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Simona Pretara Psychotherapist/Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP accre. HCPC reg.)

London, SE5
07985291639 07985291639 Registered / Accredited

About me

Explore your concerns in a confidential, supportive safe space. Making the decision to come to therapy is an important step towards development, change and personal growth.

At the core of my practice is the use of our innate creativity to facilitate personal change.

I have over 15 years experience of working within the mental health and social care sector within community based settings as well as NHS and in education.

My work is relational and client centred, tailor made to best meet your individual and personal needs.

The theoretical roots of my psychotherapeutic practice are within Existential Psychotherapy, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapies and is underpinned by developing Neuroscientific research.  I am also an EMDR practitioner.

We can approach your therapy through diverse art forms; including Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, Movement, Music, Jungian Sand Trays, Puppetry, Poetry, Dreams and Mental Imagery or if you prefer we can simply talk about any personal difficulties you might be experiencing.

Using a range of different forms in an integrated way increases self-awareness, insight and growth by allowing the expression and release of trauma, memories and grief through all of the senses, in order to shift how we view the world and create a life worth living.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am committed to providing safe, ethical and effective practice I work in accordance with the UKCP and HCPC ethical principles, professional standards and policies. I also hold a full Public Liability Insurance and am DBS checked with training in Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive experience of working with issues around rape, sexual abuse and childhood sexual abuse and work with these issues in a trauma informed way.

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Initial Consultation: £50.00

One-to-one sessions: £50-£80 per 50 minute session

Couples £70-£100 per 50 minute session

EMDR (Saturdays only) £100 per 75 minutes ( 6-12 sessions minimum)

Further information

I work with a wide range of issues including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic and Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Relationship Problems, Phobias, Obsessions and Compulsions

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Evenings and Weekends

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Simona Pretara Psychotherapist/Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP accre. HCPC reg.)

Simona Pretara Psychotherapist/Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP accre. HCPC reg.)