Melita Rova Psychotherapy Clapham Junction

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About me

Professional Qualifications:
I completed a five year education that included an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the University of Roehampton (integrating humanistic, psychoanalytic and existential psychotherapy) and an additional two year post-qualification advanced practitioners' course in existential analytic psychotherapy with UKCP SAFPAC. I stayed in personal analysis for eight years. My first degree was in social work which was followed by a licensed ten year professional practice and parallel ongoing development in systemic social work practice (informed by systemic and family therapy),

I am influenced by humanistic and existential psychotherapy, relational psychoanalysis and psychodynamic practice. In 2020, I completed an additional professional program in dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) course with the Anna Freud centre to be able to offer short-term psychodynamic-DIT therapy to persons that need to access 'free talking therapies' in the NHS.

My approach:
My practice can be useful to people that are concerned with their relationship to themselves, others and the world. I put an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and I invite an exploration of relationships in general.

My approach addresses problems, situations and symptoms as significant opportunities for self- examination, search for meaning and change of mind and/or actions wherever this is necessary.

We will try to take up a challenge together, which is to revive your capacity to become more conscious about yourself, so that you may re-evaluate your potential in order to find your way out of confusion and stuckness towards aliveness and possibility. What I encourage and help with is an experience of your deeper humanity and the humanity of the other. As a result of this process people often experience an inner repose or rest but also an inner strengthening to keep up the 'good work' whatever each person's personal 'work' is.

My background:
I was born in Greece and studied social work as well as theatre and drama in Athens. Between 1998-2001, I worked as an actress and a creative play facilitator for pre-school and primary school children. From 2001 since 2015, I worked as a social worker for nearly fifteen years both in Greece and then in London.
As an actress I learned to appreciate the psychological significance of myth, story-telling, language, dialogue, embodiment and the human experience.
As a social worker I met individuals and groups during critical times of their lives and I experienced together with them acute multi-layered disadvantaged adversity, complex, compound and trans-generational trauma and substantial risk. My social work practice had a profound impact on my way of being and my worldview and together with my previous time in art and theatre they opened up the way towards psychotherapy.
I continued my post graduate studies in Psychotherapy in London where I have been practising and working as a therapist since 2014 with people from varied backgrounds, cultures and personal histories.

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