Philippa Vafadari (BA; MA; MBACP)
How can therapy help?
Psychotherapy can assist you in developing an understanding of issues that are troubling you and work out new ways of approaching situations that you find difficult. I work with adults aged 16 years and older, offering a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship specifically tailored to the individual’s needs.
I offer an integrated approach that is specifically tailored to you. I work within the therapeutic relationship to explore universal themes of how we relate to others, make meaning in our lives and take back control.
Integrative therapy combines different therapeutic approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. With my understanding of human development, I modify the work to fill in developmental gaps that affect each client in different ways. By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological thinking, integrative therapy is a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.
I previously worked as an actress, aerial circus artist and yoga teacher. My work in the arts not only makes me aware of the issues faced by artists and how the arts can be a wonderful part of the therapeutic process, but also that we can be creative in many small, surprising and rewarding ways in our everyday lives. My physical training as a yoga teacher and aerial performer has also helped me realise that sometimes words are not the only way we can express ourselves, and that the body reflects and stores an imprint of our emotional experiencing.
My own experience of therapy was first in my twenties and then in my forties. I found working with therapists that I could trust, who showed me empathy and did not judge me, invaluable in supporting me to grow and change. It was a gradual but inevitable progression from being a client to becoming a therapist myself.
My own life experiences have been many and varied. I am of mixed British and Iranian heritage and my family contains many cultures and faiths, which helps me to understand issues faced by migrants and their children. I have experienced personal bereavement, am married and have two teenage children.
Training, qualifications & experience
• MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton)
• Registered Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Academic & other training
• BA Dramatic Art (Scottish Royal Conservatoire)
• Aerial circus training (National Centre for Circus Arts)
• Sivananda Yoga Instructor (Narayni & Giris Rabinovitch)
• Vulnerable Adult and Child Safeguarding
Continued professional development
• Transitions – Adolescence into Adulthood – working with 18-25 year olds (Society for Analytical Psychology)
• Focusing (Eugene Gendlin)
• Iyengar Yoga
• Embodied Relational Yoga therapy
• Third Age training - working with older clients
I have been working for the past two years at The Rock Clinic, a psychodynamic clinic in Hove, as seeing clients in my own private practice in Central Hove. I also have worked at Dialogue Counselling Services for Schools and Colleges, where I counselled Sixth Form students.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist in working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) clients.
Specialist in working with chronic illness.
Specialist in working with issues faced by artists.
I am available during the day, some evenings and on Saturdays.
I charge £45 per 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Good French|
I currently have some spaces during the week and and Saturdays as well as some weekday evenings.
Types of client