Sarai Monk MA Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, MBACP Reg Counsellor
Deciding to take up therapy can feel like a daunting and uncertain step. If you are suffering in some way, or if something just doesn't seem right in you, I offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can explore whether therapy is something you think might be helpful for you at this time in your life.
Many different reasons can bring someone to therapy. It may be you want things to be different, but feel stuck and unable to change. Perhaps you have suffered from trauma, abuse, or loss. You may be going through a difficult transition. If you feel overwhelmed, terribly unhappy, or alone, then talking with a professional can help. My focus is on your emotional wellbeing. I provide a safe and confidential space to think and talk about things together. Whether your problems are rooted in the past or something more recent, I believe long lasting change is possible by exploring the underlying meaning of your thoughts and feelings, behaviour, and relationships with others. A psychodynamic approach focuses on assisting you to work through dynamics that might be keeping you in a way of being that is inhibiting or painful, so that you can come alive and reach your potential in life. Simply call or email me to discuss further to to book an initial consultation.
I have a special interest in anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. I work as a psychotherapist in the specialist Trauma Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
I am a senior yoga teacher (YAP accredited, 2002) and have extensive knowledge of working with mindfulness, somatic symptoms and the link between the mind and body.
I trained in Inter-cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the world renowned Tavistock Clinic. I have an MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the University of Essex, and a certificate in counselling skills from The WPF. I am MBACP registered.
Your Counselling Sessions
I start with an initial assessment consultation, which takes place over two sessions. During this time we can think together about whether psychodynamic therapy is something that is suitable for you, while you can ask questions, experience how I work, and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me.
Most of my work is open ended, however time limited treatment is also possible, please discuss with me if you would like a time limited therapy.
Sessions last 50 minutes and take place weekly at the agreed time, except during bank holidays and breaks (summer, Easter, and Christmas).
About my Practice
I practice from Raynes Park, and Tooting. Raynes Park has free on street parking at various times on Oakwood Rd and Cambridge Rd, and off street parking available on request. I am a few minutes walk from the 57 bus route (Cambridge Rd stop), or a 10 minute walk from Raynes Park rail station.
My practice in Tooting runs on Thursdays at The Awareness Centre, which is minutes from Tooting Bec underground station.
Other Relevant Information
I adhere to the BACP code of ethics and good practice, and undertake regular supervision as specified by the BACP guidelines.
I am committed to continuing my professional development and keep up to date with the latest research.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, WPF London (2013)
- MA Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, University of Essex (2017)
- Inter-Cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2019)
- Psychotherapist, Trauma Service, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2018 - present)
- Psychotherapist, Adult Complex Needs, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (2016 - present)
- Psychotherapist, Camden and Islington NHS Psychotherapy Service (2014 - 2015)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
The initial consultation fee is £75, and during your assessment we can discuss ongoing fees. I have a limited number of low fee spaces which come up from time to time, if you need a low fee please ask.
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