Dr Teresa Karippai
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The therapeutic relationship within a confidential and safe therapeutic space is a powerful vehicle for self-discovery. Through dialogue, active engagement, and collaboration, together we will assess and examine the issue(s) that concern you. I believe that the essence of therapy strengthens our resilience and ability to engage fully with the world. However, it’s not so easy to take a straight look on our own. Seeing ourselves more clearly is initially uncomfortable. As we develop more understanding and awareness of our way of being in the world, we begin to see that certain patterns and habits begin to soften and even dissolve. This is how we come to trust that our basic nature is utterly simple and free.
My expertise and experience - Teresa’s knowledge and understanding of psychotherapy, somatic awareness and body-based therapeutic approaches, and psychology together with her personal and professional experiences, enables her to see with great clarity different ways of empowering individuals on their therapeutic journey. She is a chartered Counselling Psychologist with 19 years of experience in working with individuals, couples and groups. She is one of the Founders and Directors of Terapia Consultancy, a private practice at the heart of London, offering a range of psychological and therapeutic services. Dr Karippai is a scholarly reviewer of the European Journal of Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy. She is also a clinical and academic supervisor for Trainees and practitioners in the field of Psychology and Psychotherapy. She has a keen interest in working with Trauma, Anxiety, depression, addiction, and relationship issues in a more holistic way by incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to facilitate positive outcomes.
Training, qualifications & experience
1. My qualifications - Teresa holds a Professional Doctoral Degree in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. The extensive academic and clinical training during her Doctorate degree gave her the opportunity to study, research and train in all major therapeutic modalities including Psychoanalytic approaches, Attachment therapy, Existential and Phenomenological approaches, CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR, DBT. She has been extensively trained in trauma-based approaches and body-based /somatic therapies. She holds a full Chartered membership with the British Psychological Society. Her work is regulated by Health and Care Professions Council. She holds a keen interest in the therapeutic application of mindfulness and body-focused approaches and has developed her own way of working somatically. Since her student years, she has had keen interest in Davanloo’s ISTDP approach and Schwartz's IFS approach to therapy. She has a number of qualifications from CPD courses over the years and continues to engage in researching and incorporating the latest therapeutic advancements into her private practice.
2. Experience - Her experience ranges from having a busy private practice to working in multidisciplinary teams in the NHS; working as a lecturer and researcher at a postgraduate level; to working with different organisations and charities in providing psychological and therapeutic support. In the past 12 years, she has worked with a variety of clients in her busy private practice at the heart of London. She is one of the founders and Directors of Terapia Consultancy.
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Before you go...
I believe that consulting a psychotherapist can be as accessible and as natural as simply taking care of our Wellbeing. Therapy isn’t for the select or distressed few; I believe that therapy is for everybody. Looking after our health has never been more possible and important than now. Although therapy offers the possibility of a path to greater wholeness, balance, creativity and meaningful connection, it is always up to us.
£120.00 - £150.00
I offer 10mins free telephone call.
When I work
This agreement briefly sets out my terms and the way I work. I would like you to read the points below carefully.
While counselling and psychotherapy are generally regarded as beneficial it must be realised that this may not be so in every case.
The therapeutic relationship is based on trust and mutual respect, guided by the client’s developmental process. The main purpose of the therapeutic conditions – set time, set fee, ethical framework and so on – is to create and maintain a safe space in which to facilitate this development. The conditions help to create a professional working alliance.
The therapeutic relationship is designed for the growth and development of the client. I see it as my professional responsibility to inform the client if it does not seem to me to be working for their benefit, or if it ceases to do so.
Codes of Ethics and Practice
I endeavour to abide by the ethical frameworks of the professional organisations to which I belong, including the British Psychological Society (BPS); and the Health &Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK.
Understanding the way I work
I would like you to be fully informed about the practical side of going through a therapeutic process. Our initial meeting will be a space for you to express:
· The reasons for seeking therapy and what you hope to achieve through a therapeutic process;
· To understand and clarify with me the way I work and also to create a plan for your therapeutic journey.
If, at the end of your first session, after discussing all aspects of this agreement, you decide to continue with therapy, then I will ask you to read this agreement again in your own time (available in the public domain) and discuss any further questions/concerns you may have during our second session.
