PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES LONDON
C B T EMDR CHANGE
Hi, I’m Ella, psychotherapist and founder of Psychological Therapies London (PTL). PTL welcomed its first clients to a small office space in Central London in early 2017 and since then has grown into a full-time psychotherapy practice; first in a creative space in East London in 2019, before migrating online with the pandemic in 2020, now returning to in-person sessions in the new location of Bristol in Autumn 2022.
Prior to setting up in private practice, I had worked in mental health and psychotherapeutic settings within the NHS for over a decade. Since being in private practice I have collaborated with The Tate Modern and East London Arts and Music Industry Academy (ELAM) to develop and facilitate well-being workshops and have also worked as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy lecturer and clinical supervisor at Goldsmith’s University, London, on the 2020/21 CBT post graduate programme.
With a realistic understanding of modern-life and the pressures that it brings; I offer a creative, compassionate and pro-active approach to therapy which values openness, self-reflection and the desire to change.
LIFE IS HARD. Emotions can sometimes inexplicably take over and leave us feeling at a loss as to what to do or how to help ourselves. Through good therapy people can come to understand their difficulties and what brought them to where they are now. Good therapy can help individuals and couples overcome the complex flux of thoughts, emotions and behaviour that trouble them, and can help them to feel more at ease in themselves, both emotionally and physically, and allow them to live more authentically, without undue fear or hypervigilance.
My background is in working with common mental health diagnoses’ such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have gone on to specialize in trauma, intimate relationships and sexual difficulties. My role as a clinician is to help clients to process difficult past experiences so that these do not negatively inform or disrupt their present lives.
Therapy is not a magic wand, but it certainly has light-bulb moments and can bring about long-lasting meaningful change.
CBT & EMDR Therapies
As a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner, with over 15 years’ experience of working and training within the NHS, private and academic settings, I provide evidence-based psychotherapy which emphasizes the use of theoretical and practical therapy approaches which have a solid research-base behind them. I draw upon cutting-edge techniques which are proven to get results and are recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). My objective as a therapist is to work compassionately with you to help you to live in a more fulfilled and joyful way because at the moment, for whatever reason, life has not turned out the way that you had hoped.
CBT and EMDR are theoretically and therapeutically very different approaches and work quite differently in the therapy room, but in my therapy practice have proved to be extremely good bedfellows; combining logic, strategy and planning with deep emotional and belief shift. Being skilled at integrating the two approaches also allows for flexibility throughout the therapy journey and creates responsive psychotherapeutic experiences which can be truly transformational.
PSYCHOSEXUAL and RELATIONSHIP Therapy
Sex and sexuality are complex aspects of ourselves which deeply affect us, whether consciously or unconsciously, and yet are also areas of our lives which historically have often been neglected, rejected and dismissed in clinical settings and in society. This response may have mirrored how you have experienced your own sexuality or sexual history or your experience of others. In therapy, I provide a space to gently explore these experiences either individually or with your partner (or both), to understand and work through how different life experiences might have impacted your sex life and relationship now. Helping you to shed light on why certain things might be happening either physically or emotionally for you or between you and your partner and supporting you to resolve these and/or move forward where you might feel stuck.
In Relationship/Couples therapy, people may come with a clear presenting sexual difficulty or it may be that you and your partner feel stuck in another area of your life or you are unsure why things are not working as they once did. Common themes include blocks in communication- not being heard or listened to, infidelity, boredom, blame, ‘are we right for each other?’, opening up the relationship, feeling neglected, feeling resentful, the ‘are we just housemates?’ feeling- or just wanting to a space to have someone support you as a couple to navigate difficult conversations. It may be helpful to know that couples therapy can also include some individual therapy sessions.
I invite my clients to become curious about themselves and how they interpret and respond to others and the world around them; cultivating a stance of self-acceptance and a commitment to overcoming psychological distress and changing behaviour that doesn’t serve them.