Velia Carruthers, PGDip MBACP
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist. I work with both couples and individuals, in order to help them understand and address problems in their relationships, whether present or past . I offer sessions in both English and Italian.
We all value relationships, be they intimate relationships with a partner, or wider relationships with family and friends. Healthy, happy relationships have a positive impact on so many areas of our lives.
At times, however, it can be difficult to start a relationship or to maintain one. Financial pressure, the demands of work, unexpected crises, issues around intimacy and sex, infidelity, the impact of children or infertility, health matters, ageing, bereavement and depression, cultural differences, as well as our own personal histories and individual narratives, can all affect our capacity to communicate and feel close to the people we love. Sometimes, you might simply be having difficulties in communicating, or experiencing repeated arguments that don’t ever seem to reach a resolution, and where the underlying causes appear far from clear. Even ending a relationship can bring about great anxiety and difficulties.
I offer a safe, respectful and constructive environment to couples and individuals, for them to explore and reflect upon what makes them feel stuck and alone, upon what might be causing their frustration, disappointment and unhappiness. I will seek to open up your capacity to communicate, as well as to stimulate curiosity about yourself, your partner and others. By identifying links between present and past, I can help you understand more about yourself and your partner. Ultimately, my aim is to help you develop creative, positive and happy relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples - Tavistock Relationships London
I have further training in Mentalization-Based Techniques (MBT) and Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD)on a time limited intervention of 20 sessions.
I work in private practice in Central London as well as in North London. I am staff member at Tavistock Relationships.
I am a fully registered member of the BACP and I adhere to their code of ethics and confidentiality.
I am currently further developing my specialism in sexual relationships by undertaking a Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy at Tavistock Relationships.
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
To start with, I can see you for an initial consultation of 75 minutes in order to discuss your situation and your expectations of therapy. Regular therapy is based on 50-minute, weekly sessions, conducted on an open-ended basis.
I work in both English and Italian.