Dr Kalli Nikolopoulou, CPsychol, HCPC reg.
Hello, my name is Kalli, I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and I provide individual private Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy sessions, to young people, adults, and older adults.
I offer a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space to speak and explore your thoughts and feelings, and understand yourself and your relationships better. In therapy you can find support and consider new ways to cope with difficult psychological states and external pressures.
I have over ten years of experience working therapeutically with a variety of presenting issues, in different clinical settings, such as specialist NHS services, community counselling services, and private practice.
Further to this, I am the Clinical Manager of WLM Highbury Counselling Centre (HCC), operating a low-cost, affordable clinic for longer-term counselling and psychotherapy. Since completing my Doctorate in Psychology (DPsych), I have been working as a visiting lecturer in Counselling Psychology Doctorate programs in London. I also volunteer at Bubble and Speak, a drop-in group for children under 4 years old and their parents/carers.
Please read below, if you'd like to learn more about my practice, and how therapy may be useful for you. My consulting rooms are in Brick Lane, and in Highbury Grove.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-graduate clinical training in Lacanian Psychoanalysis (ongoing).
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych).
- Integrative Psychological Therapies (Psychodynamic therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Person Centered Therapies).
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1st).
Alongside my formal training and time with patients, the most significant part of my formation as a therapist has been my own personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy and consistent engagement with process groups.
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
My fee for the initial consultation is £60.
We will discuss your fees for ongoing therapy in our first meeting. I have a few low-cost spaces for appointments in the morning and early afternoon.
Coming for therapy
Taking the step to discuss your personal difficulties can feel overwhelming or intimidating, nevertheless it can also be a step towards addressing the underlying problems.
People may come to therapy for many different reasons, often relating to interpersonal/family relationships, life dilemmas or a general feeling of dissatisfaction with life, sex/gender issues, experiences of loss, experiences of trauma, intrusive thoughts, compulsions, self-destructive behaviours, lack of confidence, experiences of depression, anxiety, panic and phobias.
Sometimes people come to therapy because of something recent that has happened in one’s life, other times for issues that are long-standing, and may have become unbearable.
How therapy may be useful?
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help you uncover the unique meanings of your experiences and suffering, and support you in identifying the changes you want to make. I find every session is a unique and significant encounter, and the therapy I offer is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is not about teaching you how to have the “correct” thoughts and emotions, or offering general advice for your concerns.
My training in Counselling Psychology and Psychoanalysis places significant value on the individual subjective experiences you have had, and the particular the ways in which your experiences may have impacted you. It is assumed that unconscious forces drive our behaviours, and shape our thoughts and emotional responses, for reasons that are many times not obvious to us.
If we meet for a session I will invite you to speak as freely as possible, in a safe and non-judgemental space. If we decide to proceed to work together, our therapy will be open-ended, which means that it may last from a few weeks, to months, or years, depending on what you want and what you find useful. Our sessions will take place weekly, and we may agree to meet once or more times in a week, depending on what is more helpful for you at a given time.
Please contact me if you would like to arrange a brief telephone consultation, or would like to meet in person to discuss what brings you in therapy at this time.