• Home
  • >Patrizia Vadala

About me

I am a warm, easy to talk to, and empathic counsellor who takes care to establish a warm and trusting relationship with my clients from day one. I believe everyone’s experience is unique and important, and will provide you with a safe space and a sense of being held and understood, so that you will become increasingly able to explore your difficult feelings and any possible burdens, and finally to make sense of any emotional suffering you are experiencing.

Totally committed to you, my clients, I strive for your growth and empowerment, and to bring about long-lasting improvements to your well-being.

As a Gestalt Counsellor I integrate into my work elements of Mindfulness and breathing techniques to find the ways of regulating anxiety which work best for you. In my practice I draw mainly on Attachment-based approaches and on the latest researches in the field of neuroscience, that means I am able to help you understand yourself from many different perspectives including looking at your patterns of attachment to important people in your past and present life, and what neuroscience and the field of interpersonal neurobiology is able to tell us about how our brains are wired for both survival and relationship.

I support clients in long-term open-ended practice and in short-term time-limited therapy, and have considerable experience helping clients dealing with depression, low mood, sense of loss, family or relationship problems, anxiety, sex, gender and sexuality issues, self-harm, concerns around work and career, self-esteem and self-worth issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Gestalt Counsellor and Psycho-Pedagogic Body Movement Practitioner (a method that gives great importance to the body-somatic experience in order to achieve a greater awareness), a registered member of the BACP and accredited with the CNCP, (National Council for Professional Counsellors).

In addition I have specialist trainings in Attachment and Trauma focused therapy, Interpersonal neurobiology and has recently trained in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) a new psychodynamic approach which recognises how positive transformational moments in therapy can lead to profound change in remarkably short lengths of time.

I have experience in working with the NHS, charities and schools, with clients from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations and I deeply believe in the impact and importance of culture and ethnicity on everyone’s wellbeing.

I run a private practice at The Awareness Centre in Tooting and Clapham, in other clinics in South West London, and around Twickenham, where I live.

I work in English and Italian.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & 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.


Additional information

Individual sessions:

up to 50 minutes, 70/80£

First meeting/assessment: 60 min, 100£

Our initial meeting would be an assessment session to determine:

- what brings you to counselling

- once identified the real trigger for you seeking for support

- how it can best be approached and

- for us to decide whether we can work effectively together.

On line therapy (email, chat, skype) from 65£ (up to 50 min)

Home visits: 160£ / 250£ (may vary according to distance) (up to 60 min)

Prior to home visits, we will have from 1 to 3 sessions at my private practise in SW London, unless differently agreed.

Group sessions: please contact me for details.

Further information

I engage in on-going personal and professional development to ensure a high standard of therapeutic support.

I abide by the UKCP and BACP professional codes and am bound by the ethics of these organisations for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Awareness Centre
41 Abbeville Road


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Additional languages



Patrizia Vadala

Patrizia Vadala