Sanna Savolainen-Shankley, Dip.Psych, UKCP Reg, MBACP

Sanna Savolainen-Shankley, Dip.Psych, UKCP Reg, MBACP



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About me

Hello, my name is Sanna. I am qualified and experienced psychotherapist offering both short-term and long-term psychotherapy. I work with individuals who either bring a single issue or are experiencing wide range of difficulties in many areas of their lives. I use an integrative approach, drawing on a variety of therapeutic ideas and techniques to fit the therapy to your needs.

Most people are faced with unexpected events and experience emotional problems at some stage in their lives and need to come to terms with pain, loss, illness, loneliness or relationship problems. You might find yourself struggling with anxiety, compulsive or addictive behaviours, and you may sometimes feel low and down or angry and frustrated not sure why that is.

Counselling and Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore yourself and your life circumstances in a safe and confidential space, so that new choices can emerge and new perspectives can be opened up. You are invited to talk about all aspects of yourself - your past experiences, current relationships, future ambitions, emotional life, values and beliefs – no matter how challenging or scary it might seem.

Truly sharing one's experiences and being listened to without judgement has a transformative effect in itself.

My aim is to provide a safe, supportive environment which may also be challenging if needed.

What are my next steps?
Please feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you would like to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  We can then arrange to meet for an initial consultation to see if it feels right for us to work together.  You are under no obligation to continue after an initial consultation. If you decide to go ahead with therapy you may choose to work short or long term, this can be discussed in the assessment and reviewed further along in therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma Integrative Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE).

I have 8 years of experience working closely with people diagnosed and living with HIV /AIDS at Terrence Higgins Trust, in addition to considering emotional issues connected with sexual health and relationships. My earlier experience includes working as a nurse with people with learning disabilities. The experience I received in this work supports and complements my work as a private therapist.

I also have an interest in the areas of bereavement, abortion, living without having children (either through choice or otherwise) and those living with chronic medical conditions demanding long term medication and treatment.

I am an accredited member of the UKCP ( and registered with the BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), abiding by their Code of Ethics. I have regular supervision and I regularly take part in diverse training programmes to enhance my education.

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Individual psychotherapy and counselling is £45 per session.

Maps & Directions

Chiswick, W4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Finnish


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekday daytimes. Weekday evenings.

Types of client

Older adults