Serenia Yip, Specialist CBT Therapist, Supervisor & EMDR Therapist
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Looking for a welcoming and comfortable place to talk, or, just to be how you really are? You have come to the right place.
Are you feeling afraid? Alone? Depressed? Hopeless? Stuck? Limited? Discontented? Uneasy? Anxious? Worried? Out of control? Confused? Lost? Numb? Insecure? Doubtful? Critical? Stressed? Tensed? Angry? Struggling at work? In relationships? Difficult feelings or memories coming back from your past?
It is very hard and unsettling to be in this place, and understandably, you want therapy to help you 'fix' these feelings or problems to feel better. Still, I would encourage you to see these feelings as a very important compass, which is pointing to what you need to attentively listen to, and to understand first, about yourself or your situation before you can make meaningful long-lasting changes. For example, how your past might be affecting you in how you feel about the world, the people around you, and very importantly, yourself.
This is why in therapy with me, I aim to empower you to eventually become your 'own therapist', as you grow a solid understanding of what had contributed to your difficulties, and what you can do in the here-and-now to move towards a more positive direction in your life where you can thrive.
Why therapy with me?
Previous clients have used adjectives such as ‘warm’, ‘down to earth’, 'calm', ‘perceptive’ and ‘gentle but honest’ to describe me as a therapist. I believe that my emphasis on good personal self-care and development has enabled me to consistently offer the above qualities to my clients. A good fit between a client and a therapist is key. This is why I strongly encourage you to get in touch for a free initial conversation to get a sense if we could work well together.
Further, having grown up and lived internationally (Hong Kong and Italy), and having travelled widely to many corners of the world (e.g. Ethiopia, Nigeria, Bahrain), I bring into the therapy space a deep sense of openness, curiosity and empathy to a wide range of ways in seeing and being in the world. In therapy, I do not only aim to help you work on the struggles that you are facing, but to help you recognise your unique personal story and strengths.
Training, qualifications & experience
Expertise that I bring to your therapy
I am a DBS checked, fully accredited and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Therapist registered with the professional body BABCP (The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), with 13 years of working in mental health. Besides traditional CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), I am also trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focussed Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). I am also a qualified mindfulness teacher and long term meditation practitioner.
Equipped with many strings in my therapist bow, I aim to get to know you, offer you a safe space to explore your difficulties, and tailor treatment attentively to your needs.
Clinical & supervisory experiences
I have successfully provided short, medium and long-term psychological therapies to adults in a variety of settings, both NHS and private, working with clients presenting with straight forward to more complex needs. I have also been invited to supervise therapists, and examine trainee therapists.
Qualifications & training
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of College London (UCL)
- MSc Counselling Psychology, City University of London
- IAPT Supervisor Training for High Intensity Therapists, University of Surrey
- Post-Graduate training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), University of Surrey
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Training Ltd
- Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training, School of Positive Transformation
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Part 1-3, Richman Training Ltd
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£90.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
- Free 20 minutes initial consultation
- £90 per 50 minutes individual session
- Major insurance providers accepted: Aviva, AXA PPP, Cigna & Vitality
Both daytime and evening appointments available. Please get in touch to enquire.
I am currently offering most sessions online (Zoom, Skype or Doxy.me) or over the telephone.
I also have limited availability for face to face sessions in London Bridge.
I am a registered provider for AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, Cigna and Vitality.