PgDip, MA, PhD
Elena has successfully completed her training in Counselling and Psychotherapy under the tutelage of Professor Del Lowenthal at Roehampton University, following an accomplished career as an Education Consultant.
She has over 20 years of overall experience in the field, having worked for voluntary organisations, private practices, a refugee centre, NHS referral services and in student counselling in addition to working for Harley Therapy.
Elena was trained as an Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapist (PgDip) which means she uses different approaches in her client work (Psychoanalytic, Existential/Phenomenological, CBT) to find the optimum way to address her clients’ needs and tailor the process of acceptance, healing and further growth. She gravitates to Existential modality and has consistently enhanced her professional skills through further professional development undertaking a diploma course at the Beck Institute, USA. Her therapeutic work is greatly informed and enhanced by her previous qualifications in Linguistics (MA) and Philosophy (PhD).
Elena studied and worked internationally (Kiev, St Petersburg and Luxembourg), where she worked extensively with issues of diversity and cultural integration. She works with adolescents, adults and couples delivering therapy in English, Russian and Ukrainian.
Elena’s areas of expertise lie in working with depression and anxiety, loss and bereavement, marriage and relationship, trauma, parenting issues, self-esteem, work and careers, cancer and problems raised by addiction and abuse issues. She delivers both short-term and open-ended, long-term therapy.
In the UK, she worked for Refugee Action Kingston, Kingston Womens’ Centre Clinical Practice, Dr Cassie Cooper’s private practice and at London School of Marketing.
Elena views therapy as a shared journey and believes in equality in a therapeutic relationship. She follows the BACP ethical code of conduct.