Ying Liu

Ying Liu

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - London

London SW19
Sessions from £85.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I see clients online and in South West London. Please get in touch for my up to date availability.

About me and my therapy practice

Each one of us struggles in life at one point or another. When the difficulties in life feel too much to manage on our own, counselling and psychotherapy offer a confidential and safe environment in which we can explore these difficulties and find the direction to lasting changes.

Started working with clients in 2015, I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have substantial experiences in working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and loss and bereavement. I also have experience and interest in working with clients with personality 'disorders'. 

In the process of counselling and psychotherapy, I support my clients to be clearer about what is happening inside and around them, which helps to uncover the strength for change and growth that each of us has inside. 

As a former lecturer in counselling psychology, I am passionate about facilitating students', especially trainee counsellors and psychotherapists', development and wellbeing. Please get in touch for more details.

I can offer sessions in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. 

The use of the title Dr in this directory listing relates to the member’s doctorate qualification. However, this does not imply a general medical qualification

Practice description

My approach to therapy is rooted in psychodynamic and humanistic traditions. My work with you will emphasis the meaning of 'symptoms', emotion and attachment, and understanding the impact of your past on your present life. My belief in the individuals' innate tendency for growth and positive change means that I will help you to find the strength within you to cope with the difficulties you are experiencing.

The meaning of 'symptoms'

I see 'symptoms' as a means of communication. They tell us that something in our lives needs our attention. Therefore, to recover from the 'symptoms' we are struggling with, we need to listen to what they are communicating to us. I will help you to understand the deeper meaning underneath your symptoms, which can enable and empower you to make changes.

Emotion and attachment

I regard emotion regulation as paramount in our psychological wellbeing. A good emotion regulation capacity allows us to notice and reflect on our feelings. We can be guided by our emotions and choose our actions depending on the context. I see my task as a counsellor as helping you enhance emotional intelligence, which is enabled by a therapeutic relationship in which you can develop awareness, acceptance, and understanding of your feelings.

Understanding impact of the past

Often our current difficulties have their roots in the past. Problems emerge when we stick to our old ways of coping. In your work with me, you might find yourself looking back at your past and developing understanding of how your current struggles might be shaped by your past experiences. You can also experiment ways of relating in the therapeutic relationship that are different from how you relate to others in the past. These can allow you to develop new and more adaptive way of managing challenges in life.

My first session

The first session will be used for us to find out more about each other and decide whether we can work together (sometimes this 'initial assessment' can take more than one session). 

In this session, I will ask information about you, what brings you to counselling/psychotherapy at this point in your life, and what you expect from me. 

This is also a time for you to ask me questions, get a feel of what it is like to talk to me, and consider whether I can be the right therapist for you.

The cost and duration of the first session will be the same as a normal session - £85 per 50 mins. 

I offer a free 15 minutes introductory phone or video call. Please get in touch to arrange a call. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Mood disorder, Obsessions, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Emotionally focused therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

Languages spoken

English, Chinese (Cantonese), Mandarin