Dr Nikos Tsigaras Counselling Psychologist & Couples Therapist (F2F/online)
Welcome! I am Nikos, an experienced and highly qualified Chartered Psychologist offering face to face & online counselling and psychotherapy to adults, couples and families in Kensington and Liverpool Street. I endeavour to provide an ethical and confidential service tailored to your individual needs. I specialize in trauma, anxiety & work stress, depression, and relationship challenges. I am originally from Greece, but have completed all of my training in the UK.
I have 10+ years experience helping both individuals and couples recover from entrenched and repetitive blocks, overcome present challenges, and live more fulfilling lives. Anxiety, low mood & self-esteem, self-criticism, work stress, feelings of abandonment & failure, difficulties attracting/keeping partners, loneliness & disconnection are issues I work with daily. My clients have often experienced adverse events such as childhood neglect or abuse, bullying, bereavement, difficulties conceiving, and major life transitions. Many people have suffered by changes at work like restructuring, promotion, redundancy, and new management.
I have trained and practiced in the main 3 models: psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioural (CBT). I offer a safe space to help you clarify how you think, feel & behave, and identify the underlying patterns/root causes. This can also involve processing unresolved loss & trauma stemming from toxic childhood experiences.
I worked in the NHS for a number of years with the full spectrum of needs in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings with both outpatients and inpatients, individuals, groups, and families.
Difficulties that are chronic & complicated can be worked through if we give ourselves time to think about these with another person. So many lack real support in their lives and therapy can provide the first step to regaining connection, learning what has gone wrong, activating growth, and becoming the person we were always meant to be. Do get in touch.
Trauma and abuse, complex trauma and PTSD
Anxiety: generalised, panic disorder, OCD, social phobia
Chronic health conditions
Loss of interest, meaning, or direction, chronic feelings of emptiness, boredom or agitation
Training, qualifications & experience
I have practiced as a psychologist for over 10 years and have extensive experience in helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma.
A significant part of my practice consists of offering couples therapy or marriage counselling. People have seen me because of difficulties in communication, affairs, extensive arguing, chronic resentment.
I am registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the organisation that regulates psychology in the UK. I am also chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is the gold standard of practice for British psychologists. I abide by the code of ethics and standards of practice of both organisations. You can locate my registration details by clicking on the above links.
I am originally from Greece (and can offer therapy in Greek, as well as English) and completed 8 years of psychology training in in the UK. I worked in the NHS for a number of years with the full spectrum of needs in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings with both outpatients and inpatients, individuals, groups, and families.
In addition to my doctoral training, I hold a number of post graduate qualifications including an MSc in the theory of psychoanalysis, and an MSc in work psychology which assists me in understanding the impact of work, or lack of it, on a person's well-being.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples counselling, marriage counselling, family counselling
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
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Sessions for self-funding clients are charged as follows:
Initial consultation for individuals: £120 for 50 minutes
Initial consultation for couples and families: £140 for 50 minutes
Individuals: £120 for 50 minutes
Couples: £140 for 50 minutes
Families: £140 for 50 minutes
Payment is made at the end of each session by cash or card. I am registered with a number of insurance companies such as BUPA, BUPA International, Vitality, Aviva, Cigna, and WPA. You will likely need to have a meeting with a GP who can approve your request for therapy before accessing my service. If in doubt do not hesitate to call me on 07805945233.
I see clients once/week with more frequent meetings available depending on individual need.
What is a Doctor of Psychology?
Please bear in mind that "counsellor", "therapist", and "psychotherapist" are not legally protected titles in this country and anyone can use them. A psychologist is a specialist in mental health and well-being that has trained at the highest level by completing a doctoral degree. It takes a minimum of 6-8 years to qualify as a Doctor of Psychology. "Counselling Psychologist" is a protected title, regulated by the Health and Care professions Council. You can check my registration details here.
Who comes to therapy?
