Ongea Counselling and Psychotherapy Practices
8-26 Bath Street
50 Westminster Bridge Road
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I work with adult clients, who see me for help with a variety of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem and difficult relationship patterns.
How I work:
My intention is to provide a counselling space in which you feel safe and supported in order to explore whatever concerns you. I feel a trusting relationship between client and counsellor is vital. I also believe that counselling can provide a place for you to share your concerns at your pace, and be listened to fully, which often doesn’t happen in our daily lives. By listened to fully, I mean without judgement or disruption. Together, we can gain understanding to help you. Counselling is a two-way process, and I work in a collaborative and enabling way. My role isn’t to tell you what to do; I may gently challenge you, or offer insights or observations, but without being authoritative.
As an integrative counsellor, I work in the way that is most suitable to you.I will draw on a number of established counselling and therapeutic approaches depending on your needs.I don’t have a fixed or predetermined way of working therefore, as everyone is different and what helps one person may not suit you. We may explore behaviours, beliefs, feelings or habits that are concerning you, which may involve looking at past or present relationships or how past relationships affect you now.I work holistically, which may include exploring thoughts, emotions and bodily feelings, as our physical sensations can help us understand what is going on for us. I also may suggest creative tools such as drawing or writing, or visualisation. How we work will be agreed between us.
I am interested in how early relationships can affect us in the present. As well as how we relate to and experience others, I am curious about how we experience ourselves, and why it is that we may feel so critical or even ashamed of ourselves.
Before training to become a counsellor, I worked in marketing and creative services. I have been employed in large and small companies, and in voluntary organisations, which gives me an understanding of workplace issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training:
- I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- I have an MA/Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Minster Centre.
- I have a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, a counselling foundation course, from the University of Cambridge.
- I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes University.
I have experience in a private clinic and through voluntary work. In addition to my private practice, I currently work as an honorary counsellor within an NHS practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Feelings of shame
I charge £50 per session. I also offer some concessionary rates. If you would like to arrange an initial session to see what it might be like to work with me, please get in touch. I charge a reduced rate of £25 for this first meeting, as I recognise the importance of choosing a counsellor you feel comfortable with.
I abide by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Code of Ethics.I receive regular supervision and undertake continued professional development and training.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer daytime appointments at Waterloo on Wednesdays and Old Street on Thursdays, including early morning appointments from 7am
Types of client