Peter De Santis

Peter De Santis


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07751 265 046
Website

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Therapist - LONDON

LONDON E1
07751 265 046
Sessions from £70.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am only available on Thursdays for online therapy at the moment.

About me and my therapy practice

Hello and welcome, I am an experienced, accredited psychotherapist/counsellor working online, and where possible, in Shoreditch. People come to see me for a variety of reasons, such as: anxiety, relationship and family issues, depression, anger, panic attacks, trauma, loss or bereavement, low self-esteem or low self-confidence, social anxiety, feeling lost/lacking meaning/direction. I have a special interest in working with self-esteem, anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and low mood/depression.

I aim to provide a secure, open, non-judgemental, and trusting environment so that through self-understanding you are able to discover effective ways of supporting yourself.

My client base is varied and my clients often describe me as warm and attentive.

Therapeutic Approaches

My initial training was based on Existential Psychotherapy, but since qualifying I have learned a variety of approaches that have led me to integrate and use a number of techniques tailored to individual clients. This means that I have an "eclectic-integrative" therapeutic approach, but I also tend to lean towards empirical research with regards to psychology and behaviour. I am also open to using any techniques that may be instrumental or helpful despite their theoretical claims or assumptions.

As an eclectic-integrative therapist I incorporate a variety of ideas and methods that are helpful or effective according to your own personal needs and circumstances. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy (please see below in "Further Information" about the different approaches I tend to use). Whilst there are many ideas and techniques that I draw upon, my views and approach are my own.

Practice description

In practice, my role is to facilitate a space for you so that you can process and understand your uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, and gain awareness and autonomy in dealing with your difficulties. I aim to be present and interactive with you, helping you to discover the relationship you have with yourself and others, the role you play in your current situation, and the difficulties you want to understand or resolve. I will also be reflecting back what I have observed and heard so that you can gain valuable insights, enabling and empowering you to see things from different perspectives, and opening up opportunities to make more informed and authentic decisions.

Additionally, I believe that therapy is essentially an opportunity for learning, and if necessary, I will introduce you to psychological concepts that may enhance/support you in working towards your therapeutic goals. Furthermore, sometimes we may discuss the possibility of you working on specific tasks in between sessions. This is because for any significant or long-term change, it requires some repeated practice in alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.

Every individual processes things at different speeds, and so the work we do will accommodate the pace in which you feel most comfortable. Moreover, while much of the work occurs in the counselling room, the majority of personal work can be done in-between sessions. I offer both short and long-term limited work, and we will discuss how appropriate whatever option would be best for you.

A major aspect of psychotherapy or counselling tends to be about facing uncomfortable feelings. Understandably, this can be overwhelming and distressing. My role is help you discover effective ways of approaching and coping with uncomfortable feelings, which is part of the therapeutic process.

I offer both short and long-term limited work, and we will discuss how appropriate whatever option would be best for you.

My first session

The first session is essentially an opportunity for both of us to learn about each other. Afterwards, we can decide whether we are a "good fit", which is very important for therapy to work effectively. You will have the chance to ask me any questions, and I will be specifically assessing what your therapeutic goals are along with the difficulties you want to address. I may ask you to complete an assessment form either before or after the first session. This is to help capture additional information which can make the assessment more efficient.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling