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Specialisms

  • Eating

    Anorexia, Binge and over eating, Bulimia, Night eating, Obesity, Pica, Purging, Restrictive food intake, Rumination, and Weight management

  • Relationships

    Abandonment, Affairs / infidelity, Attachment issues, Breakups, divorce and separation, Codependency, Communication difficulties, Cross cultural, Doubt in relationships, Intimacy, Marriage problems, Parenting related, Peer relationships, Premarital counselling, Same sex couple issues, and Rejection

  • Family

    Adoption, Blended families, Carer support, and Conflict

  • Abuse

    Emotional, Physical, and Sexual

  • Mood

    Disruptive mood dysregulation and Hypomania

  • Identity

    Gender identity, Identity crisis, LGBTQ, Sexual orientation, Women's issues, Men's issues, Cultural / religious identity, Discrimination, and Racial identity

  • Personal

    Boundary setting, Childhood related, Confidence, Feeling lost, Goal setting, Life transition, Life coaching, Mid life crisis, Motivation, Personal development, Self esteem, and Guilt

  • Anger

    Aggression, Anger management, and Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Addiction

    Internet and Social media

  • Depression

    Dysthymia, Pre and post-natal depression, Self harm, Seasonal affective, Suicidal thoughts, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and Major

  • Grief / loss

  • Anxiety / stress

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Violeta Gaddum

Senior Psychologist | Specialist Couple & Family Psychotherapist | Clinical Supervisor
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16 Years Experience

As part of life, we all run into unexpected surprises, stresses, and losses. Our relationships, our work, our health change. We change. These transitions can have an impact on our feelings, creating sometimes physical problems and/or impairing our ability to cope. It is hard to seek professional support, so you being here...

16 Years Experience

As part of life, we all run into unexpected surprises, stresses, and losses. Our relationships, our work, our health change. We change. These transitions can have an impact on our feelings, creating sometimes physical problems and/or impairing our ability to cope.

It is hard to seek professional support, so you being here probably means that feeling out of control has become even harder. Choosing to work through issues on therapy is a sign of strength and courage. As your therapist, I am committed to supporting you, and will work cooperatively with you to identify helpful ways to achieve your goals, so that you can live life with integrity and quality. Sometimes it is about learning to cope, other times it is about problem-solving and finding better ways to communicate your needs. Or it may be about identifying bad habits, toxic relationships, or a wrong direction and creating change.

My experience of therapy is that good communication and transparency leads to successful outcomes. So, I work hard to create a safe and secure atmosphere for clients. Being engaged and active in this process means we can work together to establish changes in ways you never thought possible.

I am a Psychologist and Specialist Couple & Family Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience working in mental health, both in the United Kingdom and Brazil. While I have a large base of knowledge on therapeutic issues, I am passionate about my work, and invested in always finding new and better ways to help people heal and grow in ways they never thought possible.

For over a decade I worked for mental health services in the NHS, specially with individuals and families of young people and adults struggling with eating disorders. I have worked with a wide variety of client groups across different ages, cultures, life cycle stages, and clinical severity.

Some of the difficulties I can help you with include:
- Relationships and couple difficulties;
- Family conflicts (including communication patterns and life cycle transitions – birth, loss, separation);
- Parenting and co-parenting support;
- Managing challenging behaviour, including child aggression towards others;
- Eating Disorders;
- Intense and difficult feelings, such as sadness, anger, depression, anxiety;
- Unhelpful or unhealthy patterns of behaviour.

I am available for ONLINE individual, couple and family therapy, as well as supervisions and consultations in both English and Portuguese. Online sessions are an incredible resource, especially if you find it difficult to commute and travel for appointments for any reason, or need appointments outside usual working hours - I have recently moved to New Zealand, so I can offer you early and late appointments.

Qualifications:
• Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (2019)
Institute of Family Therapy. London, UK

• Masters of Science in Family Therapy (2011)
King’s College London, UK

• Post-Graduate Certificate Specialisation in Family and Couple Therapy (2009)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil

• Honour’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (2006)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (2005)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil.


Accreditations

    • Relational Therapy
    • Person-centred Therapy
    • Narrative Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Integrative
    • Family Systems
    • Collaborative Couple Therapy
    • Behavioural Therapy
    • Time Line Therapy
    • Solution Focused Brief SFBT
    • Cognitive Behavioural CBT
    • Systemic
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy EFT
    • Attachment / Relational
    • Compassion Focused

Available via Video, Chat, and Phone only

   
"Thank you! Violeta is brilliant, from the first session my partner and I saw results. She is patient, thoughtful, impartial and understanding. Violeta discovered things about our relationship that we'd not seen ourselves and therefore has brought us much closer together, we are communicating now with empathy, love and are a happy team again, thanks Violeta :)"
   
"Professional, patient, easy to talk to, looking forward to working with her. "
   
"I’ve had several therapists and counsellors over the years. Violetta is incredibly thorough and intelligent. Someone who is able to make connections and draw out the traumas but leave you feeling positive, hopeful and structured. Her steps are manageable and gradual. Could not be happier -first time in a long time that I’ve felt committed to work on my mental health and not give up after a few sporadic sessions. "
   
"Very personable and knowledgeable. "
   
"After a few false starts with therapists and feeling like I was never going to be able to move forward in my life, I was very sceptical about trying therapy again but i'm so glad I did. Violeta was so easy to talk too and understood my difficulties better than I could sometimes explain. She helped me to understand where some of my problems had come from and gave me practical strategies to help me manage the negative and self defeating thinking that had gripped me for so long. She is patient, compassionate whilst also being constructively challenging when needed. I have definitely grown as a person since seeing her, I feel happier, more confident and at peace with myself. Thank you!"

    Verified Client Reviews

       
    "Thank you! Violeta is brilliant, from the first session my partner and I saw results. She is patient, thoughtful, impartial and understanding. Violeta discovered things about our relationship that we'd not seen ourselves and therefore has brought us much closer together, we are communicating now with empathy, love and are a happy team again, thanks Violeta :)"
       
    "Professional, patient, easy to talk to, looking forward to working with her. "
       
    "I’ve had several therapists and counsellors over the years. Violetta is incredibly thorough and intelligent. Someone who is able to make connections and draw out the traumas but leave you feeling positive, hopeful and structured. Her steps are manageable and gradual. Could not be happier -first time in a long time that I’ve felt committed to work on my mental health and not give up after a few sporadic sessions. "
       
    "Very personable and knowledgeable. "
       
    "After a few false starts with therapists and feeling like I was never going to be able to move forward in my life, I was very sceptical about trying therapy again but i'm so glad I did. Violeta was so easy to talk too and understood my difficulties better than I could sometimes explain. She helped me to understand where some of my problems had come from and gave me practical strategies to help me manage the negative and self defeating thinking that had gripped me for so long. She is patient, compassionate whilst also being constructively challenging when needed. I have definitely grown as a person since seeing her, I feel happier, more confident and at peace with myself. Thank you!"
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