Ondine Smulders Existential psychotherapist , W1G

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Are you dealing with a sudden crisis or are you feeling overwhelmed by life? Have you lost your sense of direction or do you just want to talk about a particular issue, for example you are feeling low?

Isn't it time you felt a little better? I am here to listen to you and to understand your experience.

As a psychotherapist, I offer a safe and confidential setting to help you explore and clarify areas of your life where you are struggling to gain insight. No subject is off limits and I will not ask you to talk about anything you do not feel comfortable with nor will I tell you what to do. 

In my work as an existential analyst, I emphasise description and reflection over interpretation. I look at what is there rather than what we would like to be there. I will use our therapist-client relationship to understand how you relate to yourself, others and the world. I stay open to any possibility and have no set agenda or planned outcome.  

Existential psychotherapy can guide you to a different perspective on yourself and provide new insight into your existence. This may help you to cope better with life’s challenges, both today and in the future.

If you think you may be interested in starting therapy, please get in touch. I offer an initial introductory meeting to all potential clients because I understand that beginning therapy is not easy and talking to a stranger about personal problems can be challenging. I believe that this can help clients to decide if they feel at ease talking to me and if my approach is right for them. 

Training and qualifications

I am a qualified psychotherapist and existential analyst. I have a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) from Regent's University.  

I am accredited through the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and abide by its code of Ethics and Conduct. I am a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (www.existentialanalysis.org.uk).

I have experience of providing both long-term and short-term individual therapy. I have also facilitated groups for anxiety and depression. I have worked in the NHS and at Mind and in private practice.

I have a personal interest in expat & third culture issues (including Brexit anxiety, rootlessness, belonging, freedom, identity and home), life's transitions (including menopause/andropause, midlife crises, lack of meaning, growing old and dying) and employment issues.

Before retraining as a psychotherapist, I worked for more than a decade in investment banking followed by more than a decade as an economist/political analyst in a think-tank/publishing house. My banking and publishing jobs gave me first-hand experience of the highly competitive and stressful nature of these work environments. In maintain my business involvement with a board advisory role.


Fee: from £85-120 depending on the location/time of day. I offer a few concessionary therapy places between 12-4pm. Feel free to ask me about this. 

Please note that no-shows and cancellations within three working days will be charged the full fee. Rescheduling and cancellations should be made on Monday-Friday.  



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