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Styliani Stathi
Counsellor in Camden Town - Registered 6+ Years

Registered Counsellor Styliani Stathi
Full address provided upon booking, The Stables Market
Camden Town
London
NW1 8AH
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  • Individual £60 - 60 minutes
Engagement rate - 29% of enquirers became verified clients

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes
  • Weekday Evenings

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Bulimia
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress


Therapies

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy


Languages

  • English
  • Greek


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6+ Years Post-Registration Experience

Hello. I'm Styliani. I'm a registered counsellor and psychotherapist - I assist individuals with their psychological wellbeing. I hold private sector experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist. My focus includes Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and bulimia nervosa, and the specific difficulties encountered by women.

What to Expect

A preliminary assessment appointment helps you to discover if you are comfortable with me, share what concerns you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and determine if therapy could help you. Please use a contact option on the right to book a preliminary assessment appointment in Camden Town, London or Mayfair, London.

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You decide what issue regarding your childhood and/or adulthood you explore. The objective of counselling is to help you to talk about a problem and find a way forward that is right for you.

Psychology

Psychology is interested in you and your thoughts, feelings and actions. It offers you psychological treatments and mental health support. The intention of psychological therapies is to help you ease symptoms.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the difficulties you face. It explores your thoughts, emotions and relevant events in your history. Psychotherapy intends to help you change or discover suitable ways of coping.

Thoughts on Mental Health

The vast majority of people suffering from BDD have been found to have experienced early emotional trauma in the form of bullying. This can range from being (seemingly humorously) teased, to being verbally and possibly physically attacked in an openly aggressive way. In the case of BDD sufferers, the bullying is usually specific to a characteristic of appearance, which leads to the development of a very negative self/body-image, especially when that is received during the very sensitive and formative periods of childhood and adolescence. Often we do not realise what a deep and lasting effect our words can have, even when presented as a joke or friendly teasing. It is not at all unusual for such comments or behaviours to come from family members or close friends, which might make their impact even stronger, as a result of the intimacy involved and of the positive feelings towards these people getting mixed up with the hurt their teasing induces. The repetitiveness of such incidents and the lack of sufficient and effective support are also factors that can significantly contribute to the development of the disorder.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
One of the most consistent findings in anorexia sufferers, from a personality perspective, is the characteristic of perfectionism - you may have a rigid, rather uncompromising, and often exclusive focus on achieving the particularly high goals that you set for yourself, and on being and appearing as 'the best' at what you do. Thus, your body turns into another achievement and has to be formed into the 'perfect version' of itself, according to your perception. Perfectionism is characterised by a very 'black-and-white' way of thinking, which is reflected in the way you may classify different food types into 'good' and 'bad', and completely eliminate the bad ones from your diet, as well as in your unyielding intolerance of signs of body flesh that you perceive as fat. Underneath this burning desire to be 'perfect', there is the underlying core belief that you are 'never enough', the origins of which may be found in childhood experiences and messages within your family. It is no coincidence that anorexia typically tends to affect over-achieving, highly successful girls and women, coming from families who greatly value and encourage these traits.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of anorexia nervosa
We are all influenced by our parents' patterns of thinking and behaving. Likewise, the family environment you grow up in may, in different ways, encourage the development of Binge Eating Disorder later in life. Eating for emotional reasons, which is a fundamental characteristic of BED, can be picked up on and assumed by children when they observe their parents or other family members engaging in this behaviour - even more so when food is explicitly used as a reward or punishment toward the children themselves. If your family used, or abused, food as a coping mechanism, you may have found that free, healthy, genuine emotional expression was not encouraged or even allowed, as grown-ups who are not comfortable and intimate with their own emotions are bound to treat their children's emotional display the same way. This tendency towards emotional suppression, in combination with the behaviour of overeating being passed down from one generation to the next, within your family, can lead to you establishing a love-and-hate relationship with food and fostering impulsive behaviour. Both of these set the foundation for the more serious and challenging manifestation of Binge Eating Disorder, with its more compulsive and secretive nature, to develop.
Read More: Therapists explain common causes of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Mindfulness is one of the most useful and effective tools that people affected by disordered eating can employ to deal with the challenging holiday period. This involves becoming aware of your moment-to-moment experience, without judging it or trying to change it in any way, but by relating to it with an attitude of compassion and curiosity. The practice of mindfulness can be applied on all levels, specifically in terms of the festive season. Being conscious of physical sensations will allow you to listen to your body's signals as to how much you really need to eat; mindfulness of your thinking process encourages you to externally observe any judgmental thoughts towards yourself and your body, without taking them as actual facts or getting caught up in their story; while awareness and acceptance of your emotions will support you in tuning in to your experience, instead of turning away from it, even when that becomes hard and unpleasant. This will also help you take action to soothe and comfort yourself in healthy and nurturing ways, instead of self-punishing or harmful ones.
Read More: How to cope with eating disorders at Christmas and New Year
Just like in other forms of disordered eating, overeating develops as a coping mechanism; a way for people to deal with painful and challenging emotions or situations in their lives, or to satisfy fundamental unmet needs. However, even though this behaviour can provide momentary relief and escape from intolerable situations, it also triggers negative, self-deprecating feelings, which lead to further episodes of overeating, thus perpetuating a vicious circle of emotional turmoil. In the context of a non-judgmental, empathetic therapeutic relationship, you can establish a new way of relating to yourself, with much more compassion, acceptance and understanding of the reasons behind your behaviour. From that place, weight loss can happen naturally, as the need for the mechanism of overeating gradually subsides, while the new coping skills get stronger. When the cause of weight problems is emotional, it is critical for healthy weight loss to happen as a by-product of consistent self-care, profound self-acceptance and emotional balance ? not as an exclusive goal to be reached at all costs, and certainly not through punishment or deprivation.
Read More: Could therapy help you lose weight? The psychology of overeating explained
This year, make a resolution to bring more joy and pleasure into your life. We often think that our happiness depends solely on external circumstances, but actually we are much more capable of evoking positive experiences in our life than we think. A good idea is to make a list of all the activities, places, people and anything else that makes you feel good in life and commit to engaging in one of those every day, or as often as suits your own schedule. Even five minutes daily dedicated to conscious self-care can make a vital difference to your mood and overall wellbeing!
Read More: 10 New Year's resolutions to boost your mental wellbeing in 2015
The causes of bulimia are many and complex - there is always a combination of factors contributing to both the onset and maintenance of the disorder. One of the most consistent and significant of these underlying causes is a great difficulty in identifying, acknowledging and 'containing' negative or painful emotions. Bulimia sufferers, for a variety of reasons, have not developed effective emotion regulation and self-soothing skills, and, as a result, the binge-and-purge cycle, characteristic of bulimia, may become the only way you have found to manage your otherwise intolerable emotional experience.
Read More: Therapists explain the common causes of bulimia nervosa

