Lia is an experienced integrative psychotherapist who trained at the Metanoia Institute. She works collaboratively with clients using various therapeutic models, helping clients with a wide range of issues.
I can help with...
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship difficulties
- Sexual problems
- Traumatic childhood
Types of client I see
Languages I speak
- Room 116 at Chandlery Cottage, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7QY
Types of therapy I offer
I am a fully qualified integrative psychotherapist and am currently completing a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.
I have been seeing clients for over 6 years and have experience working with a wide range of issues, from bereavement and loss, to depression, anxiety, trauma (both in childhood and adulthood), sexual problems and relationship difficulties.
I believe psychotherapy creates a space in which emotional difficulties can be explored and worked with in a safe, supported way. In my approach I look at both the past and the present – I am interested in how past experiences may be affecting you and encouraging repeating patterns of behaviour, as well as what is happening for you in the present and what we can do to create positive change.
An element that I believe is fundamental to the therapeutic process is a strong relationship between therapist and client – not only does this provide an important source of support for you, but it also enables us to remain connected when difficult material emerges in the work.
My focus on the relationship leads me to work in a relational way in order to build and maintain a strong therapeutic alliance. I draw on a range of therapeutic models and work collaboratively with my clients so I can tailor my approach to their needs.
Before starting therapy, we will have an initial session to enable us to learn about each other. This will give us a chance to discuss what is bringing you to therapy, your expectations of the work, and how the process of therapy might unfold.
The initial session is also an opportunity for you to get a sense of my therapeutic style and decide whether I am the right therapist for you.
Continuing with me
If you decide you would like to engage in therapy with me, we will talk about what you would like to gain from therapy and discuss a contract that outlines the practicalities of our work going forward. This will include information for you (e.g. outlining the boundaries of confidentiality) and details of my terms (such as our agreed fee and my cancellation policy).
It is important to me that you feel that you are benefiting from therapy and throughout our work together we will regularly review how you are doing.
Duration of our work
The duration of psychotherapy can vary depending on what you want to gain from the work. Short-term work can be used to look at a specific issue, while longer-term therapy may allow you to address more complex or deep-seated issues.
Training, qualifications and experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy (in completion)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (2014)
- Practitioner Certificate in Clinical Assessment (2013)
- Workshop on Therapy and Pharmaceutical Drugs (2011)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (2008)
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology (2005)
- Private Practice (2013 – continuing)
- Clinical Assessor and Clinical Development Officer – Metanoia Institute (2014 – continuing)
- Psychotherapist – Elm Lodge Surgery (2013–14)
- Working at Aspirations Care (2013)
- Psychotherapist – Pluralistic Therapy for Depression (2012–13)
- Psychotherapist – The Centre for Better Health (2011–13)
- Psychotherapist – St Joseph’s Bereavement Service (2010–12)
- Psychotherapist – Metanoia Counselling & Psychotherapy Service (2010–11)
- Counsellor – Kids Company (2011)
Fees and availability
- Initial session: £25
- Thereafter: £65 per session
- I also operate a sliding scale of fees based on earnings and personal circumstances