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.
Typical concerns include such things as: In crisis, Stress, Feeling Pressured, Anger, Generalised Anxiety, Fear, Depression, Lack of Confidence and Self-Esteem, Trauma, PTSD, Relationship Difficulties, Food, Drink and Drugs Issues, Work Issues, Not Reaching your Potential, Isolation, Loneliness, Illness, Bereavement and Loss, Life Change Challenges, Personal Development.
Having counselling or therapy does not mean that you have a mental illness. Psychological distress is often linked to deeper feelings, patterns of behaviour and deep seated ideas about ourselves or other people of which we are unaware. There is no failure in wanting to have therapy and I do understand how uncomfortable it can feel to imagine that you may have to discuss intimate, shameful or embarrassing issues. For my part I will honour you as the individual that you are and will do my best to make you feel at ease throughout the process.
How do I work?
I offer you an experience of being deeply listened to and understood within a warm and secure space in comfortable surroundings – a place where you can bring your problems, feelings and thoughts. I work in an empathic, supportive, emotionally engaged way seeking to help you become stronger at your broken places. I focus on moment to moment tracking of what is arising emotionally, physically and cognitively and I will be curious about your deeper experiences that underlie your thoughts and behaviours as this will be the way through for change and healing. For example, when your mind turns to negative thinking maybe what you’re actually feeling is hurt and sadness and I will help you become more compassionate so that you are able to acknowledge these feelings without judgement.
It is a journey of self-discovery that we engage in together and I will support you to reflect on and understand yourself better. I work relationally, emotionally and experientially and so I will be interested in your emotions, your past and present experiences and on your experiences in therapy. This will not only increase your self-awareness and psychological well-being but will also enable you to manage your emotions, relationships and life’s challenges in healthier ways.
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 neurobiologically and trauma informed practitioner. My training and range of experience enables me to help and guide you to work through your problems. As such I can offer you a highly personalised approach tailored to your needs and wants.
As the healing work progresses clients find that they begin to understand themselves better and experience greater self-trust that builds-up their self-confidence and self-worth. They also gain 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'd like, we can arrange to have a chat. I will do my best to make this as easy as possible for you because I know that taking the first step can be difficult - and, of course, there is no obligation to proceed further if you don't want to.
If you would like to take this a step further email me and we can book a session 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. At the end of this assessment session, we can either agree that one session is sufficient or arrange for a series of weekly sessions.
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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Boarding school survivors
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
My fees are £65 for a 50 minute session during the day.
Evenings: From 5pm my fees are £70.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes and evening appointments
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|