Qualifications Timeline

May
2014
Certificate of Completion
Somatic Trauma Therapy
Babette Rothschild (UK)
March
2013
Master of Arts with Distinction
Psychotherapy and Healing Practice
Middlesex University London in collaboration with Society for Psychology and Healing (UK)
July
2011
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
November
2008
Degree with Grade Excellent
Psychology
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Philosophy Department of Psychology (Greece)
July
2001
Master Practitioner Certificate
Eating Disorders and Obesity
National Centre for Eating Disorders (UK)

Styliani abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Chalk Farm, Camden Town, Camden, Primrose Hill, Belsize Park, Kentish Town, Gospel Oak, Regents Park, Regent's Park, Tufnell Park, Euston, Barnsbury, Dartmouth Park, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead Heath, Holloway, North Marylebone, St. Johns Wood, Kings Cross, Parliament Hill Fields

Nearest Train Stations

  • Kentish Town West (0.4 miles)
  • Camden Road (0.6 miles)
  • Kentish Town (0.6 miles)
  • Gospel Oak (0.9 miles)
  • London Euston (1 miles)
  • London St Pancras (1.2 miles)
  • Hampstead Heath (1.2 miles)
  • London King's Cross (1.2 miles)
  • South Hampstead (1.3 miles)
  • King's Cross Thameslink (1.4 miles)


Nearest London Underground Tube Stations

  • Camden Town (0.3 miles)
  • Chalk Farm (0.3 miles)
  • Euston Square (0.6 miles)
  • Kentish Town (0.6 miles)
  • Mornington Crescent (0.6 miles)


Wheelchair access: No

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Updated 23 October 2017