Isidora Valetti MBACP
St Albans, AL2
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, and my professional focus is working with individuals, couples and families wishing to explore therapy as a tool for healing.
I specialise in restoring balance to those experiencing anxiety, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, relationship and family issues, affairs, betrayals, separation and divorce, bereavement, identity issues, and abuse (recent and historic). Multilingual and having lived in many diverse cultures, I work closely with the issues of cultural adjustment and adaptation, as well as issues related to expatriation and immigration
The environment I offer is calm and purposeful, non-judgemental and confidential thereby facilitating the key steps in empowering clients to manage their feelings and emotions and to bring about positive changes. At the centre of my integrative approach is the therapist-client relationship dynamic where I can identify bespoke and workable strategies for you that are drawn from my knowledge of, and experience in, diverse theoretical approaches. I aim to get clients to use their own resources to make sure they are able to find the strength and confidence to work through their own issues and make the changes they want to see in their own lives.
Counselling can help bring clarity where there is confusion, resolve past issues, change behaviours and improve relationships. I work particularly effectively with Couples Counselling, providing you and your partner with a safe and empathic space to assist you in exploring the difficult issues you're facing in your relationship, whatever your age, gender or sexual orientation. This includes individually-tailored sessions, regular relationship maintenance and relationship improvement sessions.
Approximately half of all my therapy sessions are spent counselling teens and younger children. For me this is an extremely rewarding part of my work where fast change can and does happen in issues such as self-harm, bullying, depression and bereavement.
I am also a supervisor, and offer supervision for both trainees and qualified counsellors.
I hold Enhanced DBS Clearance, am fully insured and work in a quiet and private setting in the St Albans area with off-street parking. I usually see clients in my own private practice, but may consider seeing clients in their own home. In addition, I offer Skype online counselling which easily accommodates the client-therapist dynamic.
As per BACP requirements, I attend regular supervision helping me to support my work, as well as undertaking regular Continuous Personal Development training.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
Couples Counselling Training
Woman's Oppression and Sexual Violence
Substance Awareness Training
Rape Crisis Training
Impact of Trauma on Mental Health
Substance misuse counsellor for CRI
Solution Focused Brief Therapy training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
£40 - 1h session
£35 - 30 min session
£50 - 50 min session
Couples & Families:
£75 - 1h session
Solution Focused Brief Therapy:
Limited number of reduced-fee sessions for those on benefits or low income e.g. students.
I also offer personal counselling for students who are training on Diploma and Degree Counselling/Psychotherapy courses.
I now offer Solution Focused Brief Therapy - SFBT focuses on solutions and is goal-orientated.
Therapy consists of discussions in which clients are encouraged to find their own solutions - This encourages belief that change is constant, clients are experts and have resources and strengths to solve problems and gives emphasis on what is possible and changeable.
In addition, I offer Skype online counselling - Skype is free and easy to use and can offer you a counselling experience that is very close to traditional face-to-face counselling in that it allows you and I to see and hear one another, as if we were in the same room.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day, evening and weekend sessions available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|