Welcome to Kensington Counselling, a provider of private counselling and psychotherapy to adults, couples, and families in West London. Easy access from Notting Hill, Holland Park, Earl's Court, Fulham, Hammersmith, Gloucester Road
My name is Dr Nikos Tsigaras and I am an experienced and highly qualified Counselling Psychologist offering individual, couples, and family therapy in West London. I have broad NHS experience, across clinical settings, and with the full range of mental health difficulties. I endeavour to provide an ethical and confidential service, informed by psychological research, and tailored to your individual needs.
I have a special interest in relationship difficulties in individuals, often affected by childhood trauma. A significant portion of my private practice is also dedicated to couples therapy, and family therapy.
I have extensive experience helping with different forms of anxiety and depression, especially in the context of work related stress. Many people may experience depression as a loss of meaning or direction, chronic feelings of emptiness, boredom or agitation. Others may experience suicidal feelings or self-harm.
If you are exploring the possibility of therapy it is likely that you are struggling and you may be finding the search for a therapist daunting in itself. I am committed to making this process as straightforward as it can be while allowing for time to make a thoughtful decision. I will speak with you on the phone as soon as possible and we will decide if you want to meet me for a face to face consultation so we can explore your concerns. If you feel that my way of making sense of your problems makes sense to you, we will start working together. If we think that I am not the right person for you, I will do my best to find someone who is.
Here are some of the problems I help with in diagnostic terms if that makes more sense initially to you:
Complex Trauma and PTSD
Anxiety: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder (PD), Social Phobia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Eating Disorders and Body Image Difficulties
Individuals may be bothered by a range of distressing thoughts and feelings around self-esteem or experience difficulties in forming and maintaining close relationships. A major challenge in today's society is work stress and worries about performance and job security. Some people may be interested in personal development and increased self-understanding.
Couple problems. The relationship has reached a crisis point. There may have been an affair or affairs, difficulty conceiving, sexual problems, frequent arguments, financial problems, or feelings of stagnation and hopelessness. Communication has become very difficult and both partners are blaming each other constantly.
I often work with mothers or mothers to be who are struggling with aspects of their pregnancy and even dread the time ahead, perhaps because of experiences with previous children, or their own experience of being parented. Pre- and post-natal depression are not uncommon responses.
I am particularly interested in diversity and welcome individuals, couples, and families regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic origin, or spiritual beliefs.