Dr Teresa Karippai, CPsychol & Integrative Relational Psychotherapist
1.How it works - There are many approaches and therapeutic modalities and what remains common in all of them is that they all agree on the importance of the therapeutic relationship. In essence therapeutic work can only be successful if the relationship between client and therapist is one of trust, care, openness, and honesty. This has little to do with theories and methods; it is all about who we are and how we relate to one another. The therapeutic relationship and the confidential space between me and you are the only vehicles to change. Through dialogue, active engagement, and collaboration, you and I, together will assess and examine the issue(s) that concern you in a holistic way by taking into account your past experiences, current circumstances, and desires for the future.The essence of therapy is being without self-deception. However, it’s not so easy to take a straight look at what we do and how we are. Seeing ourselves clearly is initially uncomfortable and even embarrassing. As we train and develop more compassionate eyes towards ourselves, we begin to see things we would have preferred to deny. These are nothing more than just temporary and workable habits of mind. The more we get to know them, the more they lose their power. This is how we come to trust that our basic nature is utterly simple, free of struggle between good and bad.
2. My expertise and experience - Teresa’s knowledge and understanding of psychology, psychotherapy and science, together with her personal and professional experiences, enables her to see with great clarity different ways of empowering individuals on their therapeutic journey. She has over 19 years of experience in working with many individuals, couples and groups. She is also one of the Founders and Directors of Terapia Consultancy, a busy 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 keen interests in working with Anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues in a more holistic way by incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to facilitate positive change.
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 and more. She holds full Chartered membership with the British Psychological Society. Her work is regulated by Health and Care Professions Council, which provides the most rigorous standards of regulation for Health Professionals in UK. She holds keen interest in the therapeutic application of mindfulness and body-focussed approaches. 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 working in multidisciplinary teams in the NHS; working as a lecturer and researcher (postgraduate level); to working with different organisations and charities in providing psychological and therapeutic support. In the past 12 years she has worked with clients in her busy private practice at the heart of London. She is one of the founders and Directors of Terapia Consultancy.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Before you go...
I believe that consulting a psychotherapist can be as accessible and as natural as getting a haircut or working out. Therapy isn’t for the select or distressed few; I believe that therapy is for everybody. Taking care of our health - both physical and mental - has never been more important than now. Although therapy offers a path to greater wholeness, balance, creativity and meaningful connection, it is always up to us.
Our first session is offered free of charge and gives you an opportunity to explore how we can work together. Follow up sessions are offered at a sliding scale depending on your circumstances.
Students and Trainees are offered reduced fees for both personal therapy and clinical supervision.