbeing.

I have extensive experience in working with trauma and helping individuals and groups in the aftermath of disasters, having been directly affected by disaster first-hand.  For many years I have also been training professionals in the field of collective trauma and am a co-founder of Centre for Collective Trauma (www.centreforcollectivetrauma.com), a hub dedicated to providing expertise to organisations dealing with disaster.

I also work with a broad range of other life issues, especially around life transitions and am experienced in working with neurodiversity, such as autism and ADHD.

To find out more, contact me via the email button.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Further information

I am also accredited by the EMDR Association UK

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

Serbian, Croatian

Online platforms

Zoom
Jelena Watkins

Jelena Watkins