Tamara is a cognitive behavioural (CBT) and integrative psychotherapist. Her main training took place within NHS services. Her approach is collaborative, open and practical.
I can help with...
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Changing bad habits
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Coping with chronic ill health or chronic pain
- Fear of public speaking
- Health anxiety/hypochondriasis
- Homesickness and expat identity
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive–compulsive tendencies
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Procrastination and 'stuckness'
- Separation and divorce
- Social anxiety
- 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
- Integrative psychotherapy/counselling
I see adults for short or medium-term counselling, coaching and psychotherapy. I aim to offer thoughtful, practical therapy for a range of difficulties, such as those listed above.
I will work collaboratively with you with the aim of gaining a shared understanding about what is happening for you and what might help. This could be through the practical, goal-focused approach of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), or a less directed space to talk and reflect – or an integration of the two.
In CBT, work begins with gaining a shared understanding of what is happening for you now and what might be maintaining the difficulties. Having gained this shared understanding of the ‘C’ (cognitions/thoughts), the ‘B’ (behaviours/actions) and how they interact with each other and with feelings, we then look at how to experiment with change. The final part of therapy reviews what has changed, what has worked and what has not, leaving you with a blueprint for the future.
Mindfulness is often taught now in the UK as an 8-session group programme. In my integrative training we learnt to blend elements of this into CBT therapy (sometimes referred to as the ‘third wave’ of CBT therapy) and I can offer these learnings where they may be in line with goals. I usually suggest that those who have a deeper interest in mindfulness find a course to attend with a well qualified mindfulness teacher.
Should you be wanting to work with a person-centred approach where there is no set agenda for each session and there is time to talk and reflect spontaneously, as a therapist I would be paying attention to emotions and patterns I experience when with you and reflecting this back to support you in coming to your own answers.
Training, qualifications and experience
- 2013–17: cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (postgraduate diploma) at King’s (Institute of Psychiatry) London University – this is a major level 7 training that equips therapists to work with full CBT protocols rather than only using CBT tools
- 2011–13: integrative counselling and psychotherapy (postgraduate diploma) at the University of East London – this training integrated CBT, mindfulness and person-centred approaches within the framework of Gerard Egan’s ‘Skilled Helper’ approach
- 2009/10: CBT interventions (NHS IAPT specific) – postgraduate certificate at Surrey University – this ‘on the job’ training was provided by the NHS for psychological well-being practitioners, a new class of worker in NHS primary care who coach people to use CBT methods for well-being. This is where I began when I transitioned from working in the commercial world to full-time work in mental health
Before joining the NHS in 2009 as a full-time employee, I volunteered for 7 years for the UK’s largest emotional support charity, receiving in-house trainings and studying counselling skills at evening classes while still working in a commercial role.
I am registered with the:
- British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP)
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Fees and availability
- £70 per 50-minute session at London Bridge on a Thursday afternoon/evening
- I usually recommend an extended initial consultation session of 75 minutes – the cost of this is £80
- If you are on a low income due to ill health I can sometimes offer a fee reduction – please feel free to contact me to enquire
Sometimes we may run shorter sessions (for instance when very depressed it can be recommended to start with 30-minute sessions as concentration and energy are depleted) or we may need a longer session occasionally if working on a specific task. Sometimes face-to-face appointments with CBT take place outside of the room, such as going together to the tube to tackle a phobia or together to a public place to overcome social anxiety.
For people who cannot attend regularly because you perhaps travel a lot with work or work shifts, I offer telephone sessions where appropriate.