I am a BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor working with clients (of 18 years of age and older) individually. I see clients for face-to-face work in consulting rooms in Islington and London Bridge. I also work remotely with individuals who live outside of London and those that prefer to meet remotely.
I work with very diverse populations and so I welcome all to my practice. For difficulties that I can help with - please click
In my work, I apply psychodynamic approach. Psychodynamic therapy helps to understand self better, deeply, by helping to make sense of current and past experiences. The depth of such therapeutic work allows a growth of a stronger and more authentic self and helps to discover new perspectives and more helpful ways of being and relating.
I’m here to support you on your journey towards healing and self-discovery.
"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength"
Ieva Jansaviciute MBPsS MBACP
I am a BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor working in a private counselling practice and also as a specialist mental health mentor in higher education, where I help university students address obstacles to learning due to experienced mental health difficulties.
Prior to this,I have worked at a counselling centre in Highgate and at an NHS Talking Therapies (IAPT) service in Haringey. In these roles, I have helped clients with difficulties relating to anxiety, low mood, depression, self-esteem, relationships, unclear life direction, identity.
My previous background is in psychology and mental health. For 10 years, I have worked in different NHS mental health settings (including an inpatient psychiatric unit, crisis service, and a recovery-rehabilitation service) where I have worked with clients therapeutically individually and in groups, helping them achieve their recovery goals.
My experience involves working with very diverse populations: different age groups and sexual orientations, with individuals from different walks of life and from different ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds. I have learnt that our backgrounds can shape us in a major way, but that equally there can be too many preconceptions. I therefore believe that a special attention needs to be given to understanding individual experiences. All feelings and experiences matter and so I welcome all to my practice.
QUALIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
BSc (hons) Psychology
MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology
FY in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
BACP accred Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling
Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (in progress)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) - 380815
British Psychological Society (BPS) - 435756
European Association for Counselling - IM2002
Lithuanian Psychological Association - Active Member
As a member of these professional-standard bodies, I am bound to abide by the code of ethical and professional practice, which includes ensuring clients' safety and confidentiality, and my commitment to maintaining professional standards through on-going supervision and professional development.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that helps with emotional, psychological and mental health difficulties. It involves having a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where it is you and a counsellor / therapist and where you can talk about anything that might be on your mind, anything that might be worrying you, and where you can feel heard and understood. As a professional trained in talking therapy, counsellor will use evidence-based techniques to help improve psychological wellbeing and thus quality of life.
There are different approaches to counselling and different approaches have different session structures and use different techniques. Some approaches may be more helpful (and so more recommended) than others for certain types of difficulties. Certain modalities may also be more helpful depending on what you are looking for.
For safe, ethical and professional service, it is recommended to approach therapists that are registered with / accredited by professional bodies, such as BACP, UKCP, BPC, HPC and others.
My approach to counselling is psychodynamic. Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that some of our thoughts and feelings may be out of our awareness (i.e. unconscious), which in turn explains why we may not always rationally know or explain why we feel or act in a certain way.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to help gain insight into these unconscious processes, their roots in past experiences, and how they may be affecting us currently. It helps to make sense of current difficulties, our thoughts, feelings, behaviours, any repeating relationship patterns, as well as reasons for why we may repeatedly find ourselves in certain situations or around certain people. Such understanding of our situation on a deeper level helps us to get to know our true self, taking us to more authentic experiences and making us psychologically stronger and more in control of our inner world and our lives. Psychodynamic therapy helps to achieve therapeutic gains that have been shown to not only remain1,2, but also continue to improve2 after therapy has ended.
1- Fonagy, P. et al (2015). Pragmatic randomised controlled trial of longterm psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment resistant depression: The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). World Psychiatry, 14 (3), 312 - 321.
2 - Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 65 (2), 98 - 109.
Whether you have made up your mind to start counselling or would like to find out more, the next step would be to meet for an initial consultation. During this meeting, we will look at your reasons for seeking therapy and what you would like to achieve from it. I will ask some questions to get a better understanding of your circumstances, how I can help and whether I would be of best help to you.
It is important to have a counsellor that you will feel comfortable with, so the initial meeting will also be a chance for you to meet me and see if you would like to continue working with me. I understand that beginning therapy - especially for the first time - can feel daunting as there might be a lot of unknowns. The initial meeting can thus give you an opportunity to ask any questions and find out more about the process.
If we agree to work together, we will schedule a time for regular sessions. We will agree a day and time that suits us both and will be meeting at the same time each week.
There might be mixed feelings about counselling. It is very natural to feel this way because counselling involves getting to know the more unknown parts of ourselves, which can feel daunting.
Yet it is through this experience of getting to know our true self that we can break free from unhelpful patterns, distressing thoughts and symptoms.
Difficulties that I have experience of working and offer help with include:
SESSIONS & FEES
Duration & Frequency
Sessions last 50 minutes and take place once a week.
We will agree a time convenient for both of us and will be meeting at this time each week.
I offer counselling in person, as well as remotely (online).
In person sessions are offered in consulting rooms in Highbury & Islington (N5) and London Bridge (SE1).
Remote sessions are delivered using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.
Informal telephone conversation (5-10min) - FREE
Remote sessions: £50
In person sessions: £60
I hold a few reduced fee spaces for individuals who may otherwise not afford therapy. If you are interested in a reduced fee - please enquire.