Hi! My name is Carmen and the reason why I become a counsellor is to give people hope. I absolutely love what I do. I consider it is a tremendous privilege to have helped and worked alongside so many people who have undergone personal growth and development, making sustainable changes to their lives for the better. The counselling sessions can help you to understand, to acknowledge and to explore the difficulties. You may change them on lessons, new goals / targets which may bring you calm and happiness.
I become a counsellor because I am fascinated by people, by their stories and how negative events, thoughts or feelings are staying with us (many years after something happened) and is stopping us to live in the present and to be able to embrace our own experiences and life in general. I think people access counselling when they realise they need to talk, they need help or sometimes it is the last resource to try to resolve their difficulty. Being there for the clients and seeing their journey and their 'changes' makes my job worth doing and also, it is a nice reminder that this is the reason why I love being a therapist.
Why do you think integrative therapy is the most effective form of therapy?
I think that it is offering to our clients a chance to use a range of 'techniques' / 'skills' that are suitable for them while giving the space to talk and be listened. Working in an integrative way doesn't limit the 'interventions' and we can easily flow from story, to practice, to learn, to discover, to reflect or to make connection between events.
How would you describe your therapy session & approach?
I work in an integrative way.
In the first session I try to discover the story and to evaluate which type of therapy is appropriate for you by using Person Centred Therapy (PCT) principles - the issues important to you will be identified; using active listening and my capacity for understanding your central difficulties; trying to put you first and support you to ‘be in charge with your journey’; being genuine if I think that you were distracted from your initial goals. I can gently remind you about your wishes.
If you are presenting yourself in a way that you will benefit just from ‘talking’, I will use PCT techniques for developing a positive therapeutic relationship. I will try to enable you to be in the present, honest, in charge of your change, self-aware and able to analyse your own self-esteem or conditions of worth.
Sometimes all our sessions are based on PCT but in many situations you may need some strategies and orientation to enable you to obtain what you want from therapy. If this is the case the session may concentrate on: your story, exploring of present emotions and thoughts, the past events which may be the cause of your actual situation.
What are your Top 3 professional achievements so far?
Undergone training for Bereavement / Grief with Cruse
Finishing my Master
Working in the Occupational Health (EAP) setting.