Christina Abanifi MBACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Hello there, my name is Christina I am a qualified counsellor in private practice and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I am bound by their Ethical Code of Conduct and subject to its professional complaints procedure.
As a counsellor one of my most notable skills is being able to build trusting, therapeutic relationships with my clients and provide a safe, cofidential environment to begin exsploring difficulties in order for you to develop the skills to feel confident in finding your own solutions.
When working with you I see you as an individual with your own unique set of experiences and life story. It may be that you have a particular issue, problem, behaviour or goal that you wish to work on - or perhaps you are experiencing a more general sense of stuckness, anxiety, depression or burnout.
Counselling is not about 'giving advice'. It is about learning to understand unconscious motives or 'learnt patterns' of behaviour which can make us feel stuck and unable to move forward in our lives.
This can result in overwhelming feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, feeling of loss and unfulfilled potential or a sense of isolation and lack of direction.
Within the counselling relationship you are free to express yourself there are no thoughts or feelings that are 'out of bound'. Whatever arise we will explore together and try to understand.
Exploring feelings and issues underlying them is a challenging process and requires commitment from both of us to nurture your growth, development and well-being.
I will establish a safe therapeutic environment where you can feel supported and understood. We will explore your own internal resource that will enable you to grow in your own way and help you to discover and develop a stronger sense of yourself so that you can contain that anxiety, take back power that you give away and create the life that you want.
Training, qualifications & experience
'Diploma in Integrative Counselling' Kent & Medway NHS and social Care Partnership Trust Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies - (Inter-psyche) 'Diploma in Professional Development Counselling Skills and Perspectives' London Metropolitan University.
Recent Training Courses
Clinical Assessment Perspectives
On Managing OCD - A CBT approach
Psychosynthesis Training Day
I have a strong commitment to continuing professional development, this helps me keep abreast of current thinking and research. Keeping up to date ensure that clients can always benefit from new ideas and techniques where appropriate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Type of session
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Types of client