Dr Shima Espahbodi PhD, MSc, MBACP
Welcome, thank you for visiting my page and site www.psychosoultherapy.com. As an experienced integrative psychotherapist my practice has developed to include a broad range of clients from diverse backgrounds, ages, and cultures. I have over 17 years clinical experience gained working both as a clinical research scientist and psychotherapist in the NHS, academia and charity sectors combined. I have a compassionate nature and care deeply about helping people to heal from emotional/psychological pain and suffering.
Psychotherapy is regarded as a type of ‘talking therapy’ ~ however it is much more than that. It is a system within which a dynamic is formed between therapist and client which serves to catalyze the healing process. By working together we will be able to explore experiences, emotions, and thoughts that may be causing you difficulties/distress today. These may be related to the past, present, and/or concerns about the future.
By talking problems through in a safe and confidential space, where we will be able to develop a therapeutic relationship, I will be able to facilitate your gaining insight, perspective and understanding. With this will come shifts in ones mental, emotional and physical energy, relief of distress and a renewed sense of wellbeing.
Ultimately the work of therapy is to initiate the healing process of the self ~ the word ‘psychotherapy’ derives from ancient Greek where psyche=breath; soul; spirit and therapia=healing.
I am influenced by the work of Freud, Jung, Rogers, Laing, Buddhism, and Rumi amongst others.
“ I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Jung
“ The wound is the place where the Light enters you “ Rumi
Training, qualifications & experience
PhD: Imperial College London ~ Back Pain Imaging and Psychosocial factors
MSc: Imperial College London ~ Medical Science
Diploma (CPCAB) accredited ~ Therapeutic Counselling
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery: Healing the Brain-the neuroscience of trauma leading to complex PTSD and DID. Cert. (PODS), London 2016
Working with Relational Trauma: Early childhood trauma through the lens of Attachment Theory. Cert. (PODS), London 2015
Trauma and the Body: the impact of childhood sexual abuse on the body and physical health. Cert. (PODS), London 2014
Living and Working with Dissociation. Cert. (PODS), London 2013
Why do people self-harm? Cert. (SRF), London 2012
Domestic Violence: The impact on attachment relationships in families, Cert, (SRF), London 2011
Foundations in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Cert. (CPPE), London 1993
Good Clinical Practice, Oxford University 2012
Medical Statistics for STATA, MRC Clinical Trials Unit, University College London 2002
I have and continue to work with people who have experienced severe childhood trauma including sexual, physical and psychological abuse and neglect. The manifestation of such trauma may include self harm, suicidal ideation, mood swings, addictive behaviours, incarceration, isolation and many other experiences that can cause distress and suffering
I come from a clinical science background having worked in the NHS (London and Oxford's major teaching hospitals) with patients experiencing chronic pain, disability, depression, anxiety, and other associated psychological factors which can significantly reduce a person's quality life.
I work creatively and may depending on individual needs incorporate art and music into our therapeutic work together.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of ethical practice. As such my name is on the BACP Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists .
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
* Waged clients £70 per session
* Students £40.00 per session
* Couples £100.00 per session
* Unwaged clients negotiable depending on affordability and availability
For a limited number of clients in exceptional need I may be able to offer reduced fees. There may be a waiting list.
Each session = 60 minutes
I also provides psychotherapy services in Harley Street at the:
Psychiatric & Psychological Consultant Services
14 Devonshire Place
Fees per session £120
Each session = 60 minutes