Length of Sessions
Individual and couples psychotherapy/counselling sessions last for 50 minutes.
Length of Therapeutic Process and Importance of therapeutic alliance
After the Initial Assessment session, if we agree to work together the next five sessions will give us the time and space to explore the opportunity of establishing a therapeutic alliance. The therapeutic alliance is essential for the therapeutic process. Please note that without a trusting and respectful therapeutic alliance, no meaningful therapy can happen. When and if establishing a therapeutic alliance is not possible our contractual agreement will come to a closure after the first six sessions.
If you are late for a session, the extra time cannot be added on at the end; however, if I am late, the full session will take place if it is convenient for you – if it is not, I will reduce the fee for the session accordingly.
Cancellation of Sessions
I would like you to give me as much notice as possible if you are unable to make a session. I will need to charge the full fee if you do not attend your appointment or if you cancel within 72 hours of your session.
I prefer that you cancel appointments via email or text directly to me. I will try to notify you of any anticipated absences on my part and will aim to reschedule within 7 working days.
Fees & Payments
· Initial appointment: £100 (55 minutes).
· Individual therapy: £80 - £120 per session (50-55 minutes)
· Couple therapy: £125 per session (50-55 minutes)
· Payment has to be made in advance of each appointment electronically or if you are attending in person, at the end of sessions by card or cash. You may be asked to pay for the first meeting in advance.
· Invoices are sent electronically from my business account.
· If you have been referred by a doctor who asks for feedback on your progress, I may charge for time spent writing letters and reports, but only with your prior consent.
If your sessions fee are covered by insurance companies, I am registered as a practitioner with the following companies: AXA PPP, Vitality Health, Prudential, Cigna International & AVIVA.
Some providers will cover clients for a certain number of sessions, while others will allocate a lump sum. If you are approaching the limit of your current cover it can be possible to obtain a re-authorisation. If you would like to do this it’s important to discuss this with your insurer well in advance, as the process can take a number of days and may result in a disruptive break in your therapy.
In some cases, a health insurance provider may require you to see your GP or psychiatrist before coming to me, but this is generally a quick and easy process. It’s a good idea to give your insurer a call to clarify their particular requirements before you contact me.
My email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) is intended for enquiries, appointment scheduling, and other administrative purposes. Cancellation and alteration of existing appointments are better accomplished via text or email.
My mobile phone (07966 101 837), which also receives email messages, is locked with a security code. Client information is coded in the address book as “Cl” plus your initials.
In case of a crisis
Outside of scheduled sessions, I can only offer limited support in a crisis. You have several alternatives in a crisis situation (e.g. if you feel you are a danger to yourself or are otherwise in need of immediate help):
• Contact your General Practitioner (GP), who may refer you to the duty desk at your local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).
• Go to your nearest Accident & Emergency Department.
• Ring the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (available 24 hours a day, every day).
• Ring SANELINE on 0845 767 8000 (available 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day).
• Ring the NHS Crisis Line on 0800 028 8000
Confidentiality and Record-Keeping
Your records are safely kept electronically whereby the content is encrypted and passworded. Information held about you on my computer is covered by the Data Protection Act 2018 and will not be disclosed to third parties.
Your discussions with me and any notes I may write will not be disclosed to any other person without your consent. Exceptions to this would be if I am required to disclose information by a court of law, or in order to protect you or another person from significant harm. In addition, confidentiality may have to be broken if: a miscarriage of justice may occur; or, if information is disclosed about an act of terrorism. Where possible, I will always inform you first and discuss it with you if confidentiality is going to be broken.
I would like you to be aware of the fact that as my profession as a counselling psychologist requires me to have supervision sessions, I may discuss aspects of your therapeutic process with my supervisor. However, I will not reveal your identity during those sessions.
If you wish me to be able to discuss your situation with another health care provider or any other person (e.g., a school counsellor, your spouse, your G.P., etc.), I will ask you to sign a release of information to allow this. For children under 16, I will assume permission to share information with the parents if it is indicated, having first discussed this with the child.
All clients will be encouraged to meet with me face-to-face in my office in Farringdon. If you prefer to have online sessions, then the sessions will take place through Zoom. I will send you a link before the session and you may wish to check your computer/tablet for any updates and technical requirements well before the session in order to avoid any undesired delays.