Psychotherapy and Counselling for individuals, couples and groups in Highgate, Crouch End, Hampstead Heath and Camden Town
Individual and Group Psychotherapist
Individual and Couples Counsellor
KG Counselling & Psychotherapy is run by Katerina – a UKCP accredited individual and group psychotherapist, and a BACP-accredited Gestalt counsellor/psychotherapist (accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, MBACP Accred.)
She is the author of How to Understand and Deal with Stress and Your Mind Matters: How to Talk About Your Mental Health and features in comedian Ariane Sherine's 'Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person's Guide to Counselling, Therapy and Self Help', featuring Stephen Fry, David Baddiel, Charlie Brooker and Dolly Alderton.
She works long term and short term with adults, offering one-on-one therapy, couples counselling and group therapy in the north London areas of Highgate, Hampstead Heath, Camden and Crouch End. Sessions are usually face-to-face, but are currently remote amid Covid-19 measures. Face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy sessions ordinarily take place in modern, spacious counselling & psychotherapy rooms where creativity and movement are possible.
Katerina is a registered psychotherapist with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, providing one-to-one and group support for those in the performance arts industries. She also supports professional musicians via the Help Musicians UK Music Minds Matter scheme. She is the founder, producer and host of the music and mental health podcast Sound Affects Podcast, featured in NME's Podcasts for the People series, and in Therapy Today. She is also a freelance journalist and routinely features in the press and media around therapy and mental health related matters. She has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Metro, Newsweek, Wellcome Collection, and has appeared as a guest expert on BBC Radio, Psychologies, OK! Magazine, Grazia, Stylist, Cosmopolitan, The Mirror, Huffington Post, VICE. She works with journalists experiencing burnout and trauma from their work. 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. She has worked with playwrights and authors incorporating themes around counselling, psychotherapy helplines and mental health in their work.
She offers help with a range of issues including (but not limited to):
- Anxiety, including panic attacks, intrusive thoughts and OCD
- Depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self-harm
- Eating disorders
- Family struggles
- Identity: cultural, sexual, gender
- Relationship issues
- Redundancy, finances and work-related issues
- Sexual abuse, assault and rape
- Sexual difficulties and dysfunction
- Women's health: fertility issues, PCOS, vaginismus, miscarriage, abortion, pregnancy, peri/post-natal depression, menopause
Her approach is warm and empathic, 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.
She is trained in Gestalt individual and group therapy, holding an MA in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies (Distinction), post graduate diploma in Gestalt individual and group psychotherapy and diploma in Gestalt counselling. As an accredited member of the BACP, she is committed to ongoing continued professional development (CPD), which has included a post graduate certificate in relationship counselling at the Psychosynthesis Trust, and CPD in cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming at Birkbeck University. She also holds a certificate in life coaching for mental health. Aside from professional therapeutic qualifications, she has an MA in Comparative Literature and a BA (Hons) in Classics and French.
Katerina has previously worked as a university counsellor and specialist mental health mentor, also working in a variety of clinical and agency settings, including Mind in Haringey, where she was a life coach for refugees and care leavers. She was a Samaritans helpline listener for four years, supporting those with suicidal feelings, including working with the Samaritans Prison Listener scheme. She also worked full-time as a copywriter/editorial officer for Samaritans during their Men on the Ropes research campaign into male suicide. Prior to this, she was a press sub-editor, the assistant publishing editor at the Royal College of Surgeons, and previously production editor for a British orthapaedic journal.
What is Gestalt therapy?
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
How it works:
Please fill out the form on this website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a text/voice message with your contact details at 07980 814645. You will get a reply 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 you will be offered an initial consultation at an agreed time to talk through your concerns and decide whether counselling feels right for you.
Katerina in the press and media:
Grazia, The impact of news stories on survivors of sexual violence
Grazia, why are young women taking their own lives?
Stylist magazine, supporting friends in crisis
Harpers Bazaar, it's ok to feel disappointed during a pandemic
Refinery 29, Your guide to safe online therapy
The Independent, Beauty in the post-covid era
Psychologies, Maintaining friendships you've lost touch with
Louder Sound, Music and Mental Health
Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust's Wellcome Collection, on my 4 years spent as a Samaritans helpline listener
BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Oxford live interview, on clinical anxiety
Boogaloo Radio, Boogaloo Radio special guest for Alan McGee discussing mental health in rock n roll
SAOL, Societal expectations on women
Bustle, Why does New Year's Eve make you sad?
Huffington Post, Anxiety and cleaning
The Sun, Anxiety and sex
The Climax podcast, Sex in relationships
Open Democracy, What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?
Stylist, Dating after sexual assault
The Independent, Belly dance as support for trauma victims
I-D Magazine, Dealing with social media pressure and fear of missing out
Kinbox, Learning to deal with disappointment
Metro, comfort eating and why counselling/psychotherapy can help
Glamour magazine, body positivity
Metro, supporting a friend with depression
The Debrief and Grazia, 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
Scottish Daily Record, impact of social media on mental health
Broadly, feeling sad in the summer
The Sun, parent/child attachments
The Sun, sex & relationship issues after having children and why counselling and psychotherapy can help
Welldoing.org, coping with intrusive thoughts and images
The Guardian, routes into counselling/psychotherapy and counsellor & 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
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