Dr Daniela Hecht

Dr Daniela Hecht

As a counselling psychologist I am here to help and accompany you on your journey and I believe that within the safe and confidential boundaries of a therapeutic encounter I am able to offer you the opportunity to help raise awareness of what it means to be ‘you’.

Together we will explore what it means for you to exist in this world, look at and identify fears and anxieties and work together to overcome them. I am here to help you to investigate personal beliefs, values, hopes and dreams and assist you in coming to terms with a past that is carried into the present.

To be sure that you are in safe hands with me, here is a brief summary of how I got here:

Qualifications: 

  • I am a chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol), accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC).
  • My doctorate was a qualitative study on the personal experience of recovery of six former drug addicts using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
  • I hold a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regent’s University – School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology.
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (accredited by the BPS).
  • Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) with the BPS.
  • Member of the Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).
  • I hold a Professional personal and civil indemnity insurance and abide by and practice according to the ethical and good practice guidance of the BPS and HCPC.

Experience:

  • In my private practice I currently work predominantly with issues around relationships, intimacy, anxiety, loneliness and isolation, self-esteem, depression and a more general unease around existence.
  • As an honorary counselling psychologist I had the opportunity to work with a charity in East London where I saw both long- and short term clients from all walks of life from the age of 20-65, with a variety of presenting issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, sexuality, bereavement and loss, eating/body image, abuse, drugs and alcohol issues to social isolation, low self esteem and a lack of sense of meaning (Claremont, 2010-2012).
  • It was there that I also facilitated a Psychotherapy group for people aged 55+ for a year, as with the individual clients within an existential- phenomenological setting.
  • Unlike most substance use related therapies, I had the opportunity to work with recovering drug users in an existential phenomenological setting as part of their recovery treatment. The work I did and the struggles faced by my clients inspired me to write my doctorate thesis on the personal experience of recovery (Lifeline UK, 2011-2012).
  • I have worked with adults suffering from severe mental health issues, including Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality and other Personality Disorders (CHT, 2007).
  • As part of my professional training I have seen primary school children, aged between 5-10, within a school setting, both long- and short term (Place2Be, 2009-2010).
  • It is a requirement of my continued professional development that I have supervision and and attend courses to further my development.

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