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About me

I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist trained at doctoral level, offering therapeutic services in London.

I currently work in the NHS within Clinical Health providing psychological therapy to frontline staff.

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).
  • Chartered member of British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • 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 hospital 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Therapy fee schedule:

Individual sessions (50 minutes) £85

Health insurance funded sessions £100

Please note that all sessions are currently offered via zoom/phone

Supervision fee schedule:
Zoom sessions: £75 (qualified practitioners) £60 (trainees)

Aviva, Axa-PPP, Aetna, Cigna, Vitality.

When I work

Mondays 6-9pm

Tuesdays 6-9pm

Wednesdays 8am-4pm

Woodford Green, IG8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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.

Additional languages

Spanish and English


In person

As a BACP and HCPC registered practitioner, I am also able to offer clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

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Dr Vanessa Contreras-Negretti

Dr Vanessa Contreras-Negretti