Marilena Andreou BSc Hons, PG Cert, PG Dip CBT (BABCP Accredited)
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited) offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in North London (in Enfield) to adults and young people.
I am aware that everyone is different and no two people’s needs are the same. I pride myself in being an approachable therapist and will tailor the therapy according to individual needs. In addition, I deliver CBT in accordance with the NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) guidelines.
Often you may believe that things will never get better or that you will always feel this way. It may be a relatively new problem, or a problem that you have had for years. At times you may feel overwhelmed and as though you are unable to cope. There may be days where you can function, however there may be some days where just getting out of bed in the mornings can be a struggle. Sometimes people feel too embarrassed to tell someone about these feelings. Good news, you have already taken the first step.
That’s where Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you to overcome your difficulties and to help you gain a different perspective. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental place to help you achieve your individual goals.
I am an approachable person and I will tailor the therapy according to your individual needs. I strongly believe that therapy can work alongside medication, however medication alone is not always the answer. Talking therapies such as CBT can be very effective in treating people exhibiting a wide range of difficulties. My primary aim is to help people with their problem (s) by delivering CBT in the first instance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
- Postgraduate Diploma in CBT
- Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health (Primary Care)
- Psychology BSc (Honours)
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Supervision Training
Since I was an adolescent I have always had an interest in the way people think and why they behave the way they do. Post all of my academic achievements, I have been working in the mental health field for over 12 years and have helped many people with both short term and long term difficulties also achieve their personal goals.
I began working the mental health field in 2005, where I was employed as a practitioner in a secure psychiatric ward, dealing with young people and adults with difficulties such as: personality disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.
Subsequently, in 2007, I worked in the Community Outreach Team dealing with adults with problems such as: psychosis, schizoid affective disorder and schizophrenia.
In addition to my private practice, since 2009 I have been working in a primary care service. I currently practice as a CBT therapist, working with individuals ranging from mild to more severe presentations of anxiety and depression disorders such as: obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety, phobias, stress, panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia) and depression etc. My role also involves supervising psychological wellbeing practitioners ensuring they are practising safely within the NICE guidelines.
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 Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Appointments are available face-to-face, phone and via skype video.
Face-to-face (priced per session) :
Assessment - £90, lasting 50 minutes to an hour
Treatment - £80 lasting 50 minutes
Phone or Skype (priced per session) :
Assessment - £80, lasting 50 minutes to an hour
Treatment - £75, lasting 50 minutes.
Insurance companies accepted:
This is the initial meeting between the therapist and client. It usually lasts between 50 minutes to an hour. It gives you the chance to find out how the therapy works and provides an opportunity for us to explore your current problem(s), and for you to talk briefly about your goals moving forward.
After the assessment we will discuss if CBT may be suitable. If CBT is suitable, then we will agree on how to proceed with starting the therapy and number of sessions recommended to complete treatment.
The therapy sessions usually last 50 minutes and they take place the same day and time each week.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a type of psychotherapy based on the here and now, whilst taking into account any past experiences that may have influenced the way we react to situations. The notion is that our emotions, physical reactions and behaviours are influenced by our thoughts, beliefs and interpretation of specific situations.
Furthermore CBT proposes that an individual’s problem(s) are influenced by negative beliefs. CBT helps us to identify and to alter negative thoughts which in turn have a positive effect on changing behaviours and improving the way you feel.
CBT is a goal orientated and pro-active approach that gives the client a very active role in their treatment. For instance, tasks are often set in-between sessions aiming to practice the therapeutic interventions and these are also reflected upon in the sessions. CBT treatment is normally short term, the sessions are weekly appointments lasting 50 minutes.
Collaboratively with the therapist you will explore what your problem(s) are and develop a plan for tackling them. The total numbers of sessions needed are reviewed during therapy between the client and the therapist.
Through the use of a wide range of techniques, CBT can help you to generally cope better. You will learn strategies that you will be able to use whenever you need to. Moreover, you may find them helpful long after therapy has ended.
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