Katerina, Counsellor MBACP (Highgate, Hampstead Heath, Crouch End, Camden)
Katerina is a qualified, professional Gestalt counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (Reg MBACP).
She works one-to-one, long term or short term, with adults in private practice, in a GP surgery and in student counselling services, all in the areas of Highgate, Hampstead Heath, Camden and Crouch End.
Sessions are typically face-to-face, but can be arranged by Skype with prior agreement. Face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy sessions take place in safe, modern therapy rooms in Highgate, Crouch End, Camden and Hampstead Heath.
Katerina writes for publications including The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. Her comments as a counsellor can also regularly be seen in the press. In addition, she hosts a mental health podcast and provides consultancy for writers and media professionals working with themes around therapy and mental health.
She offers help with a range of issues including (but not limited to):
She works with individual adults 18+ only, including students, those in creative professions and journalists. She is also a trained life coach and is able to offer life coaching sessions to adults in addition to counselling.
She has a warm, empathic and creative style, providing a safe space for you to talk. Her aim is not to interpret or define who you are, but to support you to define yourself and what you want when you remove society's expectations out of the equation. Sessions can at times feel spontaneous and playful, and other times much more reflective with dialogue, really giving you time and space to be heard. Katerina may, where appropriate, incorporate creative experiments such as 2-chair work, drawing, dream work and visualisation exercises, but she works organically with what you bring to the session, without any fixed agenda.
Gestalt therapy was developed in the 1960s by founder Fritz Perls, focusing on here-and-now awareness and taking a more holistic approach to therapy. Often, it is not just what we say that can inform us about ourselves, but what our bodies are doing in relation to our words. We might talk about how happy we are, for example, but the tears in our eyes say otherwise; we could frown at the mention of a person's name even without realising it. In Gestalt therapy, we notice these micro physical responses and give them a voice. What are these unheard parts of ourselves trying to say? Through a process of curiosity and exploration, we get to the crux of underlying feelings and begin to build up a picture of our authentic selves.
"I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped."
—Gestalt Prayer by Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt therapy, 1969
Prior to training as a counsellor, Katerina was a writer, and a Samaritans helpline listener for 4 years. During this time, she also worked full-time for Samaritans during their Men on the Ropes research campaign into male suicide. She was later trained by Mind in Haringey as a life coach for young care leavers. As a freelance music writer and sub editor with more than 10 years of experience in the magazine and newspaper industries, she integrates mental health and creativity and understands how unconventional, creative lifestyles can impact lives.
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How it works:
To contact me, please email or leave a text/voice message with your contact details. I will get back to you as soon as possible between the hours of 9–6 Monday–Friday. You are under no obligation to book an appointment, however if you would like to arrange one I will offer you an initial consultation, where we will meet at an arranged time, talk through your concerns and decide together whether counselling feels right for you.
Initial consultation: £50
Individual sessions: £65
Sessions are paid in cash or cheque at the start of each session, or blocks of sessions paid in advance at a discounted price with prior agreement.
Katerina in the press:
Metro, supporting a friend with depression
The Debrief, anxiety attacks on the tube
Refinery29, coping with pressures of new year resolutions when you suffer depression
Welldoing.org, differences between depression and feeling sad
TalkLife, understanding self-harm and why people do it
Broadly, feeling sad in the summer
The Sun, parent/child attachments
The Sun, sex after having children and why counselling and psychotherapy can help
Welldoing.org, coping with intrusive thoughts and images
The Guardian, the various routes into counsellor and psychotherapist professions
The Evening Standard and Refinery29, house sharing when you suffer with mental health difficulties
The Tonic Magazine, relationships between parents and their grown-up adult children