Lila Despotovic MBACP
I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor and psychotherapist practising in south-east London and online. 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 Relational Psychotherapy, 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. 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 food and your body.
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:
- BACP/The Open University: Counselling Online. A coronavirus primer
- MA in Advanced Clinical Practice (ongoing)
- 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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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, Anxiety and issues related to Covid19 epidemic.
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.
I am currently only able to offer online and telephone appointments.
For the initial 50 minute appointment I charge £50, while the fee for further sessions is £60.
I currently have some availability for clients on lower income who can commit to longer term work, at a reduced fee.