Janis Briedis

     Chartered Counselling Psychologist & Psychotherapist    


BA, MA, CPsychol

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         London Psychological Therapy

A choice of therapies for a wide range of psychological difficulties

Psychological help is offered for the following presenting issues:

Stress (including work-related stress)


Panic attacks


Obsessions and compulsions (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)


Anger management

Difficulties related to eating (bulimia, anorexia, binge-eating)

Low self-esteem

Trauma (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD)

Relationship difficulties and family issues, past or present

Issues related to sexuality


Life crisis or lack of meaning/direction in life

Dealing with past or present abuse (physical, sexual or emotional)

Self harming

Substance misuse (drug & alcohol – past or present)

This is not a complete list of problem areas that I work with. For further information or informal consultation, contact me on the number or email below.

Commitment to long-term therapy is not essential as a lot of clients benefit greatly from a few sessions. Consultations usually run for 50 minutes on a weekly basis but this can be tailored to your needs. For more information see FAQs.

The principal part of my training was in existential-phenomenological psychotherapy which is based on the premise that therapy is a relationship between two (or more) people who are working together to make sense of the client’s difficulties and find a way forward. The therapeutic relationship – the primary agent for change in most therapies – is an egalitarian, democratic and collaborative process in which the therapist nurtures the client’s autonomy and creativity. The therapist’s role is to facilitate the development of the client’s awareness of their current and/or past difficulties, and mobilize and enhance their resources towards achieving their goals in therapy. In a good therapeutic relationship a fine balance between supporting and challenging is achieved, and the therapist remains open to being challenged and changed through their interaction with the client. Client is treated with utmost respect by their therapist regardless of their presenting issues, and the therapist attempts to enter the client’s world through careful listening and empathic questioning.

As one size does not fit all, so one kind of therapy does not suit everyone. I integrate elements of the following therapies in my work:

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a highly researched therapeutic model which is designed to address a specific issue by identifying and changing unhelpful thought processes which lead to negative feelings and self-defeating behaviours. A cognitive-behavioural therapist tends to focus on the present rather than the past and helps the client learn strategies to manage and eventually overcome their particular difficulties. A great emphasis is laid on the client learning to use these strategies independently so that they are later able to apply them without the help of the therapist.

Schema-Focused Therapy is a method initially developed by the American psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Young for the treatment of personality difficulties but has gained a much wider application in the recent years. Schema therapy focuses on the treatment of one or more of the 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas (or Life Patterns) which are self-defeating, core themes or ‘lifetraps’ we keep repeating throughout our lives. These schemas, in addition to the respective coping styles – surrender, avoidance or overcompensation, are usually developed in early childhood and persist throughout adult life. The goal of Schema Therapy is to minimize the impact of these maladaptive schemas and to create more adaptive relating and coping styles.

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an innovative therapeutic model developed in the last 20 years for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is usually brief and focuses on addressing dysfunctional thought processes, feelings and bodily sensations through the use of highly specific treatment protocols and procedures. One of these procedures is ‘dual stimulation’ using either bilateral eye movements, tones or taps which enable clients to process traumatic past memories, present triggers and future experiences while focusing attention on a set of external stimuli.

Mindfulness is based on an ancient Buddhist practice which has close links to meditation. It involves focusing on the present moment (rather than past traumas or anxieties about the future) and developing a skill of observing, rather than participating in, our continuous internal chattering with commentary or judgement. Through the process of observation we discover that happiness is not necessarily brought by a change in external circumstances but is an internal state in which we are able to let go of our attachments to our thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness does not necessarily need to be practiced through formal meditation but can be done on a moment-to-moment basis by bringing our attention to whatever happens in the present moment.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is an in-depth therapy which is aimed at resolving intrapsychic and unconscious conflict. A great majority of psychological difficulties and self-destructive patterns are believed to be rooted in early experiences, therefore a great emphasis is laid on exploring childhood issues. The goal of psychodynamic therapy is the development of insight by working through the client’s problems which often leads to the alleviation of emotional distress.

Solution-Focused Therapy  is a future-directed and goal-oriented therapy aimed at drawing on resources we already have in order to resolve the problem rather than talking about the problem itself. The therapy involves working with imaginary scenarios in the future that are problem-free and therefore enable clients think ‘outside the box’ and generate original solutions.

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