Vasili Magnis, Psychotherapist, MBACP
Hello, I’m Vasili.
I am a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist based in South West London offering personalised, confidential and relaxed one-to-one therapy sessions for a wide range of life challenges and difficulties. Accredited by the BACP and the BABCP, I provide an integrative, person-centred therapy style, helping you to make sense of your situation and to find the right solutions to overcome your personal challenges.
My way of working is based on integrative psychotherapy, in that I draw from a range of strongly evidenced psychological approaches. However, my thinking is primarily informed by psychodynamic and psychoanalytic literature. I place emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and I aim to establish a safe and supportive alliance with my clients. Our relationship and the space we co-create then allows us to explore how your past experiences and relationships are influencing your way of being in life as well as your choices, values, beliefs, relationships with others in the present.
My clinical view is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in early life experiences and traumatic events. Whatever your problems or symptoms might be in the here and now, it is likely that they are the consequence of the ways you have learned to manage or avoid these painful, frightening and distressing inner experiences. As a result, the repeated avoidance of emotions has the most detrimental impact on our wellbeing as we struggle to have a sense of who we really are, with what we want and don’t want, often leading to uncertainty and confusion, a loss of direction, and overall dissatisfaction with life.
My therapeutic aim in our work together is to appropriately and sensitively revisit and process earlier traumas and life experiences which can then lead to more creative ways of living your life and to the resolution of any unhelpful or dysfunctional patterns. In turn, this will allow you to find more effective ways to manage the inevitable stress and pain that life brings.
How we achieve your desired outcome in therapy depends on what this would look like to you and what you believe is standing in the way of you achieving this. This would likely involve me helping you understand your inner experience on both a conscious and unconscious level, and helping you to identify and let of go of the avoidance strategies that you have learned in order to cope with these experiences. As you become more comfortable with getting to know who you really and letting go of any maladaptive strategies, you will gain greater access to your inner experience, ultimately leading to the alleviation of symptoms, the development of a more coherent sense of self, and the removal of internal barriers to leading the life that you want.
Sessions take place on a weekly basis at the same day and time each week.
My clinical experience comprises a background of over 10 years experience in the field of applied psychology. I have worked in a clinical capacity as both a psychological therapist and a supervisor across a range of public and private settings. I now split my time between a busy NHS psychological therapies service where I work as a Senior Psychological Therapist, a charity that offers long-term counselling, and my private practice.
In addition to my formal clinical training, I undertake ongoing training in the form of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - I am particularly interested in childhood traumatic experiences. My clinical view is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in early life experiences and traumatic events. In our work together, we can appropriately and sensitively revisit and process earlier traumas which can then lead to more creative ways of living your life and to the resolution of any unhelpful or dysfunctional patterns. I am also very interested in the field of sexuality, where I am conducting my doctoral thesis. I am, therefore, open to working with clients from all sexual orientations and lifestyle choices.
How to contact me
Should you wish to make an appointment or to discuss the possibility of psychotherapy / counselling sessions with me please feel free to contact me either by phone on 07988 990 350 or through my website. I will always endeavour to answer phone calls, emails and text messages within 48 hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (in final stages)
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
- PGDip High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- PGCert Bereavement Counselling
- MSc Health Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Fully Accredited
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - Registered Psychotherapist
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Trainee Integrative Psychotherapist
- British Psychological Society (BPS) - Trainee Counselling Psychologist
- Metanoia - Trainee Counselling Psychologist
As a member of different therapy organisations, I am bound by their codes and ethical frameworks for good practice. Furthermore, I carry professional liability insurance and receive on-going supervision so as to maintain professional development and good practice.
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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My current fee is £75 for a 50-minute session. Concessions are available for critical workers (NHS, Police, and Fire Service) and those on very low incomes.
Payment for your session can be made using an electronic bank transfer (BACS).
Insurance policy holders: I am recognised by the following health insurance providers: AXA, VitalityHealth, Aviva, Healix Health Services, IPRS Health, and Moving Minds.
Concessions offered for
My clinic is in Surbiton (KT6), a couple of minutes away from the train station. However, due to the pandemic all sessions are conducted online using Zoom / FaceTime for the time being.