Andreia JenningsExistential - Integrative Psychotherapist

I am an Existential-Integrative Psychotherapist. I’ve worked in different mental health settings since 2007 and have been in private practice for 5 years.

My process of self discovery

When studying for my first degree (BA Philosophy) I grew interested in the works of the existential philosophers and writers. I read widely in the existential literature and found the ideas stimulating and relevant to many experiences and situations in life. When I decided to become a psychotherapist I trained at a school specialising in the existential approach. I gained an MA in Existential Psychotherapy; my training was a process of self-discovery and I was able to explore the field further.

I know how painful a bad relationship with food and one’s body image can be

My approach to psychotherapy

As a psychotherapist I draw upon my existential training and on the phenomenological method, which allows my clients and I to gain an understanding of their way of ‘being-in-the-world’. I also draw upon ideas from other disciplines within psychotherapy, and complement my practice with insights from these approaches.

The existential approach is a holistic approach, which takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life:

  • Physical - our relationship with our body and the physical environment
  • Social - our relationship with the social environment, our interactions, how we relate to others
  • Psychological - the way we are within ourselves, how our personal world feels to us, how we are in connection with our past and our future
  • Spiritual - how we relate to the unknown
The existential approach is a holistic approach which takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life.

My own experience of emotional eating

My interest in eating disorders arises from my own experience of ‘emotional’ eating. It took me many years of self-exploration to reach a place where I now feel content within my own body and I am able to enjoy food without feeling any shame or guilt.

I know how painful a bad relationship with food and one’s body image can be and I like helping others to get out of this circle of pain. An unsatisfactory / anxious relationship with food, and an unhappy experience of our own bodies, are complex issues, which can be untangled by looking at our whole experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ as a person.

Times and Fees

My Fees

  • £110Standard Session
  • £590Block of 6 peak
  • £95Off Peak
  • £510Off peak block
  • £400Half Breakthrough Day

Days I'm available at WeightMatters

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

I am available at additional times for remote support using

Skype
Facetime

Qualifications & Training

Following my training, I have attended and continue to attend many other short courses, e.g. working with trauma, abuse, anxiety disorders, substance addiction, eating disorders, depression, psychotic states, postnatal depression, gay & lesbian issues, personality disorders.

  • 2015 Therapeutic work with severely disturbed children - nscience
  • 2015 C.G.Jung’s quest for Aurora Consurgens - The Guild of Pastoral Psychology
  • 2015 Body-mindful presence: practical contemporary applications from integrative body psychotherapy - nscience
  • 2015 Working with personality disorders - Greenwich MIND
  • 2015 Marion Milner – Her work on creativity and its blocks - WPF therapy
  • 2014 Attachment theory & close relationships - nscience
  • 2014 Perversion: a psychoanalytic approach - nscience
  • 2014 The psychodynamics of body dysmorphia - nscience
  • 2014 Living and working with dissociation - PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
  • 2013 Thinking about gender and sexual diversity - Greenwich MIND
  • 2013 Reflections on betrayal - The Guild of Pastoral Psychology
  • 2013 Psychosis - TCCR
  • 2013 Unconscious psychological trauma - nscience
  • 2013: Female creativity and the narcissistic wound - C.G. Jung club
  • 2012 Chronic trauma and neglect - Greenwich MIND
  • 2012 Exploring existential conscience in therapeutic practice - Authentica
  • 2012 The intellectual plague of biologism - Inner Circle Seminars
  • 2012 From stress to psychosis: how to prevent people having breakdowns - Human Givens College
  • 2011 Bipolar disorder - Greenwich MIND
  • 2011 Applied suicide intervention skills training - ASIST
  • 2011 Dissociative states and child abuse - WPF therapy
  • 2011 When mummy wants you to die: the role of infanticidal wishes in the genesis of psychosis - WPF therapy
  • 2010 De-mystifying postnatal depression- Greenwich MIND
  • 2010 Hearing voices - Greenwich MIND
  • 2010 PTSD and mental health workshop - Greenwich MIND
  • 2010 The heart of phenomenology - Society for Existential Analysis
  • 2010 Effects of postnatal depression on child development - Greenwich Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • 2009 Domestic violence/forced marriage awareness training - MIND in Tower Hamlets
  • 2009 Existential perspectives on supervision - Society for Existential Analysis
  • 2009 Catharsis in Antiquity- Association of Jungian Analysts
  • 2008 Working with depression - MIND in Tower Hamlets
  • 2007 Family transitions: learning from research and intervention studies- TCCR
  • 2006 Training in Bereavement counselling - Lewisham Bereavement Counselling
  • 2006 Community drug education project: Drug awareness training course
  • 2005-2010 MA Existential psychotherapy & counselling

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • UKCP registered
  • BACP member
  • UPCA (accred)

Services I Provide at WeightMatters

A Breakthrough Day with Andreia

If you would like to make sense of your eating behaviour and relationship with food, I am available for a Breakthrough Day. Understand how your weight, food, eating and body are linked in an unhealthy self-sabotaging pattern of thinking, feelings and behaviour. Take home skills, tools and resources to help you make changes in the way you manage food and eating.
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