Adva Rodogovsky Counselling

Trauma and Loss MA, MBACP

IN Clapham, Kensington and WIMBLEDON

Welcome to Adva Rodogovsky Counselling

A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life

My name is Adva Rodogovsky and I am a counselling therapist providing short-term and long-term therapy to adults.

With an advanced Diploma in Trauma, Complex Trauma and Dissociation I specialize in three deeply challenging aspects of the human experience: trauma, critical illness and end-of-life.

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Trauma and Loss Therapy in a safe and private setting

I support adults who have experienced a life-threatening event or lived through a life time of traumatic expressions throughout their lives and grappling with the enduring impact of these events on their overall well-being. 

Additionally, I support adults who navigate the complexities of their illness, specifically terminal illness. I support clients who care for a loved one in their end-of-life stages as well as clients who cope with the aftermath of grief and bereavement.

I extend counselling support to people who have loved and lost a pet.

About Me

I am a compassionate and dedicated counsellor with a profound commitment to helping individuals navigate life's challenges. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space where clients who face difficulties can explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Throughout my career, I have been a successful frontline humanitarian aid worker, a hospital chaplain and a meditation teacher. I worked across diverse clinical settings, including hospitals, hospice care facilities, and private practice.

My experience covers a wide spectrum of traumatic experiences, secondary traumatic stress, PTSD, complex PTSD, grief and loss, critical illness, palliative care and complex bereavement, enabling me to offer expert guidance to individuals and families navigating these deeply challenging personal and emotional journeys.

Meeting individuals, families and communities in their darkest hours I know, from experience, that everyone has the capacity for healing and recovery. I love supporting clients on their unique journey towards self discovery and well-being. It is my experience that it is never too late for transformation.

A member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I trained in and drew from evidence-based modalities including psychodynamic, person-centred therapy and Mindfulness, An EMDR practitioner with an advanced diploma in trauma and dissociation I tailor my approach to meet the individual needs and goals of each client.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help on a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:

Trauma, Complex Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Sometimes after experiencing traumatic incidents, or as a result of a lifetime of traumatic experiences, individuals report that they feel tensed, being on guard, constantly or on edge. Some have difficulty concentrating; struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep; They may feel irritable or angry, or find themselves experiencing aggressive outbursts. Others engage in risky, reckless, or destructive behaviour or struggle to be in relationships.

If you find yourself in these description counselling can be exceptionally helpful in finding inner strength and in rebuilding our lives and learning to live with the traumatic events.

Palliative Care and End of Life

Facing our end of life or the imminent loss of a dear is an exceptionally trying time. Often it leaves many of us contemplating transpersonal and fundamental existential questions on the nature of life and death, the meaning of our lives. grief, connection, isolation, love, regrets and burden.

Counselling provides a compassionate space to explore difficult end-of-life decisions, cope with terminal illnesses, and find comfort and meaning during this challenging time guiding clients them towards healing and acceptance.

Critical Illness

A diagnosis of critical illness affect different people in different ways. Many report to feel shock, anger, guilt, frustration, loss or lack of identity and direction in life, lack of confidence or feeling useless, hopelessness, sadness, isolation, anxiety, emptiness

or feeling mentally weak and fatigued

Sometimes, feelings and experiences of living with critical illness can develop into mental health problems including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, isolation or dissociation

Counselling can support clients from diagnosis through treatment, or after treatment has finished. It provides a safe space to explore, allow and validate all experiences and help clients navigate through these exceptionally trying times.

Pet Loss

Some of us who loved and lost a beloved pet experience profound grief. This grief can sometimes be complicated by the fact that we may have had to take difficult decision including euthanising our pet which can result with intense guilt and shame. Many times the bereavement over a pet is not widely understood or accepted, leaving clients feeling isolated, misunderstood and unsupported. I know, from experience, the pain associated with losing a beloved pet who was a family member.

Counselling can support clients process the loss of a pet from diagnosis through difficult decision making and through bereavment. This can allow clients to explore the unique relationship and meaning pets have in our lives.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): is a scientificially proven therapeutic technique that involves guided eye movements to assist in reprocessing distressing memories, reducing their emotional charge, and promoting psychological healing and resilience.

Repeated studies show that much like the body can recover from a physical trauma the mind can in heal from emotional trauma.


The symptoms of depression vary widely between people and can be complex. They often involve low mood or sadness, feeling hopeless and helpless, having low self-esteem, feeling tearful, low motivation, anxiety, suicidal ideation, reduced appetite, low energy, unexplained, aches and pains, and sleep difficulties. Depression also impacts relationships when clients avoid contact with friends or experience difficulties at home, work or family life

Counselling can be helpful in supporting individuals to identify and address the underlying causes of depression, develop coping strategies, and work towards a more positive and fulfilling life.


Anxiety feels differently to everyone. If often has physical and emotional symptoms including a "butterflies" in the stomach, restlessness, faster breathing, a fast or irregular heartbeat, sweating, hot flushes or teeth grinding; clients report feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax, fearing the worst, feeling like they can't stop worrying,

rumination, depression and dissociation. In some cases clients have panic attacks.

Counselling can help individuals gain a better understand on the underlying causes of their anxiety, manage their triggers and symptoms, develop coping strategies and achieve a higher level of emotional well-being

Relationship Issues

The motivations for seeking individual relationship therapy is different in each case. Most clients face relationship challenges when they face major life events, struggle with communication or challenge to maintain healthy relationships with their significant other, friends, family or work colleagues.

Counselling enables a confidential and supportive environment to explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviours to gain insight into our own patterns, develop healthier relationship skills, and find personal growth and fulfilment.


Border Line Personality

Feeling Sad



Pet illness and Pet Bereavement

Suicidal Thoughts



Complex Trauma



low Self Esteem

Trauma and PTSD

Grief, loss or bereavement


Palliative Care

Relationship Issues

Fees & availability

Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis and cost £70 per session.

EMDR sessions cost £90.

Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours notice; otherwise, you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash or by bank transfer.

My Location

I can provide my sessions from 3 locations in South West London, Wimbledon, Clapham and Kensington. These locations are easily accessible from the surrounding areas such as Mitcham, Twickenham; Streatham, Brixton; Chelsea, and Mayfair.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07386897236 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have before arranging an initial appointment.

All enquiries are usually answered within 48 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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