Dr Julian-Pascal Saadi
Being human is complicated. We’re born into a family and world we don’t choose, and 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.
The fact is – we’re more complex than the world expects us to be.
We simply don’t fit into the neat binary of “good” vs “bad” or “normal” vs “abnormal”. We're layered and always changing. Problems emerge when we forget this. Regaining fluidity in how we see ourselves and the world around us is key if we want to break free from prescribed and entrenched ways of living.
Who am I?
I am a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) offering therapy to both individual adults and couples. I have extensive experience working in the NHS and in mental health more broadly. I have worked with a wide range of difficulties, some of which include:
- anxiety and panic
- low self-esteem
- sexuality issues
- gender dysphoria
- interpersonal difficulties
- personality difficulties
I have a particular interest in working with issues surrounding the body, trauma, sexuality, gender and interpersonal difficulties.
First and foremost, 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.
Influencing my thinking is an acknowledgement of the blend of oppressive social systems like sexuality/sexual orientation, gender, race, class, and ability. These all make us more or less privileged compared to others, which shapes our experience in ways that need to be thought about as part of the work.
Finally, I hold the view that therapy is a holistic process that needs to consider both "mind" and "body". I pay attention to the ways in which our experience of our bodies shapes our experience of the world . This can be particularly beneficial to those with a history of trauma or whose bodies have become a place of anxiety.
My approach to therapy
In terms of what therapies I offer, I adopt an integrative approach. This means that I draw on different models in how I practise. I am trained in existential therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (or CBT) and trauma-informed therapy. I interweave these models in a way that allows me to tailor my approach to meet your needs and preferences.
I believe that therapy's success is largely dependent upon the quality of the therapeutic relationship. I aim to engage in a real, genuine and empathic relationship that facilitates an open exploration of the problem at hand. The focus of therapy will be on how you experience the world and how this relates to your relational patterns and emotional life.
Therapy will initially involve a period of assessment so that we can establish what your difficulties and expectations are, what I can offer, and whether or not we would be a good fit for each other.
How can therapy help?
Therapy is first and foremost a specific and focused kind of conversation. It's a way of mapping out the territory of your life (and what got you here) in a bid to make sense of what can feel like a difficult, challenging, and confusing reality. In doing so - therapy can provide emotional relief.
Some people seek therapy to address specific problems, and others when life just doesn't feel quite right. It can also be an opportunity for personal development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
After completing my MSc in Health Psychology at UCL, I trained to Doctoral level in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. I am trained to deliver both structured and short-term therapy, as well as more long-term, unstructured and exploratory therapy. In line with my philosophy that there is no "one size fits all", we will collaborate to decide how we can work together and I will tailor my approach accordingly.
I am currently specialising in working with people that are gender, sexual, and relationship diverse.
I have worked in mental health for almost 10 years and have specialised in therapy with adults. I have worked with mental health difficulties on the entire spectrum of distress, ranging from "mild" to "severe". Aside from my private work, I currently work in a secondary care NHS service with people who experience complex and enduring mental health difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £100.00 to £120.00
Free initial telephone or online session
I am seeing clients both online and in person (Hackney).
- Initial free online/phone consultation
- Standard individual fee (50 min): £100-120
- Standard couples fee (1h15min): £150
I am willing to work flexibly if appropriate (e.g. fortnightly, monthly...etc.) which can help to spread out the cost. However, this tends to slow down the process of therapy which needs to be taken into consideration.
The preferred payment method is by bank transfer which can either be after each session or upon receipt of a monthly invoice.
I work from 5:00pm-10:00pm on Thursdays.
I require 7 days notice for cancellations. Sessions cancelled after this will need to be paid for in full.
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
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.