Gianina Ardeleanu- Child and Adult Counsellor BACP reg. Face to Face, Skype
37/41 Gower Street
Do you feel that talking with friends or family it doesn't help, or it's not an option? Do you feel stuck, sad and unhappy in relationships and life in general? Let me help you live a fulfilling life. Counselling can change your life!
A warm welcome to my page!
I am an integrative counsellor and I work with CBT (challenging unhealthy patterns of thinking and relating to self or others), psychodynamic (exploring childhood experiences and relationships) and humanistic (working with you as an unique individual with a unique life story, in the context of a relationship based on empathy and acceptance) theories.I trained to work with adults and children. I had my own therapeutic journey as a client and I experienced the gift of therapy. Counselling can change lives, I am passionate about the work that I do and I hold hope for each and every client that I see that they can achieve their full potential and that they can learn to live their life based on their own frame of reference, free from the past’s strings.
I work under the BACP Ethical Framework and under close clinical supervision. It means that you can be assured that I will always work in your best interests and that my services meet the required expectations for good practice. I am committed to continuous professional development and I attend training days and conferences on an ongoing basis, in order to further enhance my skills and to be up-to-date with the research in the counselling field.
I offer talking therapy, but also powerful art interventions for when there are no words to express unbearable and painful thoughts and feelings. My experience varies from working with an agency that offered support for addictions, I have been volunteering in a primary school where I offered therapeutic interventions to children and I also worked in a GP Surgery, offering counselling via the IAPT Program (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). I have been working with clients that presented with:
- alcohol and drug addictions
- anxiety and depression
- generalised anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- postnatal depression
- suicidal thoughts
- parental issues
- traumatic birth
- relationship issues
- family conflict&dynamics
- childhood trauma
- loss and bereavement
- difficulties in the work place
- everyday life stress
I have been working with clients from different cultural backgrounds and different age groups. In my practice I promote equal opportunities, being sensitive and embracing difference and diversity.
My way of working is very much around your needs- I will endeavour to offer you bespoke interventions, because I care, because you are unique and because you have a unique life story. I strongly believe and feel that in order to achieve any good enough therapeutic work, firstly a strong relationship between client and counsellor must be developed. I have been told throughout my training and on my numerous clinical placements that I have a great ability to connect with people at a deep level, I am warm and easy to talk to and that I genuinely care about my clients.
My aim in our work together is to offer you a relationship that’s a felt contrast to any other relationship in your life, to offer you an environment where you feel safe, accepted and comfortable to explore your thoughts and feelings. Working with me it’s a joint effort to achieve your therapy goals, I will be your companion, your fellow traveller throughout your therapeutic journey, in your pursuit to discover yourself and to achieve your full potential. In our work, together we might look at past experiences and relationships, we might explore your thoughts and feelings in the here and now, trying to understand and integrate different aspects of self. I want to highlight the fact that whatever work we will be doing, it will be your choice and it will be at your own pace, the only agenda in the room will be your agenda, working with me will be gentle, yet deep, you will not be rushed, but supported to make changes when you are ready.
Working with me means that you are in control of the changes you want to make and when. I know it from my own experience as a client how difficult and overwhelming can be to reach for help, but I also know that without therapy I would have continued to live my life without feeling alive.
I work with both adults and children, for an agreed number of sessions or on an open-ended basis, depending on your needs and presenting issues. My aim is to enable you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
My practice is within easy reach of Elstree & Borehamwood Station. Borehamwood is a 25 minutes train journey from Kings Cross, within easy reach from Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Cricklewood, Hendon and Mill Hill.
I see clients from Borehamwood, Elstree, Shenley, Radlett, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Luton and all across Hertfordshire. Clients from Edgware, Stanmore, Bushey, Watford, High Barnet and New Barnet are very welcome to enquire about my services.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- IATE Diploma in Counselling Children
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- IATE Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents using the arts
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- changes in pregnancy
- getting ready to become parents
- attachment focused antenatal care
- counselling from a neuroscience perspective
- childhood fear and sadness
- childhood trauma
- inner child
- nurturing an attachment between mother/father and foetus
Photos & videos
£50/session in Borehamwood
£60/session in London
£40/session Skype or telephone
Appointments cancelled at less than 48 hrs notice are charged for.
If you arrive late for a session we will end at the scheduled time due to other clients’ appointments.
I offer open-ended sessions that continue for as long is necessary to resolve the issues you’re dealing with. Also I offer short term solution focused therapy.
I work with both adults and children. For when there are no words to express your painful and unbearable feelings, I can facilitate expression through arts. I can enable you to give a voice to your experiences by using a sand tray, clay or paints.
I have a special interest in working with childhood fear and sadness, and also in traumatic relationships with important others in your life. The way you engage with people in your life it is a reflection of learned behaviours. If you are unhappy in romantic relationships or find it difficult to form meaningful connections, you don't have many friends or you find it hard to trust people, let's explore this together and learn new ways of being with others.
Do you feel insecure in relationships, always fearing that people don't like you or you feel that you don't deserve to be liked, do you lack a sense of worth, self esteem and confidence? Let me help you by exploring together different aspects of yourself, by trying to accept yourself and integrate your experiences in a more positive manner.
Do you feel that being a parent is the most challenging experience in your life? Do you have your child/children's best interests at heart, but sometimes it feels that whatever you do or say it's not good enough? Do you feel as you're failing as a parent? Is your relationship with your partner affected by different parenting styles? Call me and arrange a meeting to see how we can move things forward. For a child to be happy, they need happy parents!
You just had a child, but it feels like a struggle to enjoy motherhood. Do you feel sad or overwhelmed by emotions, tearful and on the edge? You might experience post natal depression. Call me and let's work through this together. If the symptoms are too intense and you feel that you or your baby is at immediate risk of serious harm, please call 999, go to the nearest A&E or visit your GP.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
flexibility throughout the week, early morning sessions or late evening, working at weekends
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|