Dr. Tjasa Velikonja

Chartered Counselling Psychologist
(HCPC reg.)



As an experienced academic psychologist, I adeptly bring together deep insights from clinical research and hands-on skills, enhancing my role as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. Working with people in various clinical and research settings has given me a well-rounded perspective on mental health challenges.

At the heart of my therapeutic philosophy is the creation of a secure haven where you can openly express your thoughts and emotions, free from the weight of criticism. I firmly believe that effective therapy should be as unique as the individual receiving it, tailored precisely to your distinct needs and aspirations.

My dedication lies in nurturing your growth and healing, providing support as you foster resilience and inner strength essential for confidently addressing life’s trials. An essential aspect of our journey together involves empowering you to evolve into your own therapist, nurturing independence and endurance beyond our sessions.

To accomplish this, I draw upon a diverse range of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, and various other therapeutic methods. This ensures that the strategies we employ are in seamless alignment with your personal progression.

My dedication to advancing psychological knowledge and my commitment to contributing to the field are evident in my academic background and scientific publications, which actively contribute to the evolving comprehension of mental health and therapy.


My professional journey has been enriched by a diverse range of experiences, refining my expertise in esteemed organizations within both the private and public sectors. I’ve had the privilege of contributing to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (King’s College London), the Anna Freud Centre (London), and the Institute of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York). While my research roles, notably in the field of childhood trauma, PTSD, and psychosis, have significantly honed my academic and research skills—leading to publications in high-impact journals such as JAMA Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, as well as active participation in international conferences—my professional journey has also involved impactful roles within varied clinical contexts, contributing across the NHS and prominent non-profit organizations such as MIND.


I hold a doctoral-level qualification in Counselling Psychology (BPS), a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCL (London), a Masters in Applied Psychology (Brunel University London), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (University of Hertfordshire).


Free 20-minute initial consultation

To assist you in making a more informed decision, I offer a free 20-minute consultation. During the consultation, we can discuss your goals for therapy, address any questions or concerns you may have, and explore whether we could work well together.

I set fees on a sliding scale, starting from £130 GBP for a 50-minute session.

Private Health Insurance

I am an approved provider for AXA Health.