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"Following a ten-year career in hospital pharmacy, I was inspired by my own therapeutic journey to train as a counselling psychologist. The experience of my own therapy was powerful and it enabled me to make many meaningful and enduring changes in my life. While the process of therapy was demanding, it was also both enriching and rewarding, moving me closer to living the life I wanted to create and being the person that I aspired to be." 

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I strive to be a warm, compassionate, and resourceful psychologist, and I employ a therapeutic approach which is individualised and tailored to each client. I view the therapeutic process as a joint and collaborative endeavour for tackling problems, and I draw upon a variety of evidence-based theories and techniques. Within a safe and supportive therapeutic space, I do my utmost to ensure that therapy is focused and goal-oriented, aiming to foster and empower change and improve psychological functioning, psychological flexibility, and well-being. Above all, I seek to enable clients to identify where they want to go in life, to harness their own inner resources to move in their chosen direction by doing what works, and to make the changes in their lives that they want, even in the presence of obstacles.

It is inspiring to work with such a passionate and highly specialised team of colleagues at CPG, who demonstrate a clear commitment to the provision of evidenced-based therapies, enabling our clients to achieve what they aspire to in life. I have found CPG to be an extremely supportive and enriching working environment, offering many opportunities for professional development such as regular high-quality in-house supervision from experienced senior practitioners.

Elena works with a range of issues including: depression; a broad variety of anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety disorder, social/performance anxiety, panic, phobias, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder); binge-eating; stress and work-related stress; burnout; low self-esteem and low self-confidence; shame; self-criticism and perfectionism; problems with decision making; anger management; insomnia/sleep difficulties; relationship difficulties; ‘mid-life crisis’/loss of direction in life; and problems relating to particular life events and transitions including bereavement and loss.

Elena primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), whilst also drawing on more traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other, more recent approaches such as the use of mindfulness in therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). All of this is underpinned by humanistic and person-centred principles derived from her initial training in bereavement counselling.

Elena initially trained as a voluntary bereavement counsellor. This inspired her to complete doctoral training in psychology at City, University of London. She has experience of working in both primary and secondary care in the NHS across London as well as in the voluntary sector. Since qualifying in 2009, she has worked in private practice and academia where she has lectured on various counselling and clinical psychology training programmes at institutions including Royal Holloway, London Metropolitan, Roehampton, and Goldsmiths. She joined CPG in 2017.

Hefferon, K., & Gil-Rodriguez, E. (2011). Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The Psychologist, 24(10), 756-759.

Kasket, E., & Gil-Rodriguez, E. (2011). The identity crisis in counselling psychology research. Counselling Psychology Review, 26(4), 20-30.

Gil-Rodriguez, E. & Butcher, A. (2012). From trainee to trainer: crossing over to the other side of the fence. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 40(4), 357-368.

Gil-Rodriguez, E. (2015). How to read and understand research. In A. Vossler and N. Moller (Eds). The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (pp. 47-60). London: Sage

Best, P., Gil-Rodriguez, E., Manktelow, R. & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Seeking help from everyone and no-one: conceptualizing the online help-seeking process among adolescent males. Qualitative Health Research, 26(8),1067-1077.

 
 
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