Tamara Abood

London, EC1R
Registered / Accredited

About me

Your reason for seeking out therapy is unique to you, but in the end, what brings anyone to therapy is the sense that life feels difficult in some way.

Some people come with a clear idea about what it is that is causing them difficulty. It may be that they are dealing with a life event such as the end of a relationship or the loss of a job, or perhaps they know that they are stuck in patterns of behaviour they feel powerless to change. For many others, the ‘reason’ for considering therapy is not so clear. They may be struggling with complex feelings that they find hard to articulate, or they just know that on some level they feel anxious or unhappy with how life is right now.

Whatever the motivation, I offer a supportive and confidential space in which to explore the issues that may be adversely impacting on your life, and to think about why you are feeling as you do. With this increased understanding of yourself, comes the opportunity to change how you respond to life in a way that helps you to get your needs met.

My training is from the Humanistic school. It's an optimistic and empowering philosophy that says that we are not stuck with the lives we have. Whatever challenges we currently face, whatever sadness, anger or frustration we are carrying around with us, we have it within us to change our experience. This transformative philosophy is what I draw on in my work, to empower clients to live more of the life they want to be living.

Before becoming a psychotherapist, I had a couple of other lives, starting work as a lawyer, before moving onto a career in documentary television. The same curiosity about the human condition that underpinned my life in TV, is the same curiosity that led me to psychotherapy. I think that my own professional background puts me in a unique position to understand not only how hard it can be to keep our heads above water when we are struggling with issues outside of it, but also how demanding work environments and the often dysfunctional dynamics that go with them, can bring tremendous pressure to bear on us.

It may help you in your search for a therapist to know that, in the end, whatever the skill set or experience of the therapist, all the evidence shows that the key to change lies in your own desire for change and in the quality of the therapeutic relationship. In other words, if you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist, if you have no rapport with them, if you don’t feel like they “get you”, then therapy is very unlikely to be effective, so it’s vitally important that you find the right person for you (even if it's not me).

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Psychotherapist and am a registered member of both the UKCP and the BACP, which means that I adhere to the requisite ethical standards of those governing bodies.

Before I entered the world of therapy, I had a couple of other lives, starting my working life as a lawyer, before moving onto a career in documentary television. The same curiosity about the human condition that underpinned my life in TV, is the same curiosity that led me to re-train in psychotherapy.

I think that my own professional background in both the corporate and creative worlds, puts me in a unique position to understand not only how hard it can be to keep our heads above water at work when we are struggling with issues outside of it, but also, how demanding work environments and the often dysfunctional dynamics that go with them, can bring tremendous pressure to bear on us.

This is not an exhaustive list, but these are some of the areas I work with:

Anxiety

Relationship issues

Depression

Work Stress & Burn Out

Family conflict

Child/adolescent issues

Sexuality

Identity issues

Personal growth

Self esteem

Trauma

Bereavement

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.

BACP

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.

UKCP

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

British Association for Counselling & 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.

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

Identity issues

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

I charge £90 per session.

Further information

It can help to have a brief phone discussion before deciding whether to meet and I am happy to do that.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

Please contact me by email to discuss available slots.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Tamara Abood

Tamara Abood