Dr Nicholas Sarantakis - Counselling Psychologist
Dr Nicholas Sarantakis
Available for appointments Online via Skype Counselling.
‘If I can accept what I cannot change, find the courage to change the things I can and cultivate my wisdom to know the difference, then I will find serenity’
This paraphrasing of the poem ‘Serenity Prayer’ by Dr. Neibuhr best summarises my therapeutic philosophy: Life offers us plenty of wonderful opportunities to grow and thrive, to nourish warm relationships and connections with others and to embrace meaning throughout our lifespan. However, we are all sometimes faced with pragmatic and emotional challenges, when we cannot have what our hearts are yearning for, or when we lose what we mostly love despite our best efforts, or when unexpected life predicaments come along our pathway. It is never easy to accept and overcome such painful events and realities and it always takes some time, but therapy can help you when you have a compassionate and genuine fellow traveller in your journey, who will explore with you your deeper emotions, face and process your agonies and sorrows, collaboratively identify and work through your thoughts that prevent you from moving forward and retrieve your strengths from your own unique existence.
Nevertheless, reflecting on your life, thoughts and feelings is often not enough: Thus, we will plan together an individually-tailored, creative, but realistic way forward for you. I will be asking you for open and direct feedback throughout this process, so I can best support you in every step you make, in an understanding and non-judgmental manner. You will be the ‘leader’, but I will be there for you to fight the difficulties, tweak our plan as necessary and keep going until life starts to look brighter.
My areas of expertise are especially working through life and personal identity crises and psychological trauma from an integrative psychotherapy perspective. Meanwhile, I have experience of working with very diverse client populations, ages and presenting difficulties (most typically with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem).
Practising from an integrative perspective means for me that while CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and person-centred therapy form the ground of my approach, I will often suggest and discuss with you interventions and tasks that derive from psychodynamic, existential psychotherapy and more experiential paradigms, such as Emotion-focused therapy.
What motivates me to do this fascination work? The fact that trying to understand others, connecting with them and hopefully helping them become happier brings more meaning and purpose to my own life, it helps me understand myself better and grow as a therapist and as a person.
I have more than seven years of psychotherapeutic experience, I am a caring and kind professional who will listen to you with no prejudice and judgment, who will try to understand who you are and how you feel, in the best way that I can. We will tailor together an individualised therapeutic plan that will best meet your unique needs and visions for a happier life.
I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist in the U.K., a Lecturer and researcher in Counselling Psychology at York St. John University and a psychotherapist with a diverse experience both from the United Kingdom and abroad. I have full training to deliver CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Humanistic Therapy for a variety of psychological issues and difficulties.
I also have a psychodynamic 5-year long professional training in groups, families and couples and I have worked therapeutically in a broad variety of settings, including a psychiatric clinic, private practice, charities, schools, universities and counselling centres with clients of all ages and from a diversity of social, cultural and personal backgrounds.
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