Dr Shima Espahbodi PhD, MSc, MBACP

Dr Shima Espahbodi PhD, MSc, MBACP

About me

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 .

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


* 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

Further information

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

Maps & Directions

London, W4

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults