Dr. Valentina Mantica - CPsychol - HCPC Registered
Art Of Thought Psychological Practice
147 Commercial Street
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who truly believes that everybody is capable of making meaningful changes to their lives when they experience emotional difficulties, relationship problems, they are stuck or not happy with the way the live their life. The key to making changes is the motivation to explore and challenge oneself. People are the expert of their own experiences and I can be part of their journey leading to self-discovery and change.
I always strive to provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment to enable people to feel comfortable enough to share their difficulties with me and to work together to explore these in depth and find a way forward in order to overcome difficulties.
How therapy can help
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and how this can in itself enable people to make changes or function as a base upon which various therapeutic tools can be learnt. I see therapy as a special human encounter where many dynamics that people experience in the outside world are similarly re-created. Therefore therapy gives people the chance to explore these dynamics in a way that is safe and they can then utilise their understanding, new learning and insight outside within their day to day relationships.
I am particularly interested in how people’s early and general life experiences affect their current relationships, feelings, thoughts, behaviours and current experiences. My approach can be defined as Integrative and Relational. This means that whilst using the therapeutic relationship as a base, I draw upon various evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic and Person-Centred Therapy. These approaches are commonly accepted and scientifically proven in our field. My therapeutic style is creative and always adapted to people’s needs. However sometimes working within one of these approaches over others will be more beneficial to some people. Everybody is different and my style will try to capture this.
What to expect in your first session
It is important that we both feel that we can work together, and therefore our first meeting can be our chance to explore this. It is fundamental that you work with someone who is right for you and you feel comfortable with. For this reason you do not need to commit to ongoing therapy when you make your first contact with me. The first session is an assessment, I will be asking you some general questions in order to begin to get an understanding of your problems and also of you as a person, and it is also your chance to get to experience how I work and ask me any questions. If we come to the agreement that we can go ahead with ongoing therapy we can then discuss a therapeutic contract.
Not sure about wanting to book a first session?
If you are searching for the right therapist and are unsure about whether to book a first session, I can offer you a first telephone appointment for 50 minutes free of charge. This can give you the chance to hopefully decide whether you want to book a first appointment with me with no commitment. You do not have to go through the first telephone appointment if you wish to book a first face-to-face session directly.
- I practice in the Shoreditch area within walking distance from Liverpool Street Station and Shoreditch High Street Station
- I offer short and long term face-to face therapy
- I provide therapy in both English and Italian languages
- I also provide supervision - I completed the full Supervisor Training delivered by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- I can provide telephone and Skype therapy upon request.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and I hold full membership of the BPS division of Counselling Psychology.
- BCs in Psychology
- Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych).
I am strongly committed to continuous professional development and often attend courses to keep myself up to date and acquire new skills. Example of some recent courses I attended are:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-Clinical Skills Building Intensive (Steve Hayes)
- Supervision Skills Training (Part 1 to 4)( BPS)
- Motivational Interviewing
- CBT for Common Trauma Responses (BABCP)
- Cognitive Workshops (Christine Padesky): Anxiety Traps: CBT Antidotes
- Psychotherapy UK- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression
- Cognitive Workshops (Christine Padesky): Simplifying Personality Disorder Treatment: A New paradigm
I have spent the past several years working initially as a trainee and then as a qualified Counselling Psychologist (since 2012) in a range of environments, particularly within the National Health Service (NHS), but also within the private sector. I have extensive experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a wide variety of mental health difficulties and of different complexity and severity, including common mental health problems (e.g. depression, a range of anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), personality disorders, psychosis, depressive illness, personality difficulties, and adjustment disorders. This has involved short, medium and long -term episodes of treatment. I also gained experience of facilitating therapy groups for clients and carers, of designing psychoeducational and self-help programmes and of providing supervision and consultation.
I mainly worked in NHS Primary and Secondary care services such as IAPT services and Community Mental Health Teams. Prior to my Doctorate I worked in Inpatients Forensic Personality Disorders Service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Mental Health
- Adjustment Disorder
- Passive-aggressive behaviour
- Hearing Voices
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
These information apply to both therapy and supervision:
- At present I am available for day time and some evening sessions on weekdays.
- Sessions are 50 minutes long
- Face to face sessions: £80 per session
- Students: £50 per session
- Skype and telephone sessions: £60
- Concessions can sometimes be available for students, people with low income or other particular circumstances
- I am registered with Insurance Heathcare Providers such a Axa PPP and Aviva
- If you are searching for the right therapist and are unsure about whether to book a first session, I can offer you a first telephone appointment for 50 minutes free of charge**. This can give you the chance to hopefully decide whether you want to book a first appointment with me with no commitment. You do not have to go through the first telephone appointment if you wish to book a first face-to-face session directly.
**Please note, should you request telephone or Skype ongoing sessions, full fees will apply.
I work within the framework of the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Professional Practice Guidelines for Counselling Psychologists (BPS) and the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
At present I am available for day time and some evening sessions on weekdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I can provide supervision to trainee psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and other qualified psychologists and therapists.