Dr Magda Evans Chartered Psychologist / Psychotherapist / Trauma Informed
There are times in our lives when we can feel overwhelmed by our circumstances and life events and wonder whom we can to turn to for help. Our relatives, friends and colleagues may not be as responsive and as helpful as we would like and talking to them may cause additional problems for us. There may also be the fear that other people may find out that we're having difficulties with certain aspects of our lives that we don't want them to know. Psychotherapy may be the answer.
Typical concerns include such things as: In crisis, Stress, Generalised Anxiety, Feeling Pressured or Overwhelmed, Anger, Fear, Depression, Lack of Confidence and Self-Esteem, Trauma, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Food, Drink and Drugs Issues, Work Issues, Not Reaching your Potential, Isolation and Loneliness, Illness, Bereavement and Loss, Life Change Challenges, Personal Development.
Our brains and nervous systems have been shaped by our early relationships and our interactions with the world. This means that psychological distress is often linked to deep feelings and old patterns of behaviour as well as ingrained ideas about ourselves and other people of which we are unaware. Psychotherapy helps increase our awareness of our feelings, thoughts and actions and by engaging in an experiential process we can re-wire our brain and nervous system. The result is increased emotional well-being, resilience, living more in the present as well as feeling more integrated; calmer yet stronger both within ourselves and in our relationships with others.
Who am I?
I am a Chartered Psychologist as well as an Integrative-Relational Psychotherapist incorporating psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, CBT, mindfulness, developmental, and attachment theories in my practice. I am also a neurobiological and trauma informed practitioner and more recently have incorporated AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) into my practice. My training and range of experience enables me to help you generate healing and enduring change within yourself. As such I can offer you a highly personalised approach that can be tailored to your needs and wants.
How do I work?
You will find me an engaged, active, and, at the same time a calm and emotionally present psychotherapist who will focus on making our contact feel as safe as possible for you.
Neurobiological and psychotherapy research studies show that important areas of the brain can become strengthened and more stable when thoughts, feelings and experiences are deepened, experienced and fully processed within a safe therapeutic relationship.
Therapy is a journey of self-discovery that we engage in together and I will support you to reflect on and understand yourself better. This collaborative journey will increase your self-awareness and psychological well-being as well as enable you to manage your emotions, relationships and life’s challenges in healthier ways.
As the healing work progresses you will develop insight, greater self-trust, increased self-confidence and self-worth. Other gains are in self-awareness, self-compassion and resilience which leads to increased well-being, engagement and enjoyment in living a more fulfilled life.
What happens if you contact me?
If you think that therapy may be for you please get in touch by email and, if you would like, we can can arrange to have a chat on the phone (no charge).
If you would like to take this a step further a session can be booked for an initial visit and assessment. Our first meeting will be an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to decide whether I'm the right therapist for you.
It may be that you only need one session of therapy to talk things through and that will be enough. Short term may be up 6-10 sessions and this can be enough to help you through a difficult time. Longer-term (e.g. 6 months or more) may be appropriate if you've had issues that have been with you for years. At the end of the assessment, we will agree to what terms feel right for you at this particular time.
If we agree to weekly sessions we will fix a day and time slot that will be yours for however long you wish to have therapy. We will then schedule these appointments at a mutually agreeable time. Therapy works best if you can commit to a 50 minute session at the same time every week. Throughout the course of therapy we will review how we’re doing as well as our session arrangements.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training: Practitioner Doctorate - Metanoia Institute / Middlesex University
Awarded: Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and Associate Fellow BPS (AFBPsS)
DCPsych: Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Assessment & Psychological Testing
Practitioner Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) Level 2
My research explored how clients experienced their brief-term therapy and the therapeutic relationship with trainee integrative therapists. I am a published researcher and have presented this work at research and practitioner conferences.
I am on the online BPS Directory of Chartered Psychologists, registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and on a voluntary register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I adhere to their principles and ethics, and confidentiality, within strict guidelines, is guaranteed.
Additionally I have regular consultation to ensure high quality professional practice. This is standard practice within this profession.
I am also committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which means updating my skills & knowledge by attending regular workshops, training & conferences.
My private practice is in Chiswick and I welcome people of different nationalities, social-cultural or religious backgrounds and with different occupations and professions. (English speakers only)
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Boarding school survivors
My fees are £70 for a 50 minute session during the day.
Evenings: From 5pm my fees are £75.
Health Insurance Providers: Aviva, AXA PPP, Cigna, Vitality Health