Get to know us - Elif Koklu

At our practice in Oxford Circus (W1W), all of our therapists are qualified psychologists, psychotherapists or counsellors. They are registered with several professional bodies, including the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as, BACP, UKCP and BABCP. They use CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative approaches, tailored around your needs to help you deal with your challenges and reach your goals.

Please meet our team

Dr. Raffaello Antonino

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Sheetal Dandgey

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Amy Smith

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Anna Hovris

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Samantha Harris

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Karin Kihlberg

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Alana Whitlock

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yasmeen Jaina

Counselling Psychologist

Tatum Aspeling

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Gail Freedman

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Caroline Tovey

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Andrew Aboud

Counselling Psychologist

Marisa Poggioli

Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Lynelle Roberts

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Sara Chaudhrey

Counselling Psychologist

Ben Dustin

Psychotherapist

Dr Sidra Chaudhry

Counselling Psychologist

Maryam Keshavarz

Psychotherapist

Stacie Hill

CBT Psychotherapist

Dr Joanne Warren

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Nicholas Sarantakis

Counselling Psychologist

Anita Sommers

Psychotherapist

Dr Anna Olszewska

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Didem Altay

Counselling Psychologist

Imogen Hg-Johnson

Psychotherapist

Anna Orlowska

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Soha Daru

Counselling Psychologist

Joanne Videtzky

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Anna Tavoulari

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Lara Lopes de Jesus

Counselling Psychologist

Imogen Healy

Integrative Counsellor

Nirmal Uppal

Psychotherapist

Carolyn Brady

Counselling Psychologist

Kimberley Long

Counsellor

Clare Biggar

Counsellor

Altan Mashbayar

Counsellor

Manuela Monacelli

CBT Therapist

Cathy Douglas

Counsellor

Elif Koklu

Counsellor

I am a bilingual humanistic and integrative counsellor (registered with the BACP), with a BA in Psychology and a MSc in Clinical Psychology. I have worked with adults from different walks of life within social care, charity organisations and my private practice.

I am rooted in working relationally, and prioritise building solid therapeutic relationships with clients by offering my full and genuine presence, empathy and utmost care. I strive for my clients to feel safe, held and trusted throughout their journey of self-exploration and self-discovery.

I have a holistic approach and I am interested in seeing the whole of the client. This involves their thoughts, feelings, actions and bodily responses and overall, their unique ways of experiencing the world.

No matter what difficulties my clients are facing; whether it’s unhelpful patterns, overwhelming feelings, challenging conditions or the past holding its grip on the present, I always endeavour to approach them with openness and curiosity. I aim to help my clients to gain deeper insight into their difficulties and themselves, gain new perspectives, make constructive changes if desired, ultimately helping them lead a life that is meaningful and aligned with their authentic selves.

As an integrative counsellor, I draw upon multiple therapy models to meet the needs, circumstances and histories of the individual. These models involve humanistic, psychodynamic and transpersonal (spiritual) ways of working. I also value creativity, and can incorporate creative skills if this is a suitable way for the client to express or to explore themselves.

I have a specific focus and experience in working with individuals dealing with early and severe trauma, attachment wounds, relational and identity issues, low self-esteem and negative self-beliefs and narratives. I employ a trauma-informed approach, bringing stabilisation and grounding techniques when and if it feels right for the client.

Diversity and inclusivity are of great importance for me, both within and outside the therapy room. My practice is anti-discriminatory and anti-racist, and supportive of GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, and Romantic Diversity) and LGBTQIA+ individuals, as well as those with less neurotypical traits. I welcome anyone with respect regardless of any aspects or intersections of their identity.

I have experience working and offering help with a wide range of psychological difficulties including the following:

*Practising in English and Turkish

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We're registered with AXA Health, AXA therapists, AXA counselling, Aviva, Vitality, Cigna, BPS, HCPC, BABCP
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