Dr Vanessa Contreras-Negretti MBPsS; MBACP
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.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Health and Care Professions Council
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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 Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Therapy fee schedule:
Initial assessment (50 minutes) £85
Therapy sessions (50 minutes) £80
Skype/Zoom/phone sessions (50 minutes) £70
Health insurance funded sessions £100
Supervision fee schedule:
Zoom sessions: £70 (qualified practitioners) £50 (trainees)
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