People come to therapy because they are unhappy with some aspect of their life and their attempts to resolve problems so far have not been successful. The different sections of the website and blog provide detailed information on individual, couple, and family therapy.
Does therapy work?
There is extensive research evidence about the effectiveness of therapy for a wide variety of difficulties.
How do I go about arranging an initial consultation?
Please ring 07805945233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set a date and time that suits you.
Can I use my insurance policy?
Yes, I am registered with BUPA, Aviva, Cigna, Vitality, and WPA. You may need to have a meeting with a GP or psychiatrist who can approve your request for therapy before accessing my service. If in doubt do not hesitate to call me on 07805945233.
What can I expect during the initial consultation
This is an opportunity to discuss what you need help with. I know that meeting for the first time can be anxiety provoking and I am experienced with helping people manage these feelings. A consultation may result in a recommendation for therapy, a further meeting to gain more clarity on the situation, or a referral to another professional.
I am nor really sure if I should be looking at individual, couple, or family therapy.
We can usually speak briefly on the phone before arranging a consultation. You can also attend an initial consultation on your own and we can then consider inviting other members of the family. We will think about this together.
What if I come to see you and I don't think that your services are appropriate for me?
My priority is what is in your best interests. I will assist you in finding a therapist/service provider that can meet your needs.
What happens if we agree to work together?
We discuss your goals for therapy and how we will approach these. We set a time and day each week which is reserved for your use.
Do I need to come every week?
I understand that people have multiple commitments in their lives. I want to make every possible effort to accommodate these. However, I am also aware that for therapy to be effective this frequency is necessary. Coming less frequently does not provide the momentum necessary, slows down progress, and extends the time that you need to attend.
How long will it take?
One of the advantages of accessing private therapy is that duration is based solely on your needs and not dictated by external factors such as organisational restrictions. The aim of therapy is to transfer knowledge and skills and eventually to make the therapist redundant. In order to achieve this, time needs to be invested in order to secure long lasting change.
Will you tell me what to do or give me advice?
The aim of therapy is to help you make more sense of your thoughts and feelings, and how you relate to yourself and other people. A therapist is an expert in helping people and you are an expert in yourself. You will be working as a team in order to gain an in-depth understanding of your problems and to effect lasting change.
Isn't therapy expensive?
Therapy is very cost-effective. In my experience people can spend significant amounts of money on holidays, clothes, gadgets, and other things that only give short-term relief. Therapy is an investment. It is, in a sense, an educational activity that confers emotional skills that can last a lifetime. People also find that when they gain more clarity about their situations they tend to make better financial decisions that can offset the initial cost of therapy.
Are sessions confidential?
Most definitely. The only instances where I would extend the limits of confidentiality is if I became seriously concerned about harm coming to you or others around you, if you were involved in serious crime, or if your records were requested by a court. In these cases I would endeavour to first talk with you. I also receive regular supervision to ensure a high standard of professional practice and clients are presented anonymously. Supervisors are also bound by codes of confidentiality and ethical practice of their professional organisations.
What if there is a serious emergency between sessions?
I will always plan with you what to do to keep yourself safe and can refer you to psychiatry colleagues for additional support during your therapy. As I do not operate a crisis service, and cannot guarantee my availability outside your session times, if you are in need of urgent support you can visit your GP, local accident and emergency department, or telephone the Samaritans (08457909090).
What if something bothers me during therapy?
It is not uncommon for people to sometimes struggle with difficult thoughts and feelings in therapy and this is usually a good sign that important work is taking place. I encourage you to give me regular feedback about anything that concerns you. If at any point you wish to raise a complaint you can do so through the Health and Care Professions Council.
I have a question that is not listed here.
Arranging an initial consultation is a good opportunity to bring such questions up and does not commit you to starting therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday 9am to 5pm Tuesday 9am to 8.30pm Wednesday 9am to 8.30pm Thursday 9am to 8.30pm Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|