Dr Julian-Pascal Saadi

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CPsychol, HCPC, BPS
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London E7 & E8
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About me

Being human is complicated. We’re born into a family and world we don’t choose. We’re told how we need to be and who we need to date. If we aren’t happy, we’re told that something must be wrong with us. 

As far as I'm concerned – we’re far more complex than the world expects us to be.

Most of us do not fit in to the neat binary of “good” vs “bad” or “male” vs “female”, or "straight" vs "gay/lesbian". We're layered and always changing, a fact of life which has huge creative potential if embraced rather than rejected. When we lose sight of our authentic selves, buried beneath the various layers which we call 'norms' or expectations, we develop "symptoms". Although these are distressing, they can also be understood as symbols/messages offered up to us by our unconscious to let us know what has gone wrong and what we need to do to find ourselves again.  

Who am I?

I am a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) offering online and face-to-face therapy to individuals, couples and multi-partnered people. I am also an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist (AAGSRDT).

Key issues that I work with include: 

trauma

loss and grief

identity issues

sexuality and gender conflicts

chemsex/sexualised drug-use

HIV

medically unexplained symptoms

chronic illness 

addiction

anxiety and depression

relationship difficulties

My philosophy

First and foremost, I believe that healing is a holistic process that has as much to do with mental health as it does physical health. My approach is rooted in an idea that mind and body are not separate, and therefore need thinking about together in order to promote the best conditions for healing. What we do with our bodies (e.g. smoking, exercise, diet, sleep, substance misuse) has a direct influence on how we feel in our minds, and vice-versa.

Secondly, I don’t believe in the “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Everyone’s different and so what works for you won’t necessarily work for someone else. Taking this perspective means that I value what makes people different, and I will think carefully with you about what kind of approach might be helpful and whether we could be a good fit. 

Influencing my thinking is an understanding that the context in which we grow up and live in, shapes our sense of self and how we live our lives. My work therefore acknowledges the impact of culture, sexuality, gender, sex, race, religion etc., on the development of our sense of self. My aim is to support you in your journey towards finding your authentic self outside of how you were taught to be. 

My approach to therapy

I was trained to think in an integrative way (combining different models of therapy), however, I specialise in long-term depth work from a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic perspective. The psychodynamic/psychoanalytic perspective is exploratory in nature and non-directive. It aims to help people become aware of the unconscious aspects of their behaviour, thoughts and feelings. This approach is most suited to those who want to explore and understand the ways in which the past might be influencing the present and current difficulties. More information about this approach can be found here: https://www.bpc.org.uk/information-support/what-is-therapy/

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

After initially completing a BSc in Biochemistry which offered me an understanding of health and the body, I eventually chose to pursue a career in Psychology. I completed an MSc in Health Psychology at University College London (UCL) and then trained to Doctoral level in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. I have therefore developed a good understanding of the body, the mind, and the link between them. Following this, I did specialist training in gender, sexual and relationship diversity (GSRD) therapy. 

I am trained to deliver both structured and short-term therapy (e.g. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy), as well as more long-term, unstructured and exploratory therapy. I specialise in long-term exploratory therapy, but can adapt this if needed. 

I work with individuals, couples and those in multi-partnered relationships (e.g. polycules, open-relationships...etc.)

Experience

I have worked in mental health for almost 10 years and have specialised in therapy with young adults (18-25) and adults (>25). I have worked with mental health difficulties on the entire spectrum of distress, ranging from "mild" to "severe".

Aside from my private practice, I currently work in a secondary care NHS service with people who experience severe and complex mental health difficulties. I am also an academic lecturer and research supervisor on a Doctoral programme for trainee psychologists and psychotherapists. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BPS
British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Ace or Asexual
BDSM / Kink
Bi- | Pansexual
Cross-dresser
Intersex
Non-binary | Genderqueer
Queer
Questioning
Survivors of attempted conversion therapy
Trans

Fees

£150.00 - £180.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

I am seeing clients both online and in person (Forest Gate). 

  • Initial free online/phone consultation
  • Standard individual fee (50 min): £150-180 
  • Limited space available for those in financial need: £75
  • Standard fee for relationship therapy (1h-1h30min): £200-£250

The preferred payment method is by bank transfer which can either be after each session or upon receipt of a monthly invoice.  

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Cancellation policy

I require 7 days notice for cancellations. Sessions cancelled after this will need to be paid for in full.

Confidentiality

It isn't uncommon for people to be concerned about confidentiality given that what they discuss often concerns private or intimate details about their lives. Therapy is a confidential process, however, I attend regular supervision in which I discuss the work anonymously. No private details are shared in this environment, and it serves as a way of reviewing the work so that I can ensure that my attempts at helping you are sound.

There are only specific circumstances in which I may have to breach confidentiality:

1) You provide me with information that makes me think that you or someone else is at risk of harm

2) Situations requires by law

Ethics

As a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), I am accountable to their codes of ethics and clinical practice.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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The therapy room is located on the ground floor.

Additional languages

French
Portuguese

Online platforms

Zoom
Dr Julian-Pascal Saadi
Dr Julian-Pascal Saadi