Flavio Cernotta (PGDip Couns, MBACP)
+44 (0)7413 465 168
Is coping with anxiety difficult for you? Are you looking for relationship counselling or couples counselling? Are you struggling with depression, stress grief or bereavement? Are you the child of an alcoholic?
Bridgeway Counselling offers you the opportunity to see through your difficulties so you can lead a more successful and content life in line with your potential. Counselling and psychotherapy sessions are available in West London (W12), Shepherds Bush. I also work over the phone or via Skype.
What is potential? Potential is all that is possible and accessible to you. In my practice I focus on the potential of my clients as well as the potential of the difficulties that they are facing. We have problems and are more than our problems and problems too are more than just obstacles. They present an opportunity for growth.
Working together we will be able to clarify and understand what concerns you and enable to you draw on your resources so that you can overcome your difficulties. Sessions take place within a confidential and empathic setting where you will be able to discuss difficult feelings and suffering without fear of judgement. I am a professional and respected therapist with several years of experience and have worked with the majority of problems that people encounter.
Training, qualifications & experience
How we can work together
No two people are the same
Whilst there are difficulties and patterns which are common to all human beings no two people are alike. The way we will work together therefore, will depend on your background, culture, needs and preferences. I have been trained to use a range of frameworks and techniques and have worked with individuals and couples of different cultures, nationalities, and sexual orientation. This means I adapt my framework and techniques to clients instead of the other way round.
I take a collaborative approach to therapy, which means that we will work together to understand your difficulties and identify ways for you to overcome them. Whilst the work we will be supportive and empowering, there may be times when our meetings might become challenging. However, with your willingness and my support you will be able to continue your inner journey.
When we first meet we will have an assessment. This will help us clarify your needs, where you are in your life and what you wish to gain from therapy. Whilst this may sound formal, there is no need to feel concerned. Some clients are able to share a lot and are clear about what they want right from the beginning. For others, finding the words and courage to express themselves is part of the work.
Frameworks and techniques
As a Psychosynthesis therapist, I have been trained to use a range of theories and techniques, which I combine with a warm, empathic, accepting, and honest approach. Some people prefer to talk things through whilst other like to combine talking with homework, painting, drawing, guided imagery, chair work or dreams. I am comfortable working either way depending on your needs and preferences.
Short term or open ended therapy?
Whether you need a defined number of sessions or open ended therapy depends on a number of factors. If you are unsure about what you require we can make time to discuss this during the assessment.
Qualifications & Approach
I hold a BACP Accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. My work is based on a model called Psychosynthesis.
Although a slightly mind-boggling word, it stands for an approach that is not only gentle and compassionate but also dynamic, responsive, practical and easy to grasp. The word Psych- stands for either mind/ soul or self. Synthesis means bringing together two or more elements to create a new whole. From a psychological perspective, it means to harmonise conflicting parts of the personality so that you can experience greater strength, focus and vitality thereby leading a more fulfilling existence. As harmony is created, it is easier to be in touch with who you truly are (or with your Self). In my view, the Self is the core of our being and is greater than the sum of the different parts of the personality.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Loss of direction
Fees & Terms
My fees range from £35 to £75. It is important that we can agree a fee that we are both happy with. This is discussed and agreed in our first meeting. Unless otherwise agreed, I require 48 hrs notice for cancellation or the full fee will be charged.
I accept payment in cash or by cheques. Bank transfers are accepted provided the funds have cleared by the start of the session. If you choose to pay by card via my website, then you will be charged a small additional administration fee.
All sessions (including assessment) last 50 mins and are confidential. Regular attendance is crucial.
I am a member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics. I am in ongoing professional supervision and enhance my skills through continued professional development (CPD).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Italian, Italiano|