Ondine Smulders, UKCP (accr.)
07456 918 147
Are you dealing with a crisis or feeling overwhelmed by life? Have you lost your sense of direction or do you just want to talk about a particular issue? I am here to listen to you and provide you with the space to explore your experiences, feelings, emotions.
As psychotherapist, I offer a safe and confidential setting to help you explore and clarify areas of your life where you are struggling. No subject is off limits and I will not ask you to talk about anything you do not feel comfortable with, nor will I tell you what to do.
I consider therapy a special conversation in which you can talk about what is important to you and I pay careful attention so that I may come to understand you, your relationships and your world.
I hope our work will help you to get to know yourself better. It may assist you to explore new avenues and to face life’s challenges with different eyes, both today and in the future.
I can work both long-term or in a time-limited way. I will see individuals aged 18-100, and offer therapy covering a broad range of issues.
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.
You can decide how long your therapy will last, be that a few sessions or several months or even years.
Training, qualifications & experience
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).
I have experience of providing both long-term and short-term individual therapy. I extensively worked in the NHS and at Mind. I have facilitated groups for anxiety and depression.
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 board advisory role.
I am a multi-lingual therapist and able to work in English, Dutch, Spanish and French.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Given my expat status and third culture upbringing, I have a particularly 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: £80-£120 depending on the location/time of day.
Limited concessions available between 12-4pm. Please feel free to ask me about this during our introductory meeting.
Please note that no-shows or cancellations within three working days will be charged in full. 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|
Daytime sessions available; limited evening sessions.
Types of client