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About me

Starting a counselling process can feel daunting. Your journey begins with a single step which you have already made by reading this information.

You may feel stuck with anxious and/or depressed feelings and would like to learn healthy ways to cope and move forward. Would you like to learn more positive ways of communicating with your child, partner, parent or family? Or perhaps you wish to have a deeper connection with your partner. You hold the key to make positive changes for a more happy, satisfying and fulfilling life.

I am a bi-lingual English and Spanish speaking psychotherapist with 15 years’ experience using evidence-based psychological therapies to support clients.  A Fulbright scholar, my academic qualifications are a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development; and an M.S. in Child and Family Therapy. I have lectured undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. level students at three of London’s most prestigious institutions: King’s College London, NYU – London Campus, and the Tavistock Clinic.

It's important that the psychotherapist supporting and engaging with you feels like a good fit for you and your needs, therefore I offer a free initial consultation call. After an initial assessment, I can offer short and long-term support for people at all stages of life including children, adolescents and adults, couples, parents and families.

I have worked in the National Health Service NHS-UK mental health services for 8 years with people experiencing a range of difficulties including:

  • low mood
  • depression
  • anger
  • worry
  • anxiety including generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety,
  • phobias
  • difficulties in the way they relate to others
  • trauma
  • low self-esteem
  • parenting

In addition to my UK based experience with the NHS, I have also counselled clients in the United States, supporting diverse communities including Latino, Middle Eastern, African and Asian.

What to expect:

During the assessment, we will begin to understand the difficulties you are having and what you would like help with. At a pace that's comfortable for you, we will talk about experiences you have had or which reoccur within you or in your relationships, family, social or work life. We will develop a shared understanding of the purpose of therapy for you and the type of support, commonly referred to as the model of therapy, which will help us achieve that purpose. It's OK to not know what exactly you want or need help with, figuring that out is often part of the process. Some hopes people have for therapy include thinking, feeling or relating differently to others or the things they find painful or difficult.

We may talk, where relevant, about factors important to your identity such as culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, sexuality, ability and class, amongst others. For some people, these can play a part in their difficulties or indeed can be sources of strength.

As a psychological therapies specialist, I can draw on a number of models of therapy depending on what you would like help with.

Training, qualifications & experience

King’s College London                                                                                                  Graduate Diploma - Improved Access to Psychological Therapies

University of Massachusetts                                                                                     Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health

Colorado State University                                                                                           Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Development and Education                                        Master’s Degree in Child and Family Therapy, and Human Development

Universidad de El Salvador                                                                                        Master of Science in Methods and Techniques in Social Research and Community Development

Swinburne University of Technology                                                                          Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Psychology

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

Additional information

Individual Therapy £60                                                                                              Couple or family Therapy £75 - £100

Availability

Therapy sessions can be arranged according to your schedule.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Additional languages

English and Spanish

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

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Dr Veronica Rivera-Gould

Dr Veronica Rivera-Gould