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 High Barnet. I continue to work as a visiting clinician at Tavistock Relationships.
I am a fully registered member of the BACP and I adhere to their code of ethics and confidentiality.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Work-related stress
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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.
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Types of client