Ula Sroda , MSc, B.A., Dipl. Gestalt Psychotherapy UKCP/BACP
My name is Ula.
I am a UKCP/MBACP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and I have been working in various therapeutic settings with adults, children and adolescents for the last eleven years both in private practice as well as a part of a multidisciplinary team in organisations.
I gained an MSc and Diploma in Gestalt psychotherapy from Middlesex University and Diploma in Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute, London, one of the leading training centres for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK.
To deepen my professional practice I worked as one of the assistant tutors on a MSc in Gestalt psychotherapy course in Metanoia Institute and as a counselling therapist in a community school in west London. I also facilitated and co-facilitated workshops on stress reduction, mindfulness, body process and resilience.
I have been participating in mindful movement classes/workshops on a regular basis as well as mindfulness meditation courses across Europe. I trained with contemporary Shamans in Scotland. All of these enable me to find a quieter place within myself and enrich my work with clients. Integrating these practices into the therapeutic work supports and grounds me as well as offers a direction in my development as psychotherapist
About Gestalt Psychotherapy
Gestalt therapy focuses on gaining awareness of the present moment in the present context. In therapy, we learn to discover feelings/emotions that may have been suppressed (depressed) or masked by other feelings (behaviours, anxieties, for example) and to accept and trust ourselves.
Therapist may use creativity in their approaches, depending on context and each person's personality. In Gestalt psychotherapy there is an emphasis on direct contact between therapist and client as well as direct experience sometimes referred to as the focus on the “what and how" and the “here and now' of the therapeutic situation. There is growing evidence showing that Gestalt is an effective approach in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety on a long-term basis.
About the therapy process:
I will offer you the opportunity to feel welcomed just as you are and to explore issues in a compassionate and non-judgemental environment where you'd be able to gain more awareness about yourself in the wider world. You will be able to foster conditions needed for change in order to lead a more full and satisfying life.
We will meet for an initial consultation where we will discuss your needs and decide what would be the best treatment option for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Gestalt psychotherapy- Middlesex University
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling- Metanoia Institute
B.A with QTS in English language and English language teaching and training, Kolegium Karkonoskie
Dipl of HE in History -Silesian University
I developed my therapeutic and clinical experience in various centres offering support and
pastoral care for people who struggle with their mental health, including Metanoia Counselling
Services (MCPS), Trinity and Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music, Centre for Better
Health, Turning Point's Rehab Centre for people with dual diagnosis and as a counsellor in one
of the community schools in London. I have been also working with adolescents with Special
Educational Needs and Behaviour issues and their families.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals - 50 min session £60
Couples/ families for 90 min session £100
I offer limited spaces with a sliding scale for people on low income as well as
counselling/psychotherapy students/ key workers
Please contact me for further information
Concessions offered for
I work on long and short time basis and offer evenings and weekends appointments.
I am bilingual in English and Polish
My professional background is in teaching and teacher training.