Leah Christodoulou UKCP, MA, PGDip, Adv.PGDip Counsellor and Psychotherapist
8-26 Bath Street
07882 394845 / 0203 720 9782
I offer an initial meeting in which we can both explore what you are hoping for and how we may approach this together. This initial meeting also gives you the chance to see how you feel with me and if you would like to embark on your therapeutic journey with my support.
I am a trained Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I like to approach therapy from a mind-body-relational perspective in order to honour every aspect of who we are. I view relating with others as central to our sense of self. Significant relationships , or lack of, throughout life can impact our core sense of who we are. I offer a space for collaboration and joint exploration where we work together to better understand who you are, what has shaped you and how we can work towards finding a happier and more fulfilling way of life. I am a firm believer that therapy is a joint process that we embark upon together and am committed to the relationship I form with clients, sharing the hope for making the changes you want and need.
Throughout the therapeutic process I believe our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the developing relationship between client and therapist all offer meaning and the opportunity for insight and positive change. What develops between us can be a great source in understanding your emotional world and how to develop new and healthier ways of existing in relation to oneself and others. If you choose to embark on your counselling journey with me I will aim to support and empower you in your process of healing past hurts and fulfilling a happier and healthier existence.
People seek therapy for many different reasons, sometimes clients are not even sure what is wrong but they just feel stuck in a rut, repeating the same patterns in life that leave them feeling lost. Anxiety, loneliness, relationship issues, depression, panic attacks, abuse, family issues and bereavement are just some of the things people may seek therapy for. Whatever your problems may be, we can work togther on finding a way to move through the pain and find a happier, healthier and more fulfilled way of being.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I completed my trainings at The Minster Centre in London, a leading training institute in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Minster Centre are committed to interweaving theoretical experitse, clincial practice and self-development for all training psychotherapists. As a therapist our own sense of self and inner understanding is highly influential to how effective we are as practitioners. My ethos is I cannot ask my clients to search for truths within themselves if I am not willing to do so myself also.
My Master's research thesis was on working with the mind-body in processing trauma. This paid close attention to working with clients in an embodied-relational way in integrating trauma.
I also hold a Masters with Merit in Psychoanalytic Studies which I completed in 2003 at Leeds Metropolitan University. My research thesis for this was an exploration of the mother-baby relationship and the challenges and needs of both as the relationship develops.
I am a Registered Member of the UKCP and abide by their ethical framework.
I run two private practices in North London and the city of London where I see clients for long term and time limited counselling. The issues I work with vary widely however some examples are anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, family issues, addiction, panic attacks, intimacy issues, low self-esteem, self-harm, trauma, suicidal thoughts and childhood sexual abuse.
I also work part-time at a further education college offering counselling to students and have worked as part of a counselling team at a London university. Both have given me the opportunity to work with diverse client groups from various social, cultural and religious backgrounds as well as liase with professionals in psychiatric services. I also work with students who have learning difficulties.
I volunteered for a counselling charity for several years seeing clients under the umbrella of three services; domestic violence, general counselling and loss of a child or pregnancy. During my time at this charity I worked closely with women who had been involved in domestic violence and women who had lost a child, had abortions or suffered a late loss of pregnancy.
Prior to my career in counselling and psychotherapy I worked in Social Care supporting vulnerable minors and young adults, including political refugees and asylum seekers.
Upon leaving university in my early twenties I worked as a support nurse for the NHS Community Mental Health Trust offering support in acute and forensic psychiatric wards. During my time there I worked closely with teenagers with eating disorders and acute adult service users under section acts. This included working with clients managing schizophrenia, bipolar disoder and personality disorders.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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At my Palmers Green practice session fees are £55. Concessional rates are available for students and those with financial difficulties so I keep several spaces reserved for low cost counselling. Please enquire if you feel this would be more suitable to your financial means.
At my City Practice session fees are £70.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Friday Daytime / Evenings
Types of client