Kasandra Gulka

Poole
BH14

07870 804037

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Poole
BH14

07870 804037

About me

I am a person-centred counsellor and believe that all of us have the internal resources we need for growth and my aim is to provide the right environment to help this growth to occur. Through examination of the past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed, allowing us to relate differently to ourselves, our difficulties and to others, and either make changes or find acceptance.

I am a registered NCS Accredited Counsellor with a social work background and over 15 years’ experience working in both public and private sector, supporting individuals across a variety of backgrounds. I work with a wide range of issues including: relationship difficulties, parenting issues, attachment, anxiety and depression, work problems, loss or bereavement, trauma and many others.

Models influencing my approach include Humanistic Therapies, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) mindfulness. I take a flexible approach to therapy, integrating various models to suit each individual.

I offer both short-term work (typically 6 – 10 sessions), to focus on specific areas, or longer-term therapy which allows for a deeper exploration and understanding.

In addition, I actively participate in the training and actively participate in regular supervision.

What happens at our first session?

Our first session will be between 60 – 90 minutes.

This is an opportunity for us to meet and to mutually decide whether therapy could be helpful for you and whether we feel we could work together. I will ask you some general questions about what brings you to therapy and perhaps some of your past history. It will also be an opportunity for you to say whatever you feel might be helpful for me to know or to ask any questions. By the end of the session, we will agree how to proceed. If we decide to commence further sessions, these will usually be on a weekly basis. You may need a week or so to go away and think about whether you would like further sessions. Or occasionally, we may decide that therapy is either not appropriate for you or perhaps just not the right time, in which case we can think about other types of support might be helpful before we end our first session.

Therapy sessions

All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes in length. Once we have agreed a day and a time for your sessions, these will normally continue on the same day and time until you finish therapy.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Please email or telephone using the contacts provided here. Your confidentiality is assured and all emails or voice messages will only be accessed by me. I will then contact you for an initial (free) telephone consultation to discuss your needs and then if appropriate, make an initial appointment for us to meet.

Jestem w pełni wykwalifikowaną, polskojęzyczną terapeutką, prowadzącą prywatną praktykę. Jestem zarejestrowana z Brytyjskim Towarzystwie Psychoteraputycznym (National Counselling Sociaty) i pracuję zgodnie z ich zasadami etycznymi. Zgodnie z wymaganiami NCS moją pracę terapeutyczną poddaję regularnej superwizji; jestem również ubezpieczona od odpowiedzialności zawodowej. Oferuję psychoterapię indywidualną dorosłych, terapię par, rodzinną, terapie dzieci i mlodzierzy oraz terapie grupowa zarówno krotko- jak i długoterminową, z zachowaniem pełnej poufności. Prowadzę terapię skoncentrowaną na osobie, stworzoną przez Carla Rogers'a (person-centred therapy, terapia rogeriańska). Terapia ta oparta jest na relacji terapeuty z klientem, a jej główne założenia to autentyczność relacji, akceptacja i empatia. Jest to podejście "nie kierunkujące", tzn. że to klient decyduje, nad czym chce pracować i to on/ona nadaje tempo pracy terapeutycznej. To klient jest ekspertem, w tym co go/ją najbardziej gnębi, a terapeuta tworzy empatyczną, akceptującą i autentyczną przestrzeń, w której klient jest w pełni rozumiany.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualification:

  • Master of Art Pedagogical Care and Social Work 2002
  • Dip in Integrated Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2014
  • Post Qualifying Dip in Counselling Children and Adolescents 2017

Additional training:

Domestic Abuse
Working with people who self-harm
Working with sexual abuse
Working with emotional abuse
Group work for counsellors

Working with Challenging Behaviour

Creating Change and Motivational Strategies for Working with Young People

Getting the Best from Yourself & Others- Coaching Skills

Core Skills - Developing Coaching Skills

Solution Focus Brief Therapy

Understanding and Working with Attachment Problems

Experience:

Over 15 years’ of experience helping different groups of people with wide range of issues across various settings (e.g. Consulting and Diagnostic Centre for Families, Dorset Mind, Special Needs School, Children and Adult Social Service, Domestic Violence Project, Private Counselling Practice).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

NCS

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have an extensive experience of working children, adolescents and families and I undertook specialist training in this area.

Fees

£40 a session for individuals.
£55 a session for couples
A session would last for 50 minutes

Further information

The first time we meet is a chance for you to tell me what has prompted you to come and for me to share how I work and answer any questions you may have. We would then decide on what would happen next, with the proviso that you might want to think about it first.

Fully Insured Practitioner

Full Accredited member of National Counselling Society (NCS) and abide by their code of ethics.

CRB (DBS) Checked

Maps & Directions

Poole, BH14

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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