Rayna Denitsova, PhD, PgDip, BACP, UKCP
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with experience in clinical and private settings. I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy which means that I am trying, alongside you, to find the underlying cause for your distress. We do this by discussing your experiences, feelings, recurrent dreams and memories.
There might be many reasons for feeling anxious or depressed. In my experience this often happens when we feel it is impossible to be our true selves in our relationships, families, or in the society in general. Other people might seem judgemental, distant or even cruel and the feeling of loneliness can be excruciating. In such cases it is important to reach out and find someone you can talk to instead of bottling everything up.
Sometimes new experiences in life affect us in certain ways because of previous traumas. People are often surprised that there is a connection between the way we feel now and our past, but the ways our first love objects have met our needs can have a profound impact on our mental health, self-esteem, and ability to pursue our desires in the present. Lack of understanding or conflicts with parents or siblings can affect your very sense of self and how you are in the world. You can't change your past but it is important to explore these so they don't determine your future.
My expertise is in interpersonal relationships and I use a combination of psychodynamic, attachment-based and Jungian approaches to help individuals think about their relationships. Relationships can be where we feel the most creative and alive but they can also leave us vulnerable to betrayal, abandonment, abuse, unhealthy dependancy, feelings of impotence and despair. My aim is to open a safe space where fears, doubts and anxieties around intimacy can be understood and worked through.
I also work with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, loss and bereavement. No matter if you have lost a loved one, ended a relationship, moved to another country or you are full of regrets for a life not lived, we can look into this together and start a journey of understanding and recovery.
To arrange an initial consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be in touch with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have done a rigorous training at WPF Therapy - one of the most established institutions in the UK. I hold a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and have a deep interest in the areas of culture, identity, and narratives that shape out thinking. I'm very interested in giftedness and I'm aware how vulnerable and sensitive gifted people can be. I have experience with student counselling and I work with young artists at Royal College of Art.
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.
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please feel free to get in touch and arrange an initial consultation. The initial consultation will allow us to discover how we feel working together and more about what has brought you to therapy. There is a fixed fee of £70 for the consultation. If after the consultation we decide to work together, an ongoing fee between £65 and £80 will be discussed and agreed between us.
Limited number of reduced fee spaces are available for students and the unemployed.