Lila Despotovic MBACP
I am Lila, a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor practising in south-east London. I am a Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (the accredited register).
Having initially trained in Psychodynamic counselling, I am influenced in my work by unconscious processes and Psychodynamic theories, in particular the Attachment theory, which I would use in order to make sense with you of the issues that you face. Over the years I have expanded my training and therapeutic experience and developed a more integrative approach, which incorporates theories and techniques from other therapeutic models (including Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and art and creative techniques) so that the therapy can be tailored to you and your particular presenting issues and needs. My aim is to help you make sense of your emotional and behavioural difficulties and find ways of overcoming them or managing them better and ultimately, to help empower you to make the changes that you want, in order to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
I am also a Therapeutic practitioner for Eating Disorders and Obesity and this field of therapeutic work is one of my particular interests and specialities. Whether you have been struggling with overeating, purging, restricting, poor body image or weight management, and whether your difficulties are mild or a fully developed Eating disorder that has overtaken your life, I can help you on your way to recovery and a healthier relationship with your body and food.
Although therapeutic technique is important, I believe that equally important for the progress in therapy is the quality of therapeutic relationship. This is something upon which I place great emphasis and in my practice you can expect to be treated with respect and empathy in a safe, supportive and confidential setting.
My preference is to work longer term but the length of therapy would depend on you and the complexity of the presenting issues that you bring and this would become clearer after the first couple of sessions. It can range from shorter-term, goal specific work (12 sessions) to longer-term (1-2 years).
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and Training include:
- CPCAB Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills and Theory
- BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Certificate of Proficiency
- NCFED (National Centre for Eating Disorders) Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders Diploma
- NCFED Practitioner Skills for the Management of Obesity
- Advanced Diploma in Working with Eating Disorders
I have got extensive counselling experience within the NHS, private and voluntary sector with a wide range of clients and presenting issues - they include work with the elderly and young people, people living with HIV and those affected by addictions, loss and bereavement, clients with relationship problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body-image issues and low self-esteem , among others.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Disordered eating and Emotional eating, Counselling support for weight loss and weight management, Body image issues, Low self esteem and self-worth, Identity issues, Life transitions.
During the initial contact via phone or email I will arrange an initial appointment for you as soon as possible. This is an opportunity for us to meet and for you to get the sense of how I work so that we could decide whether further sessions would be beneficial to you.
For the initial 50 minute appointment I charge £50, while the fee for further one-to-one sessions is £60.
I currently have some availability for clients on lower income who can commit to longer term work, at a reduced fee.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please email or call for information about up-to-date availability.
Types of client