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Rialda Sebek - psychoanalytic psychotherapist, MA, BACP, UKCP registered

London, NW1 8XY
07787576811 07787576811 Registered / Accredited

About me


What to expect:

My primary task is to listen to you very carefully, to hear your needs and offer a working therapeutic relationship that will serve you to engage with and process your emotional responses and increase your capacity for self reflection.

My role is to engage with you  in a dialogue while at the same time being observant of  the dynamics of therapeutic relationship and how the unconscious phenomena manifest themselves in that context.

I appreciate that taking the first step can be daunting. That is why I consider it important to stress that  the least you can expect is a non judgmental approach, strict confidentiality and opportunity to talk in a safe environment.

Human suffering can take many forms.My ethos is guided by the belief that every person is unique.That's why I invite you to talk and we can endeavour together to find the meaning in that suffering to facilitate change.

You can find more details about my approach and bio on my web site. Whatever the reason may be that you are seeking psychotherapy it is important to stress I   work with individuals and underlying dynamics of their specific dillemas and conflicts not just diagnoses.

Would my approach be the right one for you?

The therapeutic services I offer are tailored to the needs of the individual patient. We shall proceed at a pace and rhythm suitable to your  particular circumstances  and ability to process the work undertaken. As a general  guide you can expect a minimum of once a week therapy. If we come to a mutual agreement to start psychotherapy then we shall  work out the schedule of meetings and consultation fees.

Talking therapy can help us gain a greater degree of freedom and control over our lives rather then being driven by destructive impulses. To give ourself a chance of fulfilling our potential we need to get to know ourselves.

Psychic development is not automatic; it is an earned and worked through evolutionary process.

Our internal landscapes  are inhabited by a multitude of unconscious thoughts and expectations deeply rooted in the early stages of life. The solutions we found the most effective in response to challenges in childhood, could later on transform into sedimented patterns hindering our progress in life. This is why it is useful to unpack  and understand them to the best of our abilities.

Psychoanalytic approach is orientated towards working through blocks that impede our development. The accent is on resolving problems and opening channels for growth instead of merely prescribing a set of techniques to alleviate them. The purpose of this endeavour is to facilitate change.

The human being is not an isolated self  but an eminently social and political animal. In therapeutic work the way one is being in the world and how she/ he relates  to the sense of self in the family, group, society  will also play an important part of  therapeutic exploration.

What can I expect to happen in therapeutic process?

During therapy, complex emotions can be stirred but they need to be available for exploration. Therapeutic work  tends to open up a whole reservoir of feelings, thoughts and urges that may be outside of your conscious awareness but actively informing your relational patterns, sense of self and  the way of life.

The same blocks that  hold you back from living a creative life, feeling content with yourself and developing good relationships, will emerge in therapeutic relationship. In therapy we shall explore what they are and how they came  into being influencing your life beyond your awareness.


Psychotherapy is work. To make the best of your time and investment it is important to find the therapist with whom you can strike a good alliance and develop a meaningful relationship which will be a supportive platform for especially in difficult times.

I always offer an initial interview/ assessment. This, 'one off' session lasts up to 90 minutes and gives you an opportunity to talk about anything you want and get a feel of what it's like for you to engage with me in a dialogue. I get a chance to find out more about your life and current circumstances. Towards the end of that session you and I will explore a possibility of working together in psychotherapy and set out a time framework, frequency of sessions and the fees

Why making an investment into psychotherapy?

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy involves a time commitment  and a willingness to explore the issues of concern in order to get a greater insight into your psychic reality and the way you relate.

While this kind of work may sound quite demanding it is potentially very rewarding and its thoroughness could bring longer term benefits.

Training, qualifications & experience


M.A. Psychoanalysis - Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

Foundation and Post foundation Course in Psychoanalysis - Institute of Psychoanalysis

M.A. Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling - Sheffield University

M.A. Comparative Literature - University of  Belgrade

Extensive clinical experience in charity sector, private practice and NHS : Gordon Hospital CHWL NHS Trust, Maudsley Hospital- SLAM and Goodmeyes Hospital NELFT - Frida Kahlo Ward. I have also worked with children and adolescents.


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.


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

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Sexuality
  • creative blocks
  • performance anxiety
  • life crisis
  • loss of meaning
  • repetitive dysfunctional relational patterns
  • psychotherapy for couples
  • psychotherapy via SKYPE

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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The fees will be determined taking into consideration frequency of sessions, duration of the therapy and your individual circumstances.

They range from £85 individuals  and £175 couples.

Unless agreed well in advance, missed sessions will be charged the regular fee. If given more then 48 hours notice, I shall endeavour to offer you an alternative time but that may not always be possible.

I have a limited availability for those who are interested in undergoing a minimum of two years therapy with attendance of four times a week. Sliding scale may apply to students of psychotherapy and trainees with clinical placements.

There will be regular breaks and holidays during the course of therapy of which you will be notified well in advance.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information


My professional background in film industry and 20 years in journalism helps me to be more informed of the nature  of  work  and demands met by individuals whose artistic process also provides for living.

Artists may find themselves  under pressure  of specific external stressors  having a negative impact  on their sources of creativity leaving them overwhelmed with intolerable inner conflict.

In my role as a therapist I was engaged with many artists who  wanted to ‘loosen up‘ and  move in a way that would feed back into their work.

Talking therapy was a vehicle of transformation enabling them to articulate their relationship with inhibitors and work through the blockages by creating a language that could penetrate into their creative modes of being. The focus is not on the finished product of the art but on the process of making contact  with the creative springs which lie outside of one’s control.

Primrose Hill Practice
Berkeley Grove

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Serbo-Croatian


Please note that due to Covid I offer therapy and supervision only via SKYPE; Late appointments after 9 pm are possible

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Rialda Sebek - psychoanalytic psychotherapist, MA, BACP, UKCP registered

Rialda Sebek - psychoanalytic psychotherapist, MA, BACP, UKCP registered