Dr Vanessa Contreras-Negretti MBPsS; MBACP
I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist trained at doctoral level, offering therapeutic services in London.
My practice focuses on delivering individual therapy to adults (18 and over) on a one-to-one basis.
In my sessions I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, where you can speak freely about any issues affecting you.
I am an integrative practitioner with core training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and my clinical practice has been principally based in the NHS in both primary and secondary care as well as in the third sector.
Sessions last 50 minutes and usually take place once a week with flexibility depending on your particular requirements.
Our first session will consist of an assessment session, where we will discuss the issues that bring you to therapy and how best to approach them going forward.
I can offer short term and longer term therapy depending on your specific needs.
I also continue to conduct psychological research with a focus on stress, trauma and growth and in addition, offer guest lectures and workshops to key London universities on their Counselling Psychology doctoral programmes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (University of East London).
- HCPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist.
- Registered psychotherapist and member of MBACP (374235).
- MBPsS Graduate member of British Psychological Society
- Master's Degree in Psychology (University of East London).
- Master's Degree in Investigative and Forensic Psychology (University of Liverpool)
- Master's Degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology (University College London).
- BA Linguistics (University College London)
My clinical experience spans a range of different services within the NHS.
I currently work in the NHS within Clinical Health. I am based in the psychology team within the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service at Queens and King George Hospitals, providing psychological therapy to staff.
I have worked in IAPT services in primary care, dealing with mild to moderate difficulties, with a wide variety of presentations such as longstanding problems with depression, general anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety, pain management difficulties and PTSD.
My work in secondary care services has focused on more complex and enduring psychological issues, often presenting with an element of vulnerability or risk. In this capacity, I have generally worked in the area of mood, anxiety and personality difficulties with presentations such as treatment-resistant depression, long-standing OCD, complex trauma and personality disorders with a developmental and historical origin, among others.
I have worked primarily in NHS services based in Surrey, East London and Essex and have worked in conjunction with a wide range of professionals in very diverse multidisciplinary teams.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial assessment (50 minutes) £85
Therapy sessions face-to-face (50 minutes) £80
Skype/Zoom/phone sessions (50 minutes) £70
Your first appointment will consist of an assessment, during which we will discuss the issues or difficulties that bring you to therapy. This will enable us to understand together what your needs are and what type of therapy will be helpful.
The assessment will give us an indication of whether shorter or longer-term therapy will be most useful and subsequent therapy sessions will generally take place once a week.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Spanish and English|
|Wheelchair user access:||Yes|
Sessions take place in consulting rooms primarily based in South Woodford, East London with flexibility regarding other London locations. Consulting rooms are conveniently located close to public transport and have wheelchair access.
Tuesdays fortnightly 6-9pm
Thursdays fortnightly 6-9pm
Types of client
Supervision & training
As a BACP and HCPC registered practitioner, I am also able to offer clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.