I can see clients face to face and online right now.
I am an experienced, qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. It means I can use approaches which best suits each client needs. I pay attention to unconscious processes and what is being held in client's body. I also believe that therapeutic relationship is crucial in making change in your perception of environment and how you relate to others. Thinking, sensing, intuiting, feeling are all given great importance within the therapeutic relationship. And it is important for me to create warm, confidential, safe and empathetic environment where client will feel comfortable to share their problems, without being judged or criticised.
I am passionate about human being. I wanted to find the answers to human behaviour, addictions and my curiosity let me to study Sociology then Counselling.
Why do you think integrative therapy is the most effective form of therapy?
This is an approach which take into account the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Each person is seen as the unique with different experiences and needs. As there is believe that there is not one approach which can suits all client’s needs. The Therapist is trained in a broad range of therapeutic models. So Therapist is able to fit approaches which can be more beneficial for client. This model helps Therapist to understand client internal and external experiences.
I believe that therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is crucial to make positive change. The client comes to the Counselling with own assumptions, expectations, prejudices, past experiences which can hold client back in the counselling room. And it is very important for me to create a safe, warm, non-judgemental environment, what can help client to break resistance and allow to share feelings, experiences, doubts. My way of working is based on respect, empathy and I provide a space where client can reflect and gain stronger sense of self.
Thinking, sensing, intuiting, feeling are all given great importance within the therapeutic relationship.
And in my work I also focus on body. Our mind create thoughts, feelings about the world, other people and also about ourselves. And those thoughts and feelings can create a lot of tension in our bodies. Body can hold this tension and stress. Body is always present but mind not necessary. To pay attention not only to thoughts and feelings but also to sensations in our bodies can make a big difference and can be encourage in Counselling space.
This is a space where journey towards becoming true self begins.
How would you describe your therapy session & approach?
I offer relational approach to therapy. Main approaches in my work are: Psychodynamic, Object-relations, Transactional Analysis. I integrate Gestalt and I can use some body work exercises. I am also trained in CBT and I can apply some techniques when appropriate.
Counselling is not only about listening to stories told by a client, but also helping a client to find a way to tolerate his/her feelings, experiences. To achieve this I can work in a creative way with clients and I can use some therapeutic tools or give some homework.
I have worked with clients from different background and presenting with a wide range of issues, such as: cancer, abuse, trauma, panic attacks, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, having relationships, work problems.
Alongside my private practice I have also experience at:
Macmillan Cancer Support,
Woman & Health - charity delivering NHS IAPT services,
EACH - charity delivering Counselling to people having drug and alcohol problems.
I am a member of BACP and follow their Ethical Framework in my work.
I am committed to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and I receive regular supervision of my work.