Jelena Watkins, MA, UKCP registered
I am a London based Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist, who has worked in private practice and for a charitable organisation to provide psychological support for people directly affected by disasters. I have also worked for an NHS Primary Care service, seeing clients for a broad range of difficulties and from all social and ethnical backgrounds.
Originally from former Yugoslavia, I was one of the founding members of the September 11 UK Families Support Group which was formed in 2002. In this role, I have been involved in the processes of memorial designs, negotiations with the government around supporting victims of terror and in creating support structures for family members of victims.
My other involvement in the field of disasters is as an Executive Board Member of Disaster Action UK, an umbrella organisation for the survivors or bereaved after disasters. I have worked as a group facilitator for London based people bereaved by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, and have provided consultancy to the government in setting up support for the people affected by the July 7 London bombings in 2005.
I qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor from the Institute of Psychosynthesis in 2007 and then went on to complete my diploma and MA degree in Psychotherapy with the same organisation, validated by the Middlesex University. I'm a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics.