Psychotherapy @ Staple Inn – Bloomsbury
What types of psychotherapy and counselling do you offer?
My focus is delivering short time psychotherapies which are usually 16 sessions long for individuals and couples, however, if there is a need a long term therapy can be agreed.
All psychotherapies have the same beginning which is a solid assessment during the first four sessions. You will be talking with me about your concerns and trying to think about their origin. During the fourth session you and me will clearly formulate the comprehensive understanding of the issue you are working on and a clear way how to progress. We may use some flip chart to work on this part together. After that every session will concentrate on your goal. In order to achieve it, we will chose one of the therapies below.
Short-Term 16 Session Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy format)
This is a psychotherapy that concentrates on conscious and unconscious processes which means that you will be thinking about how your thoughts operate and how your emotions work. With curiosity we will explore whether there are some unexamined beliefs that drive you and cause your suffering. This therapy is particularly good for thinking about relationship difficulties and is very useful in working with depression and anxieties. Sometimes it can be used to work with bulimic symptoms in conjunction with work on feelings directly in the body. I like to use this psychotherapy in conjunction with mindfulness. By recommending you a suitable app, I will be able to speed up your recovery.
Long Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
This is a deeply supportive form of psychodynamic psychotherapy where you can explore your feelings and you will be able to find your psychological balance at your own pace. This form of psychotherapy helps to integrate your thinking with your emotions and your own self expression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Mindfulness
This is a therapy that will concentrate on how your thoughts work and how to bring changes to the way they operate. This then has an impact on your feelings. There is a modification to CBT if you decide to use – Mindfulness. I will recommend an app that you can use. Pure CBT encourages you to identify the thought that is a false belief and replace it with a more suitable one, one that resembles the reality around you. With mindfulness you will be encouraged to welcome and accept the false belief and where it feels in your body and bring an opposite belief to hold them together so acceptance may emerge.
This is particularly good for anxieties and managing stress.
This is as good as CBT but have an additional component to it that allows to identify the schema that drives your thoughts and emotions. It offers an insight into past relationships, therefore, it feels more rooted in a personality structure.
This is a space for those who would like to find direction in their life and seek work or relationship coaching. It is a set number of meetings which helps to pause in life and create a space that is supportive, confidential, friendly and informal.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
This therapy was originally designed for those who suffer with trauma, however, it can be applied for a wider ranged of difficulties.
It may feel a bit strange at the beginning as the therapist will move their fingers across your eyes for you to follow (a suitable modification of this is used online). While you are focused on following the therapist’s fingers, your brain can access the pain that is hidden, the healing and the resolution.
Compassion Focussed Therapy
This is more an add-on lens than a therapy itself. This Compassionate lens is added to a chosen psychotherapy approach. It is particularly useful for those who experience a constant feeling of guilt or developed a strong voice of an inner critic.
It is not a ‘wishy-washy’ lens. It means working on accepting a compassionate stance towards one’s own nature: to be empathetic to our own suffering and a commitment to alleviate it.
A psychodynamic approach with Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT ). EFT is more structured than pure psychodynamic apprach, but psychodynamic lens offers a deeper insight. Therefore, I connect these two appraches. Psychodynamic treatment on its own may feel very unstructured and goal-less. Couples in crisis need a clear structure and guidance. There is enough to deal with already, right? Having a clear agenda for the sessions helps.
Work Focused Counselling
Using psychodynamic framework, you will be guided to explore your feelings and mental images that relate to your situation and position at work in order to gain an insight, both into your particular situation and into organisational struggles. I worked in public, private and third sector organisations and studied psychodynamics of organisations at master degree level.
This is again a lens placed on your chosen psychotherapy. Particularly suitable for those who tend to dissociate from their bodies which, colloquially speaking, means they ‘live in their heads’. This lens may be suitable for individuals with eating issues and with lack of sexual libido. A good start to this is a book of Alexander Lowen ‘Joy: The Surrender to the Body and to Life’.
Centering Prayer/Meditation Support Psychotherapy
Perhaps you are serious about meditation but whenever you put your bum on the meditation cushion or sofa your psychological health makes you achy? This quickly discourages you from trying. I will help you understand the inner working of your psyche so you can get to this beautiful non-duality that you hear about form your spiritual teachers. I intend to do it, using short term 16 session psychodynamic treatment.
Psychotherapy @ Staple Inn – Bloomsbury
You may find useful some additional information below:
How does consultation look?
You can meet your therapist for a one off consultation. In a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere you will have an opportunity to explore what is happening right now for you. The meeting usually takes 50 minutes depending on arrangements. First, Kasia will ask you about your current situation and the pain you are going through. After that she will suggest what options are available for you. This may bring clarity in your current situation. After the consultation you may decide that you would like to meet once more the following week or to progress into therapy.
How long does counselling take?
Kasia will help you to decide but generally there are a few options:
Eight session counselling – Kasia will suggest how you can work together to change your ways of thinking and how to influence your emotions. This is very similar to 16 session therapy, when you and your therapist work together to build understanding of your current situation. Normally you and your therapist can come to a good understanding by the fourth session and the remaining four sessions are used to design and test strategies how you can work on your own to change your situation. The strategies will be specifically chosen to your situation and may include mindfulness with compassion and affirmation and some cognitive-behavioural (CBT) strategies that will help you identify your thoughts and emotions. Kasia may ask you to monitor them in-between sessions.
Please note that in order for the therapy to be effective you need to agree with your therapist an eight regular weekly appointment that will be reserved for you. If you don’t do so your therapeutic progress will be fragmented and the process will be frustrating because the time that you can attend may be offered to someone else.
There also will be sessions when a great progressed is made and session when you and your therapist will be still building some understanding and you may be feeling a bit confused.
16 session psychotherapy – this form of short term therapy is very effective for mood disorders such as depression and anxieties. The length of the therapy additionally provides the safety and support that is needed when you suffer from depression or anxieties. Your therapist and you will strive to achieve a change. This type of therapy is the most popular choice and often the most successful.
During the first 4 sessions you and your therapist will be building an understanding of your situation together, uncovering roots of your depression. By the 4th session you and Kasia will have a good understanding and will start to work on shifting the depression and anxieties.
By going deeper, Kasia will want to explore with you your current situation, your relationships and will look into your thought processes (how you arrive to think how you think, for example, if you are very critical of yourself or punishing). She will want to look into how the feeling of profound sadness has been building up in you and what were the triggers for your depression. If you suffer from anxieties you will be together identifying the triggers by looking closely into the situations that make you anxious. Kasia may also want to think with you about how you attach to others, the quality of your attachment and how this has been shaped in your childhood. She will be asking you about type of medication you are on and your past illnesses. Once the roots of the depression or anxieties are uncovered and understood, the remaining sessions will be used to shift the illness, which itself is a work in progress, when sometimes you will feel better and sometimes you will feel no change. The sessions will provide that stable safe environment when you will be supported to make appropriate changes. In the process you will notice how your true self emerges out of the old false self.
Again, please remember that you need to book weekly regular sessions. Your therapist will usually book it in a block of 8 sessions if you ask her. Please have a look at Cancellation Policy to avoid misunderstandings, but there will be a requirement to attend all 8 sessions if you decided to undertake the treatment. You can cancel 5 days in advance and you will not be charged but there is no guarantee that your old time slot will be available for you again. The priority has a person who is seen during the time when you cancel.
Long term psychotherapy – This psychotherapy can be open-ended or within an agreed time such as 6 or 12 months. It is a deeply supportive form of psychodynamic or integrative psychotherapy where you can explore your feelings and you will be able to find your psychological balance at your own pace. This form of psychotherapy helps integrate your thinking with your emotions and your own self expression. You will have time to make connections between different parts of your life, free yourself from unnecessary feelings and acquire a more integrated, stronger personality. The psychotherapist will encourage you to explore at your own pace your feelings about your relationships and your feeling about your past, present and future.
How can I arrange a consultation and when do I need to pay for it?
Just email Kasia at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing a very brief description of your concerns and letting her know the days and times that suit you the most. One-off consultation can help to clear your mind with a trained, neutral third person and can provide options that you can consider later.
Payment for consultations are taken via bank transfer before your consultation and it is usually within 24 hours of the time the consultation has been reserved. By paying up-front you are confirming that your intention of attending the consultation is serious. This arrangement has been put in place to protect the practice from those who arrange a consultation and do not come. When someone arranges a time slot, this slot cannot be offered to someone else.
These consultations cannot be rescheduled or cancelled, so be mindful when you are scheduling them as a refund will not be available.
‘I was originally wary of counselling, but I have to say, I had an overwhelmingly positive experience – I am now a firm advocate for it to all of my friends and family. I want to warmly say thank you for helping me. The impact your counselling sessions with me had has stayed with me and it looks like it will continue beyond. It has challenged me to grow out of my comfort zone and help me to make choices in life, both personal and career aspects.‘