- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Schema focused therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
Dr Filipa Alves-Costa is a dedicated and compassionate Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society with over 10 years’ experience across the NHS, private settings, and academia. She provides trauma-focused and relational therapy for adult mental health, including trauma, anxiety & attachment difficulties, depression, anger, psychosis, drug misuse, relationship issues, as well as supports individuals in high-pressure and competitive industries.
I am a great believer that individuals possess a variety of skills, knowledge and strength to adjust and adapt to “new normal” events. Nevertheless, sometimes we benefit from some professional support to overcome negative patterns and emotional difficulties. Therapy offers you the opportunity to identify, explore and tell your story in a safe and supportive space to explore your feelings, worries, anxieties, unhelpful patterns, and coping strategies. My role is to support you in discovering new and healthier ways to feel, think, act, connect, and relate with yourself and others. Together, we will explore what you find challenging to deal with, what strengths you have to help you embrace a new journey towards recovery and towards a more fulfilling life.
Your story as a client guides my approach to therapy. For me, providing warmth, creativity, and a safe space to explore and identify your story is key. Tailoring interventions in line with my clients’ experiences, hopes and expectations is pivotal. From there, I will reference various frameworks and approaches I feel appropriate and adapt my style of work to each client’s personal needs and goals. I have a keen appreciation of the core values that my Profession advocates, and I am committed to providing outstanding care to support my clients.
I am extremely passionate about working with individuals who choose to start therapeutic journeys to feel healthier, more connected and satisfied with their lives. I truly enjoy guiding and supporting individuals in achieving their goals, feeling happier and developing more stable and meaningful relationships (with themselves and others). Therapeutic processes are challenging and powerful for both the client and therapist, and I genuinely value each step my clients take towards becoming more resilient, self-compassionate and curious about unhelpful life traps. My client’s renewed ability to make sense of their experiences, their courage in reinventing their lives and to witness their personal growth is incredibly rewarding for me.
Areas of interest
Anxiety; Panic; Depression; Low mood; Unhappiness; Low Self-esteem; Trauma; Complex Trauma; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Relationship difficulties; Abusive relationships; Stress & Burnout; Attachment difficulties; High-pressure and competitive industries.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Ms Tracey Richardson
- 1 Snow Hill Court EC1A 2EJ
Current NHS consultant posts held
Lead Psychologist and Research Lead - London based mental health NHS Trust.
Dr Alves-Costa's applied-research is likely to inform policy and clinical practice, as it focuses on experiences of victimisation and perpetration of crime, mental health outcomes following homicidal loss, abuse, trauma and help-seeking attitudes.
Outstanding Service Contribution - July 2023
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Portuguese - Native or bilingual
Dr Alves-Costa has published in peer-reviewed journals and is involved in teaching, supervision, consulting and training roles.
Affiliations / memberships
Health and Care Professions Council - HCPC (Registration Number: PYL36488)
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - remote - (>50)
Psychology session - (5-50)
Remote video therapy session - (1-5)