Hello, I’m Vasili.
I am a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist based in Surbiton (South West London) offering personalised, confidential and relaxed one-to-one psychotherapy sessions for a wide range of life challenges and difficulties. Accredited by the BACP and the BABCP, two of the leading therapy organisations, I provide integrative psychotherapy and counselling, helping you to make sense of your situation and to find the right solutions to overcome your personal challenges.
My way of working is based on integrative psychotherapy, in that I draw from a range of strongly evidenced psychological approaches. However, my thinking is primarily informed by psychodynamic and psychoanalytic literature. I place emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and I aim to establish a safe and supportive alliance with my clients. Our relationship and the space we co-create then allows us to explore how your past experiences and relationships are influencing your way of being in life as well as your choices, values, beliefs, relationships with others in the present.
My clinical view is that most, if not all, of the psychic troubles we experience are rooted in early life experiences and traumatic events. Whatever your problems or symptoms might be in the here and now, it is likely that they are the consequence of the ways you have learned to manage or avoid these painful, frightening and distressing inner experiences. As a result, the repeated avoidance of emotions has the most detrimental impact on our wellbeing as we struggle to have a sense of who we really are, with what we want and don’t want, often leading to uncertainty and confusion, a loss of direction, and overall dissatisfaction with life.
My therapeutic aim in our work together is to appropriately and sensitively revisit and process earlier traumas and life experiences which can then lead to more creative ways of living your life and to the resolution of any unhelpful or dysfunctional patterns. In turn, this will allow you to find more effective ways to manage the inevitable stress and pain that life brings.
How we achieve your desired outcome in therapy depends on what this would look like to you and what you believe is standing in the way of you achieving this. This would likely involve me helping you understand your inner experience on both a conscious and unconscious level, and helping you to identify and let of go of the avoidance strategies that you have learned in order to cope with these experiences. As you become more comfortable with getting to know who you really and letting go of any maladaptive strategies, you will gain greater access to your inner experience, ultimately leading to the alleviation of symptoms, the development of a more coherent sense of self, and the removal of internal barriers to leading the life that you want.
Sessions take place on a weekly basis at the same day and time each week.
My clinical experience comprises a background of over 10 years experience in the field of applied psychology. I have worked in a clinical capacity as both a psychological therapist and a supervisor across a range of public and private settings. I now split my time between a busy NHS psychological therapies service where I work as a Senior Psychological Therapist, a charity that offers long-term counselling, and my private practice.
In addition to my formal clinical training, I undertake ongoing training in the form of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - I am particularly interested in childhood traumatic experiences and the field of sexuality.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Life transition and adjustment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (in final stages)
PGDip High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
PGCert in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
PGCert Bereavement Counselling
MSc Health Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Providing a safe space
I offer a comfortable, relaxed and safe space in which to provide you with my full attention whilst we work together to help you find the right solutions to your challenges.
Where I am
46 Victoria Road
My current fee structure varies between £55 and £75 for a 50-minute session. This is negotiated with you upon our first meeting, based on your financial circumstances. Payment for your session can be made using cash, cheque, electronic transfer (BACS), or card. All major cards, including Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted.
Insurance policy holders: I am recognised by the following health insurance providers: AXA, VitalityHealth, Aviva, Healix Health Services, WPA, IPRS Health, and Moving Minds.
Get in touch with me
If you would like any further information or wish to arrange an initial appointment, please contact me by phone or email, and I will be happy to discuss this with you.
Please note that due to the nature of my work it is likely that I will not be able to respond right away but will endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours.
📞 07988 990 350