Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychotherapy and counselling is a therapeutic process that thrives from within the therapeutic relationship of the therapist and client. It helps the client in gaining self-awareness and a greater sense of themselves. This enables the client to make greater informed choices, to take responsibility, to create or recreate meaning in their life, to accept their limitations of existence and to accept themselves and others without judgment, but with empathy and compassion.
This can be a difficult journey at times for oneself, since the path is not always smooth but often rocky and frustrating but nevertheless also quite rewarding: just like life. Thus, it is a path worth taking as well as a life deeply enriching experience.
I have completed my MSc in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy at the New School of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC) in November 2015. I have a private practice and offer a confidential service on a regular basis to individuals from the age of 14 or more. Although my main theoretical approach and training are Humanistic, Existential, and Phenomenological, I often use an integrative approach depending on my client’s needs. Parts of my training also include person-centered, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Furthermore, I have ongoing supervision with a UKCP registered supervisor.
In addition to my own private practice, I have worked with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which provided me with the experience of working with clients with a wide range of issues such as addictions, anxiety, depression, family relationship issues, domestic violence, bereavement, victims of abuse, identity crisis, trauma, eating disorders, prisoners and immigration issues.
Many of us can become engaged in activities or use substances without any significant difficulties in our lives. However, some of us may reach a point where we experience a lack of control over what we are taking, doing or using.
Anxiety and Depression
Most people experience feelings of depression or anxiety at least once during the course of their lifetime. This experience can be short-lived or can become a chronic situation and interfere with normal, everyday functioning.
Deurzen and Adams (2011), state that human beings are relational. In other words, no individual can exist separately from their relationships. The need to belong, to love, and to be appreciated and valued in return, is the foundation of all relationships.
Many of us suffer from difficult and complex issues that are sexual in nature. Sexual issues may vary in complexity and temporality and are often linked to wide range of experiences.
Victims of Abuse
If you were or continue to be sexually abused, raped, or a victim of incest, it is important for you to know that psychotherapy is a healing process which can help you overcome the problems arising from such an abuse or assault.
Eating disorders can be understood as an addiction process addiction whereby the person is “caught in a compulsive pattern that seeks to establish self-worth in the face of worthlessness” (Firman & Gila 1997).
Isolation and Loneliness
We all know that loneliness is an oppressive and uncomfortable state of being. You’ve been there, just like everybody else. We usually tend to think of loneliness as a lack of human connection, but in an existential sense, it runs much deeper than that…
Grief, Bereavement and Loss
It is important to understand the differences between “grief/grieving” and “bereavement”. Grief is our experience following a loss of any kind, whereas bereavement is a specific type of grief related to someone’s death.