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How can I help you?

I believe therapy is not about "fixing" people - there's nothing "wrong" with us. Symptoms like anxiety are not "disorders" as such - they are understandable responses humans have to difficulties and disruptions to our lives. Therapy is about encouraging change in some way and helping reduce suffering so people can lead more vibrant, meaningful lives. We are more than our stories. Most of us will suffer from psychological problems at one time or another and there are many, many reasons why. Whatever you're feeling there is no need to suffer on your own. 

 

Sometimes in life we all need to talk about things which bother, overwhelm or concern us or that we just want to make sense of. I won't judge you. Many of us may do a good job of appearing to function well to others, but inside we feel pain, confusion or unease. My job is to help you find your way of navigating through emotional and psychological difficulties with skill, empathy and kindness and to help you develop your own psychological resources. Often our greatest life hurdles can prove to be (in the longer term at least) a turning point to something better in the future. We all sometimes need help with this. 

You may have more than one ongoing concern - so we can prioritise how we help you. I tend to work on a brief basis with clients but there is no set rule as your needs are specific to you. However I think it always helpful to have the outcome that you want in both our minds so your therapy is focussed and potent.

Specific problems I help people with...

 
Adjustment to big events
Anxiety
Anger 
Assertiveness training
Behavioural change
Bereavement
Body Dysmorphia
Chemsex recovery
Healing from child abuse
CPTSD
Depression

Grief
Gender Identity
Interpersonal issues
LGBTQIA therapy
Physical & Psychological abuse
Phobias
Rape and Sexual assault
Sexuality
Shame
Sleep problems
Social Anxiety 
Stress management and reduction
PTSD
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About Me

I know that reaching out for help is not easy. Whether you come to me through recommendation, referral, a health provider or a search engine, it is important you choose a therapist who has the necessary skills to help you and who you feel comfortable working with. I want the best for you right from the start and clinical research says time and time again the "therapeutic relationship" is the single most important factor in outcomes - far and above the methods used. So finding someone you trust enough and work well with is a priority especially if we are not used to talking about ourselves or we have been hurt or traumatised. That therapist may or may not be me. So I always suggest at the end of the first session we both make a decision and check-in a regular intervals if we continue.

 

I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and have been in Clinical Practice since 2001. I hold Post-Graduate Qualifications in Psychotherapy and Psychopathology. My further training encompasses NLP, CBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Person-centred and Integrative approaches and hold British Psychological Society approved training for PTSD , Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Social Anxiety and and different types of OCD. I am down to earth, pragmatic and passionate that therapy is a collaborative process - my job is to enable you to find your own individual, specific answers to your problems. Clients tell me I am warm and easy to talk to and offer different ways of looking at problems.

 

Experience over the years has taught me that theory is helpful but what happens in successful therapy should not be dictated by it. Although some methods suit some problems better than others, no one size fits all and no specific therapeutic model has all the answers. What may work for one person will therefore not necessarily fit someone else. So I utilise a number of these approaches.

 

Away from therapy I volunteer for St John Ambulance and in 2021 worked for the NHS as a Covid Vaccinator. I also work as a trainer for The Active Bystander Company helping people challenge inappropriate and bullying behaviour for schools, universities and organisations including the Police, Civil Service and NHS.

 

I work both in person and online to suit your needs and preferences. I have a safe, quiet and confidential consulting room Regents Street, London, W1 and I offer online therapy using Facetime and Zoom. I work with clients both in the UK and around the world. 

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I employ a variety of approaches to help clients overcome their hurdles and enjoy the kind of life they would prefer. I integrate different methods including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Neurolinguistic Therapy, Compassionate Focussed therapy and Mindfulness. The only reason these "modalities" matter is that some approaches work better for some problems than others - so it helps to have a "toolbox".

In truth a great deal of successful therapy can be put down to the relationship between client and therapist, as well as the "modality" or methods, and of course the experience and expertise of the therapist. Most importantly therapy can be a collaborative alliance for your benefit and with this I have seen truly wonderful changes in clients over the years - even when they felt great frustration and little hope. 

I want the very best for clients so will check with you how you think we are working together very early on in therapy and then at regular intervals along the way to ensure you are getting what you need. If for any reason you don't feel you are we can discuss this and either develop how we work and change direction or I can refer you to another therapist. The most important thing is that you find the right therapist for you.

Therapy can be beleaguered by confusing terminology and can become too clever to actually be useful! So I work with clients how I would want a therapist to work with me: I am down to earth, approachable, supportive, empathic, human, non-shaming, kindly challenging and always with a focus on helping you achieve the results you want and helping to reduce psychological pain and negative symptoms.

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My Approach

VALUES THAT INFORM MY WORK

Here are my values as a therapist. They might help you in your decision.
 

No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.

George Chakiris

  • Genuine therapeutic change is both challenging and rewarding.

  • Human's are capable of self-healing.

  • Therapists don't change people. Good therapists offer people the space to CREATE their own changes. Whether you do or not remains your privilege and responsibility.

  • Therapy is about two people working together for the benefit of the client

  • Insight is one thing - our actions are what change our lives.

  • Integrity and honesty are central to ethical, honourable work.

  • No-one needs to be perfect. And I certainly am not.

  • We've all screwed things up in life and we can all heal.

  • Healing is progressive and takes time, patience and effort. No quick fixes.

  • I will work with you whilst you change, but will not help people stay the same.