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Ligia Kasanin, Psychotherapist

BABCP Accredited 
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Drayton, Portsmouth

"I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being."



How does it work?


CBT is a talking therapy that focuses on how our thoughts,

beliefs and assumptions affect the way we feel and

how we respond, physically, emotionally and behaviourally.

Sometimes we can't put our finger on what's wrong, but life

just feels hard. Anxiety and low mood can present in all

sorts of ways and affect our quality of life.

Maybe you're struggling to adapt to new circumstances,

or you're just feeling a little lost.


CBT has been proven to be effective in treating 

depression, low self esteem, and all kinds of anxiety,

including anxiety related to trauma,

as well as more deep seated issues that can arise

from difficult early experiences. 

It's a collaborative approach to understanding in detail how

your problems have developed, and how they may be being maintained. We'll meet usually once a week for up to an hour,

and together we will explore situations and areas of difficulty, identify any unhelpful cycles, and help you decide

what changes you'd like to make, and how. 

Foggy Pier

"There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
Leonard Cohen


I began working in psychotherapy almost 30 years ago when I became a volunteer youth counsellor. After training in various models of therapy, including Psychodynamic counselling, I discovered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which has been my primary modality since qualifying in 2010. CBT has a proven efficacy for treating many common mental health issues, and I love the collaboration, flexibility and pragmatism that this approach offers. In addition to CBT, I often find other methods such as imagery, or narrative work extremely useful.


As therapist and client we join forces, sharing our expertise and skills to explore, learn, and work things through, to help you feel happier and more in control of your life.


Before I left the NHS in 2019, I spent 12 years working in mental health services, the last 6 years as a Senior Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I hold a First Class Honours degree as well as Post-Graduate Diplomas in Mental Health Studies and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.


I have experience in treating a wide range of emotional and psychological problems, including: Anxiety; Low mood or Depression; Low Self Esteem; Phobias, Panic Disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Psychogenic (non-epileptic) Seizures; Health Anxiety; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Complex Trauma relating to difficult early experiences such as childhood sexual abuse.


If you would like to know more, please contact me for a free initial consultation, with no obligation.



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