Roula Barlika

I have always been drawn to understanding human behaviour, what makes us who we are, what makes us react differently to similar events and what makes us make the decisions we make. As a result of this passion I studied Philosophy and Psychology. After graduation, I was drawn into organisational psychology and studied Human Resources as I felt I could utilize my knowledge and skills within organisational settings. After working in the field of Human Resources for a few years, I decided to train as a counsellor to deepen my understanding of human behaviour and to work on an individual basis with clients.  Since then, I never looked back. I love my job and knowing that I could make a difference, even the tiniest one,to somebody's well being is what ignites my passion for this job.

I work as an Integrative Counsellor with a person-centred foundation.  What that means? Counsellors and psychotherapists have different trainings and have different ways of working with clients. There is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, person-centred therapy, existential therapy to name but a few. Some therapists practice only one type of therapy, but others, my self included, do not feel that one type of therapy is sufficient to address the uniqueness of each client. I integrate two or more types of therapies to offer a customised therapeutic approach that suits your needs and personality. The basis of my therapeutic work is the person centred approach, where the emphasis is to create a trustful, accepting and authentic relationship with the client and to allow them to grow to their full potential. 

Here is some feedback from a few of my clients that could give you an idea on how I work and what they valued in our therapeutic relationship:

"I am so very grateful for all we have achieved together, I have gained so much from our sessions in accepting a lot about my life experiences".

"It's been a great help to my well-being".

" I felt accepted, you listened to all my venting, you helped me to understand my past so that now the present makes more sense. Thank you, thank you".

"I just want to say thank you for being a big help in guiding me towards that light at the end of the tunnel. It's a bloody long tunnel! I have come on a long way since our first session".

"My panic attacks have been reduced, you gave me the tools to cope with the panic when it comes. You helped me to make the links and understand what is causing my anxiety. I am a changed person in 8 weeks. Thanks so much".

"Thank you for your help and support over this difficult time. I have glided through the storm with your counsel, wisdom and encouragement".

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Diploma (currently studying)
  • Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Master's Degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations

Continuous Professional Development

  • Working with obesity, looking at food addiction/binge eating disorder
  • Tackling Addiction
  • Overcoming Low Self-Esteem
  • The Grief Recovery Method

I have worked as a counsellor for a Higher Education setting, for a large mental health charity and in private practice, providing therapy to clients from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds presenting with diverse issues. I have also worked as an HR practitioner utilising counselling skills in a diverse range of sectors such as the NHS, International Development and Telecommunications.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Counselling in Greek is also available.

Address
Unit 2, Beasley's Yard

126 High Street
Uxbridge
Greater London
UB8 1JU