Sophia Berouka, BA (Hons), MA, MSc, BACP Accred.
I first trained as a Psychologist in Greece and then continued with a 10-year long training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in various institutions and universities in the UK.
I have 10 years experience of working in different settings such as the NHS, eating disorder clinics, universities, employee assistance programmes and private practice.
I have also trained as a Bereavement Counsellor and currently work as a therapist at "Bubble and Speak", a drop-in session for small children and their parents/carers.
I have worked with people from all walks of life facing issues such as depression and bereavement, anxiety, eating disorders, domestic abuse and issues affecting performance at the workplace. I have also worked in two secondary care NHS services, where I provided psychotherapy to people with more chronic difficulties such as psychosis and bipolar disorder.
My approach to psychotherapy involves trying to understand and address difficulties by increasing awareness of the more underlying aspects that lead to the development of symptoms. I will start by being curious and listening carefully at what brought you to therapy: the moments that marked your life, your relationships to others and the issues that may be making life hard for you.
The specific words you use to describe your problems and the thoughts, feelings and memories that may come up during sessions are all important as they can open the way to understanding the more underlying concerns that lie behind symptoms. Those are often related to past experiences of trauma or distress that haven’t been processed by the individual. By exploring their concerns in such a rigorous way with someone they can trust, people can make deeper, more lasting changes, and can find creative solutions to their concerns. My experience has taught me that symptoms will not go away until we have heard what they want to say and grasped something about their role (conscious and unconscious) in our life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications:
Member of the London Society of the new Lacanian School (NLS)
MSc Psychodynamic Counselling , BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Three-year clinical training in the delivery of counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, with an additional emphasis on working with groups and organisations.
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON .
MA Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society , BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, LONDON
BA Psychology (1 st class Hons), DEREE, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE, ATHENS
Psychoanalytic Training (non-member) Centre for Freudian Analysis & Research , London: Clinical training in Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Bereavement Counselling Training , City and East London Bereavement Service, Bart’s and the London NHS Trust, London
My work history is varied and includes different settings and issues including currently working as an associate counsellor with two UK wide Occupational Health providers within their employee assistance programs. I see employees facing a variety of emotional difficulties such as anxiety, bereavement, alcohol misuse, trauma at work and redundancy, impacting their capacity to function at work or to balance the pressures of work and life.
I previously worked as a Psychotherapist at an NHS outpatients eating disorders service at Springfield university hospital providing one-to-one short-term and longer-term weekly psychotherapy to women with chronic and severe eating disorders.
Before that I worked for two years at a secondary care mental health service the department of psychological medicine at St Bart’s Hospital (East London NHS foundation Trust) providing one-to-one weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy and initial assessments to adults experiencing severe, complex and persistent mental health problems.
I have also worked as a Bereavement Counsellor for 4 years at the EAST LONDON BEREAVEMENT SERVICE (BARTS AND THE LONDON NHS TRUST) seeing a variety of people experiencing loss and bereavement, at different stages of the loss, helping them through through the grieving process.
Finally, I’ve worked for many years as a Specialist Mentor in a variety of universities with students experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis and other issues causing distress and disruption in their capacity to complete their degrees or function as students.
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 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 depending on circumstances, frequency of sessions and time of the day sessions are offered.
Initial consultation: set at £70