Pavlos Tosounidis PGDip (MBACP)
The first session
In the first session I will come and greet you and show you to the room. We will sit comfortably in our armchairs with a drink of water and discuss what brings you to me, your expectations and your goals. We will use that time to see if we are the right fit for each other, what days and times would be best for us to meet (if you choose to continue) and also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have. At the end we shake hands and you leave. You take as much time as you need to think whether having counselling with me is right for you and when you are ready you get in touch and we book the next session.
How I work?
If I were to describe the way I work in a few words I would say that you will be guiding the course of therapy and together we work towards finding the best way to improve your life. This is usually done by examining and challenging strongly held and rigid assumptions whilst discovering how your beliefs and values are guiding your life.
I do not believe there is a recipe on how to live life to the fullest or a universally accepted right or wrong way to do things. Therefore, much like a problem is specific to a person, the solution should be tailored to them.
I encourage existential exploration, through which the client can unpack and understand their beliefs, qualities, processes, values and in general the way they relate to people and things.
What you can expect from me
You can expect from me empathy, genuineness and sincerity as well as unconditional positive regard; that means no judgement! I put aside my assumptions and let you reveal yourself to me, honouring your individuality. The sessions will be filled with exploration, understanding, meaning making, emotions and laughter. I am confident I can make you feel comfortable and safe in the counselling space.
For couples, I provide a platform for you to explore your relationship. I will not take sides. I aim to help both of you find your individual voices and re-evaluate your roles. That will usually take us to how both of you have evolved in the relationship and how the relationship itself has evolved as a result. We will explore and analyse how everything is affecting the here-and-now of your lives and reconstruct it into something that works, is sustainable and makes you happy.
In general my goal for my clients' therapy is to make myself redundant by helping you understand your life, discover yourself and create your own coping strategies.
Frequency and length of therapy
I offer both open-ended and time-limited therapy. Sessions are usually weekly but depending on your circumstances we can adjust this to meet your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BsC in Psychology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).
- Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Brighton).
- Drugs and Alcohol addiction specialist training by CGL
- Gambling addiction specialist training by Gamcare.
I have been working with addiction for many years, in various settings, both in English and in Greek. I have been delivering psychoeducational workshops on addiction prevention whilst working as a counsellor/therapist with individuals and couples. I am currently working with Breakeven, helping clients with gambling addiction as well as their families and friends. My private practice covers a plethora of aspects, in a more holistic approach, not necessarily related to addiction.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 per 50' session for individuals. I do offer a free initial 30 minute consultation to see if we are the right fit for each other.
The fee for couples is £60. The 30' initial consultation applies here, as well.
I currently offer concessions for key workers and those affected by the pandemic. Get in touch to discuss options.