About me

Désirée Kogevinas


Professional qualifications

  • Psychotherapist Specialising in Developmental Trauma and Relationship Therapy
  • Senior Member of ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) 
  • Experiential Trauma Reduction Therapy I and II (trained with Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy model)
  • Experiential Trauma Work: Inner Child/Feelings Reduction
  • Experiential Trauma Work: Love Addiction & Love Avoidance
  • Certified Coach, International Recovery Specialists Institute (IRSI)
  • Arise® Comprehensive Care certified interventionist
  • Qualification in Motivational Interviewing technique applied to addictions, Dr William Miller
  • Qualified in general theories of relational and emotional attachment, The Bowlby Center
  • Bachelor of Arts (with high honours) in International Relations and Psychology, Webster University, Geneva
  • Counselling Skills

Professional experience

Therapist, Geneva

  • Geneva and London-based psychotherapist specialising in developmental trauma and all aspects of relationship therapy
  • 1:1 sessions with clients
  • Trauma Reduction Workshops
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Speaker at Conferences

Therapist, Clinique les Alpes, Switzerland

  • Group therapy covering interpersonal discussion of relapse prevention, powerlessness in substance abuse, relapse triggers, creation of a stable recovery environment, etc.
  • Support for patients embarking on support group programmes and introduction to the 12-step principle.
  • Personalised counselling designed to build a relationship of trust, share experiences and help create a support network outside of the clinical setting

Trainer, Amy Winehouse Foundation, United Kingdom

  • Trainer: campaign for the prevention of addiction and alcoholism in schools
  • Facilitator: interactive discussions in schools
  • Psychoeducation with teenagers, parents and teachers
  • Helping teenagers develop resilience using activities that draw on personal difficulties they’ve overcome
  • Psychoeducation and personal storytelling to raise awareness among students, parents and teachers of the underlying reasons why some young people resort to substances, exploring these reasons and revealing how to prevent addictions before they take hold

In her other career, Désirée worked in finance and in communications for international organisations, namely WHO.