Madalina Andreia I. Day MBACP
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My therapeutic approach allows for an exploration of your personal experiences while conveying an understanding that is emotionally meaningful to you. I provide short-term and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tailored to your needs. I have counselled clients with a myriad of felt difficulties such as anxiety, depression, couple relationship issues, addictions, life transitions including retirement, bereavement and loss, work and life-events related stress, and provided workplace counselling services. I practice in both the public sector and nonprofit organisations, and have gained thorough insights that can be of great benefit to private practice clients.
Based in Central London near Oxford Circus, my therapy consulting practice has good transport links to neighbouring boroughs and Greater London areas.
What to expect at your first session
Our first meeting is going to offer us both a chance to learn about your problems and my way of working. We will discuss ways forward and whether my services and the type of therapies I practice are appropriate for your needs. The first meeting would typically last an hour to an hour and a half. After the meeting and if we agree to work together, we can then arrange weekly appointments.
Can counselling/psychotherapy help?
We live in a fast paced world, sometimes seeing things moving so fast that we feel we can no longer keep up with what we ought to do next. We start questioning ourselves and our ability to respond to and influence what will happen in the future – we may even come to think of it as inevitable. Our uncertainty about the future increases and overwhelms us, our train journey into the day seems interminable with pressures that not so long ago were positively solvable in a moment, but are now perceived as impossible tasks.
This is a glimpse into what it means to live with anxiety about your today and your tomorrow, to be filled with regrets about the past and irreversible decisions, and to be confused by an entanglement of otherwise innocuous thoughts and emotions. Or, as one of my clients put it:
I came to you with my mind feeling like a mass of wires that had no visible connections and I could not make sense as to why I was feeling the way I was.
She was describing a type of anxiety that was painful and unbearable, filtering and infiltrating each and every experience of her day – something far beyond the day to day apprehensions that help us anticipate and deal with daily challenges. Another client, when asked to draw a picture of how he was feeling, produced a drawing that he then described as “a mess” – again, a nebulous knot of difficulties distressfully experienced.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help to explore such feelings – distress and stress about everyday life, uncomfortable issues, painful emotions. It can help with feelings of loss, rejection and abandonment, bereavement and changes that appear impossible to process and overcome. Counselling/Psychotherapy is a process where you are offered a safe space to talk and explore your difficulties in a confidential manner with your therapist’s attentive and emphatic stance working towards you attaining an understanding of and resolution to your difficulties.
How can counselling/psychotherapy help?
Imagine opening your front door to a day where you can confidently navigate each moment, one which could even turn out to have moments that can be anticipated with excitement. A day with a you who can go about your business with ease, making the most of relationships with significant others, and looking forward to the future. A day where a journey into work feels like movement towards achieving your ambitions, whether that be a simple task or a long-held dream - and where the journey back home is filled with a clear sense of, I can do this!
At the same time, therapy is not magic, and when things are very difficult simply allowing yourself to think "having a bad day is OK" can sometimes be a start. Therapy can help in readjusting expectations of self, others and the world to realistic and specific hopes - without being self-critical and envisaging a better rather than a lesser. Not so long ago, a client told me that therapy helped her shift her perspective, in starting to think of the world as being potential and achieving an optimistic sense of self. She became able to work through her difficulties and thinking on opportunities, but most importantly, she stopped counting her bad days. Her feedback remained with me, as the most insightful way of looking at a therapeutic encounter as one that accounts for both the therapeutic process and the outcome.
I practice a type of therapy that is guided by my clients, where I offer experience, skills and understanding that are specifically designed as steps to exploration and with you acquiring an understanding of self and situations that are translated in everyday life moments.
I hope that in reading my page you were able to find something of help and you will be in touch. And even if I am not the person you want to connect to, keep trying and never lose hope.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Combined Psychology
- Post Graduate Certificate Gender Studies
- FD Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Continued Professional Training:
- Post Graduate Diploma/ MA in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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Initial consultation is free.
Subsequent session fees will be assessed according to your needs, duration of contract and your financial situation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays 4pm to 9pm Thursdays 4pm to 9pm Fridays 9am to 6pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|