Kasia Cole MEd, MSc Psych (Research, Psychodynamics), Grad Cert Couple Counselling, MSc Couns & PsychTh
MBACP (Accred) Registered Integrative & Psychodynamic Psychotherapist (Registration no 369496)
Psychotherapy @ Staple Inn – Chancery Lane
Kasia is an effective integrative and psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist with a specialism in psychodynamically informed attachment-based brief dynamic interventions.
Her second specialism is in the application of attachment theory to couple counselling. An understanding of couples through the lens of their ability to form certain quality attachments to each other helps Kasia direct couples back into a safe and trusting relationship.
She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy in an integrative clinical environment. Her core training is psychodynamic but in her practice she incorporates range of models and concepts including CBT, DIT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, CAT, Mindfulness, EMDR and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
Kasia is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is also a member of the BACP Division for Spirituality and the BACP Division for Universities & Colleges. She is a member of Birkbeck Counselling Association and an associate of the British Emotionally Focused Therapy Community
Kasia has been working in mental health sector since 2008 first as a special educational needs and disability teacher and then as a psychotherapist. She was active as a counsellor for Mind in Uxbridge, for Tavistock Relationships in Central London and for Marriage Care in Notting Hill and as a university student counsellor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Kasia has trained in world class training institutions:
- MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development (Sept 2010-Jul 2012) taught jointly by Birkbeck, University of London and The British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). Kasia was able to conduct her own research on how childhood disability impacts relationships and attachment. She was privileged to conduct infant observations under the guidance of BPF.
- Introduction to Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy (Jan-Jul 2010) and Graduate Certificate in Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from The Tavistock Relationships (Sept 2012-Jul 2013) which is a world renowned London base course. Kasia took this training further and connected it with research on how people form attachments.
- MSc (Couns&PsychTh) in Individual Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited and BPC registered training) with Birkbeck, University of London (Sept 2015-Jul 2017). Birkbeck has been training counsellors and psychotherapists for over 40 years. Their expertise on wider social systems we all function in and their impact on our mental health Kasia particularly appreciates. This training connects her psychodynamic and academic approach.
- Her training included nearly 6 years weekly training psychoanalysis with an analyst trained by Institute of Psychoanalysis in London (including 3 years 3 times weekly). Kasia holds the view that a psychotherapist needs to know their own self well in order to help others.
Kasia’s main interest is the improvement of mental health, the improvement of relationships and strengthening of families. Kasia is also focused on multicultural understanding – she has been living in London since 2006, prior to that she lived in Europe and studied Philology and Education with Psychology (M.Ed, Jagiellonian University) in Krakow.
I find extremely rewarding working with persons suffering with anxieties, depression or relationship difficulties, these are the most common issues encountered in psychotherapy as they stem from the most diverse circumstances. If this is something that cause you suffering I will be able to walk with you to those places that caused your pain and find a way forward.
If you feel simply ‘too sensitive’ in work situation or studies, cannot get your head around your family situation, you feel lack of clarity in direction of your life, feeling like a jig-saw that does not fit anywhere, or perhaps you experienced pain of relocation or abuse from political systems, difficulties with eating or pain around sexual identity, I will be able to help you stand on your feet firmly and know your value. Many of those who I worked at the London Schools of Economics sent me thanking emails after our work ended expressing gratitude for helping them successfully taking a direction in life. I myself, have an experience of living under different political systems (including a regime). I guess, sometimes, you need the psychotherapist to have similar experiences. It is very often that my work directs me to trauma, past abuse, social deprivation, addiction issues, shame around psychiatric diagnosis or shame connected to domestic violence as it happened from my early counselling years working for the mental health charity Mind.
I warmly welcome those who are overwhelmed with feelings of incomprehension of their work situations. Not only my own experience of being employed in public, private and charitable sectors help me to help you but also bringing these as a subject of studies. For my second MSc in Psychotherapy I researched extensively people’s experiences at work and the work dynamics.
As relationships brings so much joy but also suffering, I trained extensively in relationship and couple psychotherapy working for institutions such as Tavistock Relationships, Marriage Care and in private practice. I will be able to direct you alone or you and your partner to a safe space when enjoyment is possible again. I won’t be giving examples of situations partners seek therapy for because there are as many of them as couples. I would like to mention though, that at some point I completed an MSc in Human Development, observing babies and researching parents’ (especially mums) experience of children with disabilities. I warmly welcome couples who have these experiences as they weight heavily on couple relationships. I also have extensive experience of working with couples whose subfertility issues caused their relationship to deteriorate. I am married since 2010. The question always remains unanswered whether a psychotherapist treating couples needs to be in a stable relationship?