Ondine Smulders, UKCP (accr.)
Is life overwhelming you or has a crisis erupted that you are struggling to cope with? Have you lost your sense of direction? Perhaps you feel down and it is affecting your quality of life, your relationships? Or maybe you are trying really hard to change your life and yet, time and again you meet similar situations, recognisable patterns seem to be repeating themselves?
Whether you feel stressed or bereaved, anxious or depressed, uncertain about the future and worried about work, I am here to listen to you and provide you with the space to explore your experiences, feelings, emotions.
As psychotherapist, I offer a confidential setting where you can get away from the treadmill of life. In my room you can feel safe and I will help you explore and clarify areas of your life where you are struggling. I will work with you to optimise a better understanding of yourself and will encourage you to gain a broader perspective on your life. This may assist you to explore new avenues and to face life’s challenges with different eyes, both today and in the future.
What to expect
Starting therapy can be daunting. I understand that it can be hard to confide your thoughts and feelings in a stranger.
For therapy to work, it is important that you feel safe and comfortable. I therefore offer an introductory meeting so that you will be better able to decide whether you feel at ease talking to me and whether my approach is right for you. The meeting does not oblige you to start therapy. The decision to proceed is yours entirely.
If you decide to begin therapy, we will agree on a mutually convenient weekly time slot. Each therapy session will last 50 minutes from the time scheduled.
I will see individuals aged 18-100, and offer therapy covering a broad range of issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of providing both long-term and short-term individual therapy. I worked for years in the NHS and at Mind. I now work in private practice and for Breast Cancer Haven, a charity that supports women with breast cancer; I also run a group for women with Breast Cancer at BCH. In the past, I have facilitated groups for anxiety and depression.
I am a qualified psychotherapist. I have a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) from Regent's University.
I am accredited through the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and abide by its code of Ethics and Conduct. As part of this code, I receive supervision from a UKCP-accredited supervisor and undertake regular further training and personal development. I am a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA - www.existentialanalysis.org.uk).
Before training as a Psychotherapist, I worked for more than a decade in investment banking followed by more than a decade as an economist/political analyst in a think-tank/publishing house. My banking and publishing jobs gave me first-hand experience of the highly competitive and stressful nature of these work environments. I maintain my involvement in business with a non-executive director role in an energy-services company.
I am a multi-lingual therapist and able to work in English, Dutch, Spanish and French.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Given my expat status and third culture upbringing, I have a particular interest in working with expat and third culture issues including Brexit anxiety, rootlessness, belonging, freedom, identity and home.
I support clients who struggle with mid-life issues including menopause & andropause, lack of meaning, mid-life crisis, and fear of growing old and dying.
I also work with employment issues including conflict at work, inter-personal issues, communication, motivation/satisfaction, career development and unemployment.
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Fee: £85-£120 depending on the location/time of day.
Please note that no-shows or cancellations within three working days will be charged in full.
All cancellations or rescheduling need to be made on Monday-Friday.
In West London (W1), I work within five minutes of Oxford Circus and Bond Street tube stations.
In the City (EC1), I work within easy walking distance of the Barbican and Farringdon stations.
Unfortunately there is no disabled access at the EC1 office which is a third-floor walk up.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Dutch, Spanish & French|
Types of client