My name is Violeta and I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychosexual therapist for the past 22 years. I work for the NHS and privately.
In my practice, I hope to provide a safe and secure place for your worries, anxieties, difficulties but also successes, insights, transformations, and curiosity. I am looking forward to working with you and I see therapeutic space somewhere where you can gain knowledge to tackle all kinds of human difficulties.
Once you have contacted me, we will organise the initial session, which is 50 minutes long. At the moment all the sessions are online, via zoom, and I will send you a link on the day of the session. I also do telephone counselling but this is only if there is no possibility for video links. In the session I will ask you questions about yourself. After the session I suggest a week for you to make decision if you decide to commit to therapy with me. The fee is the same for initial and subsequent sessions.
The work will sometimes be challenging but that is part of the process. All our achievements like writing an essay, speaking another language, cleaning the house, painting a picture, or completing any project require dedication, commitment, willingness to learn, openness, curiosity, and sometimes simply- “just do it” attitude. This applies to therapy too and I am here to provide you with all necessary support.
I am working short, medium, and long term. My specialisms are: work with sexual issues (vaginismus, low libido, problems with orgasm, erectile difficulty, premature ejaculation), couple therapy, substance misuse as well as work with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, trauma, and work-related issues. My therapeutic style is integrative which means that I use my Humanistic Integrative training as a basis to incorporate Psychodynamic approach, Medical assessment, and Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. I also use EMDR. Lately, I became more interested in working with the body and I see the body as equally important as emotions and thoughts in therapeutic work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in the field of talking therapy since 1998 when I qualified as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. Since then I have been working in various settings:privately, in the community, hospitals and prisons. In 2001, I gained Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and in 2010, I completed Diploma in Supervision.In 2017, I completed Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, where I explored in depth Lifelong Vaginismus.
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 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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.
All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am bilingual and provide therapy in English and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin. I am interested in all forms of Art and sometimes I use this in therapy.