About me

How I Work


Lila (Ljiljana) Despotovic, MBACP, MUKCP

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor and a registered Member of BACP and UKCP professional organisations.

Having initially trained in psychodynamic counselling, I have over the time incorpBACorated  elements from my further training in other therapeutic approaches, such as Relational and Body psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness techniques and creative techniques. This allows me  to tailor therapy to each particular client and their presenting issues and needs.

Although therapeutic technique is important, I believe that equally important for the progress in therapy is the quality of therapeutic relationship between a client and a counsellor. This is something upon which I place great emphasis in order to ensure a safe and supporting environment for you and our work.

As a Registered Member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (the accredited register) I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

My training and qualifications include:

MA in Advanced Clinical Practice (Integrative Psychotherapy)

CPCAB Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic)
CPCAB Certificate in CBT Skills and Theory
NCFED Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders Diploma
Advanced Diploma in Working with Eating Disorders

As part of my continual professional development, I have completed a range of courses, seminars and workshops on specific interests and topics relating to my work, such as Mindfulness, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Bereavement and loss, Nutrition for working with eating disorders, Transactional Analysis, Existential Therapy and Drama Therapy. I continue to update and extend my therapeutic skills and knowledge.

Before becoming interested in counselling and psychotherapy, I trained as a nurse and gained BA (Hons) in Russian Studies at University College London.

My counselling and psychotherapy experience

My counselling experience includes work within the NHS, private and voluntary sector with a wide range of clients and their presenting issues. They include work with the elderly and young people, people living with HIV and those affected by addictions, loss and bereavement, clients with relationship and family problems, anxiety, depression and eating disorders, among others.

My areas of professional interest include eating disorders, body image and weight issues, anxiety, stress, loss, identity, self-esteem, relationship issues and life transitions.