Tilia Therapy

About Tilia Therapy

During maternity leave, I went into therapy in order to work through my identity changes as a new Mum, where this new experience, quite honestly, blew me away. It was immensely helpful (transformative, in fact), but I found it difficult to make work with my son. Therapy became very expensive due to the childcare costs on top of the therapy itself, and I missed a number of appointments because of feeding and… well, the chaos of new mummahood just means that happens sometimes! I was also experiencing some natural work shifts around this time, so was at a crossroads. I wanted to do something that would fit nicely around family life, and through my own therapy, something clicked. I decided to retrain in counselling and psychotherapy, and following two years of study and another babe thrown casually into the mix, I founded Tilia Therapy.

During my training I was exposed to online therapy, and was surprised at how brilliant it was! It seemed to tick all the boxes that I was missing in my own therapy. There was flexible access, (even working through time zones if needed), being able to meet with clients who were within the comfort of their own home, perhaps with the little ones sleeping or feeding – honestly it didn’t really matter. It would have been just what I needed.

I’m continually aware of the level of vulnerability some new mums reach. Within the newness of motherhood, never has it been more important for them to have a therapeutic space to share safely. Yet this can be difficult to access because of unpredictable sleep and feeding schedules – let alone even getting out of the house! Babies and boobs are always welcome in sessions, and past clients have been known to attend in dressing gowns 🙂 The same is true for single parents, who, if working a busy day job might struggle with accessing therapeutic support in the evenings.

I work with clients by using integrated models of therapy to help individuals overcome challenges and reach potential. This means I might use a number of different approaches or tools from various schools of counselling and human psychology according to individual need. My passion is for clients to experience change, healing and gain a deep understanding of themselves through the therapeutic process. I seek to create a safe and non-judgmental space where the therapy takes place through a warm and genuine relationship, assisting the client in developing healthier and more sustainable self-support and external support systems. I’m registered with the BACP and the ACC, and am listed on the Counselling Directory.

As well as offering online counselling through video conferencing, I also work face-to-face in Clapham Junction and Earlsfield in South West London, and my colleague Sarah works face-to-face in Sutton. We work with ages 18+. Alongside Tilia, I lecture in Mental Health in the Community and Supporting Wellbeing in Children and Young People for the Open University.

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Ali Xavier

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