"Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder.
Help someone's soul heal. Walk . . . "
Welcome to PsychoSoul Therapy
Welcome to PsychoSoul Therapy – an integral psychotherapeutic approach to inner growth and personal development. PsST encompasses all dimensions of the human experience and states of consciousness. It utilises a bio-psycho-social and transpersonal (spiritual) methodology for therapeutic healing This multi-layered process often enables clients to recover and reconnect with deeper, hidden parts yielding an integrated sense of self. PsST’s integrative psychotherapy employs psychotherapeutic techniques from various approaches. Its core focus is on healing deep wounds, reconnecting with self, and empowering the person to flourish in healthy ways. Long standing self-destructive patterns are reduced/cleared and replaced with self compassion and care. Please see my clients’ testimonials.
Dr Shima Espahbodi
– PhD, MSc, MBACP
My journey into psychotherapy began with the body – a scientific exploration of blood flow imaging in patients suffering with chronic back pain.
This was the topic of my 5-year clinical PhD research from Imperial College London. I am interested in the subjective experience of chronic pain and the relationship between biology, dis-ease and emotional burdens. These may be linked to unresolved traumas/issues often occurring in early life. Such painful experiences may develop into somatic blocks and/or unhealthy behavioural patterns.
As a Postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University, I explored the bio-psychosocial risk factors associated with chronic illnesses. This revealed the relationship between chronic pain, depression and anxiety in patients under our care for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other inflammatory conditions.
These insights and my extensive clinical experience - motivated me to become a psychotherapist. I completed my training in 2012 and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Trained in both clinical sciences and psychotherapeutic approaches, I offer an integral/holistic approach to psychotherapy. With a unique focus on the links between body and mind I am able to bring multiple aspects of self into conscious awareness. One of my focuses is on trauma-related therapy. My trauma-based work began whilst practicing as a psychotherapist at Oxford’s Simon House - a residential hostel for people who had become homeless.
Trauma Related Work
Many of my clients suffered from a range of moderate to severe mental health issues. These problems included anxiety, complex trauma, addiction problems, complex PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, self – harm, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia. These difficulties were often the result of severe childhood trauma and neglect. I am forever grateful to all the courageous men and women who trusted, shared and bared their souls in our therapeutic work together. My multidimensional training enables me the unique opportunity to integrate trauma related work with the psychodynamic and humanistic models in my psychotherapy practice.
This training was an invaluable experience working with complex-trauma related cases and crisis situations. Every session is organic and tailored to meet the unique needs of each of my clients.
Service Provided & Rates
I work therapeutically with individuals, couples, families, and groups from the ages of about 15 years upwards. My approach is integral, eclectic and inclusive of all subjective experiences. In a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental atmosphere, I provide a highly personalised approach tailored to the needs of each of my unique clients. I ensure that therapeutic healing sessions are always confidential and supportive. My therapeutic approach will create the dynamic needed with each client to catalyse the healing process.
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"Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots." – Rumi
“Therapy with Shima has been an instrumental part of my healing journey over the past year. Her multi faceted wisdom has helped guide me to the deepest parts of myself that have been ignored my whole life.”
Client MA, Female 26 yrs old
It was a big step to approach a counsellor but Shima is a natural guide through my journey healing from childhood trauma. She has empowered me with confidence, in a time of darkness.”
Client NH, Female 32 yrs old
I have felt safety for the first time in openly working through the depths of my own psyche, trauma & experiences with Shima, achieving great catharsis through her therapeutic perspective & warmth as a healer.
Client MA, Male 27 yrs old
Over the last few months Shima has been helping me work on expressing my feelings more, finding my voice and exploring childhood experiences that maybe having a negative influence on my adult life.
Thank you so much.
Client MA, Male 27 yrs old
CG Jung, C Rogers, S Freud, RD Laing, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Buddhism, Sufism, Mawlana Rumi, S Grof, M Smith, Vedanta, P Levine, B Van der Kolk
Healing the Brain-the neuroscience of trauma leading to complex PTSD and DID
[Cert. (PODS), London 2016]
Early childhood trauma through the lens of Attachment Theory
[Cert. (PODS), London 2015]
The impact of childhood sexual abuse on the body and physical health.
[Cert. (PODS), London 2014]
[Cert. (PODS), London 2013]
[Cert. (SRF), London 2012]
The impact on attachment relationships in families.
[Cert. (SRF), London 2011]
Upham Park Road, Chiswick, London