Oded Reitten

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BA, MA, Adv Dip Exis Psy, SEA UKCP accred
Available for new clients
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London E5 & E8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Being a human being is complicated; it is an endless shift between connecting and disconnecting, succeeding and failing, experiencing the brighter and darker sides of existence. Starting this personal work is a conscious choice to turn deep questions and personal struggles into a conversation and see what emerges from it; but also fundamentally, it expresses an attempt to both accept and change our lives. 

The work I do with people is not directed by theory, but by intuition. I seek to reach towards what can never be fully understood and make space for what is already there, waiting to open.

I think psychotherapy can be experienced and understood in different ways as it offers many things at once, and different things at different times. As human beings, we have a basic need to express our experiences to others. Living life without finding an expression to how we see and feel things can be very difficult, if not painful. Therapy offers a set-up where you can express yourself, and with the help of the therapist become more aware of the obstacles that you encounter in expressing your experience to another person. It can encourage you to express the more vague and ambiguous areas of your emotional experience; the ones you can feel but find hard to put into words.

My orientation to psychotherapy has its roots in Existential philosophy. Existential philosophy explores the complexity of being human; it invites us to observe and re-evaluate the way we see and understand the world we live in. My approach is relational. We don’t have others we are ‘of ‘ them. The conversation in therapy emphasises this interconnected reality and allows us to closely explore the way we affect each other. 

Interactions with others will always change us to some degree, but I think we are different in our susceptibility to be changed through interactions. To accept the change that any interaction can offer to the way one views their world is to accept that what one ‘knows’ about oneself and the world is never complete. People often desire connection, but are afraid of the change it brings to the way they think. When one ‘stretches’ towards another person, one is ‘stretching’ their own self and their horizons of understanding. Therapy is a place where your experience of being with others can be transformed.

Although it may seem contradictory to some clients, I think therapy is not about change so much as it is about acknowledging what life is like right now, with the aspects we sometime prefer to deny. Through learning and teaching meditation for many years I found that a significant part of the stress and suffering that we experience stems from our incessant wish that reality would be different from how it is experienced right now. The practice of therapy for me is a kind of meditation, sitting with it, observing and acknowledging what is already happening and is actually taking place.

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic experience -

Certificate training in Group Facilitation, The Gestalt Centre, London.

Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, Regent’s University, London.

MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, Regent’s University, London.

BA  Psychology & Sociology, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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Fees

£90.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Concessions according to availability - can be discussed and agreed in person during the initial session.

When I work

Monday - Friday

450 Kingsland Road, London, Greater London, E8 4AE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Hebrew

Oded Reitten
Oded Reitten