Amina Somers LLB (Hons) Dip.Couns. MBACP (Registered)
You may decide to seek counselling or psychotherapy for specific reasons such as an eating disorder, bereavement or obsessional behaviors. Or you may be facing less specific issues like depression, anxiety, difficulty in maintaining satisfactory relationships, life stages or experiencing a generalized dissatisfaction with life.
Counselling and psychotherapy can assist in the treatment and management of a range of psychological issues and can contribute positively to mental and physical health, resilience and the capacity to manage life more effectively and with greater satisfaction.
Treatment can be either of short or long duration. I will discuss with you the options available and the way I can work with you at a preliminary consultation. My therapeutic approach will depend on a variety of factors and whether long term or short term work is to be undertaken.
Long term psychotherapeutic work
With longer term work I offer a therapeutic process that will help you to understand and resolve issues by increasing awareness of the way in which your inner world works and its influence over relationships both past and present. The aim is facilitate deep lasting change and emotional development.
With this approach the relationship with the client and therapist is of central importance. It is through this relationship and the specific therapeutic setting that will enable the unconscious patterns in your internal life to be reflected in your relationship with me. Identification of these patterns can enable you to understand and change them where they have a negative impact on the present.
Short term solution focused work
When working with clients over a limited number of sessions I adopt a solution focused approach. The aim of which is to explore in detail with you how things will look, feel and be when the problem you bring to the therapy is resolved. I then identify and explore with you in detail the resources and strengths that you already have to achieve the preferred outcome you have identified. This will include a consideration of instances where your preferred future is already happening.
Training, qualifications & experience
Before embarking on a career as a therapist I had a successful and enjoyable career in the law as a Solicitor, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Team in the City of London office of a top 20 UK Law firm.
I have undertaken the Introductory Foundation Year with the London Centre for Psychotherapy (now part of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, a membership organisation of the British Psychoanalytical Council) and I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Mary Ward Centre, a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited training and I am a registered member of the the BACP.
In addition to practising as a therapeutic counsellor in private practice I run a conflict resolution practice - Somers Resolution - offering mediation and psychological support services.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
£40.00 - £80.00 per hour. I have a limited number of concessionary places.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer evening appointments on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and I offer appointments on Saturday and Sunday morning for time limited work only.