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About Petra

I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and Supervisor accredited by UK Council for Psychotherapy

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led me to study therapeutic social work and eventually family and systemic psychotherapy. As an UKCP accredited  Psychotherapist I am committed to the well-being of all people I work with and I go above and beyond to cater to their needs.

I truly care for all people I work with, and I work diligently to help them find the answers they seek. I believe in developing a strong collaborative relationship with people that come to see me to maximize their success. My strength-based approach is rooted in Systemic Theory. Empathy and humour play a significant role in my relational style.

I have worked with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of social, emotional, behavioural and learning issues. First, as a Clinical Social worker and Systemic Practitioner with children and adolescents that were being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Since 2012 I have worked as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist with individuals, couples and families in my private practice, The Brandon Centre and most recently the Local Authority. I also worked as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist at The Tavistock Centre,  a specialist mental health trust based in north London.


In my private practice I provide individual, couples and family therapy to people that refer themselves to my clinic or that are referred to me by other agencies and professionals. I also provide highly specialist assessment and clinical formulations to children and adolescents that are referred to my clinic by Children’s services.


In addition to my clinical work I also work as a trainer and supervisor.


My therapy rooms are located in Kingston upon Thames but I also offer online therapy.

 
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About Bernice

I am a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist accredited by UK Council for Psychotherapy

As a young woman I proclaimed loudly, ‘I want to change the world’ and chose the career path of a Social Worker, in which I have twenty years’ experience. Over this time, I discovered that my idealistic notion is challenging, but I did not discard it but adjusted it and learnt that I can support others in making both small and big changes in their lives, which may impact their world.

As I gained more life experience, I learnt that I can change my actions, but it is my thinking that also needs to change. This influenced how I thought of myself and others and influenced my career path into family and systemic psychotherapy.

Being with and working with people energises me, which enhances my determination to help them seek answers, with the hope that they achieve clarity and success. This strength-based approach is rooted in Systemic Theory.

I have extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, and families in London and Surrey. Throughout my career I have worked closely with individuals, families and professionals in managing a variety of social, emotional and behavioural issues.

I trained at Prudence Skynner Clinic, which specialises in working with families and couples when an adult is experiencing psychological problems.

My therapy rooms are located in Kingston upon Thames and Chelsea.