Serenia is a fully accredited specialist CBT therapist and supervisor, offering both short and longer-term therapy. Clients have described her as ‘warm’, ‘down to earth’, ‘calm’, ‘perceptive’ and ‘gentle but honest’.
I can help with...
- Anger management
- Body image
- Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
- Coping with a terminal illness
- Fear of public speaking
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Obsessive–compulsive tendencies
- Panic attacks
- Postnatal depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy, birth and loss
- Regaining control of emotions
- Relationship difficulties
- Work-related issues
Types of client I see
Languages I speak
- Room 31 at 175–7 Borough High Street, SE1 1HR
Types of therapy I offer
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-focussed therapy
- Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
Are you feeling afraid? Alone? Depressed? Hopeless? Stuck? Limited? Discontented? Uneasy? Anxious? Worried? Out of control? Confused? Lost? Numb? Insecure? Doubtful? Critical? Stressed? Tensed? Angry? Struggling at work? In relationships? Difficult feelings or memories coming back from your past?
It is very hard and unsettling to be in this place and, understandably, you want therapy to help you ‘fix’ these feelings or problems to feel better. Still, I would encourage you to see these feelings as a very important compass, which is pointing to what you need to attentively listen to, and to understand first, about yourself or your situation before you can make meaningful long-lasting changes. For example, how your past might be affecting you in how you feel about the world, the people around you, and very importantly, yourself.
This is why in therapy with me, I aim to empower you to eventually become your ‘own therapist’, as you grow a solid understanding of what had contributed to your difficulties, and what you can do in the here-and-now to move towards a more positive direction in your life where you can thrive.
When we start the work, the first few assessment sessions will provide me with the opportunity to understand in detail about your difficulties, and to get to know you as a person. This will be followed by treatment sessions that will be specifically tailored for you.
Why therapy with me?
Previous clients have used adjectives such as ‘warm’, ‘down to earth’, ‘calm’, ‘perceptive’ and ‘gentle but honest’ to describe me as a therapist. My emphasis on good personal self-care and development has enabled me to consistently offer the above qualities to my clients. A good fit between a client and a therapist is key. This is why I strongly encourage you to get in touch for a free initial conversation to get a sense if we could work well together.
Further, having grown up and lived internationally (UK, Hong Kong and Italy), and having travelled widely to many corners of the world (for example, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Bahrain), I bring into the therapy space a deep sense of openness, curiosity and empathy to a wide range of ways in seeing and being in the world. In therapy, I do not only aim to help you work on the struggles that you are facing, but to help you recognise your unique personal story and strengths.
Training, qualifications and experience
I’m a DBS-checked, fully accredited and experienced specialist cognitive behavioural therapist.
Qualifications and training:
- IAPT Supervisor Training for High Intensity Therapists, University of Surrey
- Post-Graduate training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), University of Surrey
- MSc Counselling Psychology, City, University of London
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Training Ltd
- Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training, School of Positive Transformation
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Part 1 to 3, Richman Training Ltd
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, University College London (UCL)
I am also trained in compassion-focussed therapy (CFT).
I have 13 years of working in mental health and am a long-term meditation practitioner.
I have successfully provided short, medium and long-term psychological therapies to adults in a variety of settings, both NHS and private, working with clients presenting with straightforward to more complex needs. I have also been invited to supervise therapists, and examine trainee therapists.
Equipped with many strings in my therapist bow, I aim to get to know you, offer you a safe space to explore your difficulties, and tailor treatment attentively to your needs.
I’m registered with the:
Code of ethics
I follow the ethical codes and standards of proficiency laid out by the:
Fees and availability
- Free 20-minute initial consultation
- £90 per 50-minute individual session
- Face-to-face availability at London Bridge on Mondays
- Online (Zoom, Skype, Doxy.me) and telephone availability
- Major insurance providers accepted
- Please provide at least 48 hours’ notice to cancel