Erika Mala
Counselling & Psychotherapy

My approach is integrative. This means that I draw on several approaches used in the psychotherapeutic field (both humanistic and psychodynamic), which enables me to tailor therapeutic work around clients' individual needs.

I believe that at the heart of all therapeutic work is the relationship between the client and the therapist. I offer a calm, safe and confidential space, where clients can explore their feelings and experiences within a supportive professional relationship. My way of working is down to earth with warm, open and accepting attitude. It is important for me to recognise client's individual experiences and to treat them with respect and integrity.

In addition, I offer my clients a choice to use creative techniques in therapy. These include: use of art (drawing, painting), postcards, clay, drama, puppetry, poetry, music, body and dance/movement. Based on my experience I have found the arts helpful when working with both children and adults experiencing feelings difficult to articulate or find the right words for.


I trained at The Institute of Arts and Therapy in Education (IATE), attaining MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and postgraduate Diploma in Child Counselling. I am committed to ongoing professional development.

My other professional qualifications and skills are:

Mindfulness

Certificate EMDR, Level 1,2 (A. Richman- EMDR Training)
Certificate EMDR Children & Adolescents, Level 1 (J. Morris-Smith- EMDR training)
Certificate Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/ tapping), Level 1,2 (The Energy Therapy Centre)
Certificate Systemic Practice, Intermediate Level (couples and family work, SW London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust)
Practitioner Certificate in Couples Work (Metanoia)
Certificate CBT Skills (The Grove)
Certificate CATT (Child Accelerated Trauma Treatment) Level 1,2 ( LUNA), used with children & adults
Certificate Emotional Needs of the Child: Assessment and Action Planning (IATE, THRIVE)
Certificate Theraplay, Level 1,2 (parent-child relationship)
Certificate Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Level 1,2
Certificate Counselling Skills (IATE)
BA


Alongside my private practice, I have worked for a charitable organisation as a psychotherapist and counsellor for adults and children for several years. I have lead and delivered a counselling service in one of the London's boroughs working with adults, children, couples and families. I have also worked as a Counsellor and Art Therapist in primary and secondary schools as well as in further education (both private and state schools) and as a Psychotherapist in the NHS Foundation Trust. As an Independent Support provider, approved by several Local Authorities, I have also delivered specialised therapeutic packages to couples, parents, children and families affected by adoption.

I am an accredited member of the The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a registered member of The British Associations for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have regular supervision with a UKCP, HCPC accredited and registered child and adult supervisors.

I am DBS checked and have up to date Safeguarding qualification (Adults/ Children).

Adult Therapy Child Counselling Couples Work