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Ondine Smulders, UKCP (accr.)

London W1G & SW7
07456 918 147 07456 918 147 Registered / Accredited

About me

These are strange times. Perhaps you find life is overwhelming you or maybe you are struggling with a sudden crisis? Have you lost your sense of direction? Do you feel down and is It affecting your quality of life, your relationships with family and friends? Maybe you are trying really hard to accept life as is, or no matter how hard you try to make changes, time and again you meet similar situations, recognisable patterns seem to be repeating themselves?

Whether you feel stressed or bereaved, experience anxiety or feel 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 exploratory 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 with mental illness in the NHS and at Mind. I also have experience working with cancer patients and domestic violence issues. I now work in private practice. In the past, I have run groups for anxiety and depression, and for cancer patients.

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) and the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Existential Analysis.

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 as a non-executive director in an energy-services company.

I am a multi-lingual therapist and able to work in English, Dutch, Spanish and French.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also work with employment issues including conflict at work, gender inequalities, inter-personal issues, communication, motivation/satisfaction, career development and unemployment.

I support clients dealing with long term illness, including their struggle with meaninglessness, isolation, identity, and fear of death and dying.

Given my expat status and third culture upbringing, I have a particular interest in working with expat and third culture issues including rootlessness, insider/outsider status, belonging, freedom, identity and home.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Fee: £85-£120 depending on the time of day. I offer a small number of low cost sessions.

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.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

In West London (W1), I work within six minutes of Oxford Circus and Bond Street tube stations.

In SW7 I work a few minutes from Gloucester Road tube station.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Dutch, Spanish & French

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Supervision

I believe that supervision is about becoming inquisitive about the relationship between our clients and ourselves.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Ondine Smulders, UKCP (accr.)

Ondine Smulders, UKCP (accr.)