Sarai Monk MA Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, BPC, MBACP Reg Counsellor
I am offering psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling to individuals and couples (BPC and BACP registered). I work in private practice and and most recently have worked within the NHS in a specialist Trauma Service at the Tavistock Clinic. Areas of interest and expertise include trauma, loss, and cross-cultural issues relating to migration.
I provide a secure and non-judgmental space where you can explore the difficulties that you seek help with. 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.
I combine in-depth psychotherapeutic expertise with extensive experience as a senior yoga teacher, trainer and mentor, incorporating mindfulness and allowing space to explore the interconnectedness between the physiological/somatic phenomena with affect and psychological understanding.
Many different reasons can bring us to therapy. 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, as I use it, 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 connect with more vitality and reach for your potential.
You may be feeling alone, depressed and anxious, or struggle with finding meaning or connectedness to yourself and others. You may be struggling with a specific experience of trauma, or the cumulative effects of adverse life experiences, or be going through a life changing transition. Therapy may help you to bear the burdens that seem overwhelming, confusing or unmanageable.
In my therapeutic work my psychodynamic approach is enriched by my understanding of an embodied mind, due to my background in yoga and mindfulness. My work is informed by the latest research in neuroscience, and attachment theory. My special interest lies in working with trauma on a bodily level (Bessel van der Kolk, 2014) and linking this with a psychodynamic approach.
Your Counselling Sessions
Initially we will meet for two - four assessment sessions. During this time we can think together about how this way of working could help you. You can ask questions, experience how I work, and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me. Sessions last 50 minutes and take place weekly at the agreed time, except during bank holidays and breaks (summer, Easter, and Christmas).
Currently I have availability for time-limited, short term treatment. To inquire and arrange an initial consultation simply call or email me.
Other Relevant Information
I adhere to the BACP and BPC code of ethics and good practice, and undertake regular supervision and continuing professional development as specified by the BACP and BPC guidelines.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, WPF London
- Foundation Course, Institute of Psychoanalysis
- Foundations in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- MA Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, University of Essex
- Inter-Cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- Psychotherapist, Trauma Service, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- Psychotherapist, Adult Complex Needs, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (training placement)
- Psychotherapist, Camden and Islington NHS Psychotherapy Service (training placement)
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sliding scale, £70 - £95