Monika Ober-Sahnoun

Monika Ober-Sahnoun

Charlton House
Charlton Road
London
SE7 8RE

The Forum At Greenwich
Trafalgar Road
London
SE10 9EQ

07444 602476

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Charlton House
Charlton Road
London
SE7 8RE

The Forum At Greenwich
Trafalgar Road
London
SE10 9EQ

07444 602476

About me

My core belief is that everyone carries within themselves answers to life’s challenges. ​No one can know you better than yourself, however sometimes we need a helping hand to get to a place of knowing this.

My role as a therapist is to facilitate the most effective environment in which you will learn how to access your inner resources. ​The therapy process is directed by the client and provides a confidential space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. I hope that as you share your experience with me your self-awareness and self-trust will increase and this will result in healing and restoring wellness in a way that is best for you.

My hope is that through this process you will flourish in your own unique way and become all that you can be.

My story

I decided to become a counsellor following my own therapeutic journey. I experienced life changing benefits and wanted to be able to offer similar help and opportunity for bettering the quality of life to others. I have undergone Person-Centred Approach training, which fits with my personal view of what effective help is.

I am also interested in the link between our body and mind. I became aware of the impact that our physical health can have on our emotional state and vice versa. I obtained a foundation certificate in Systematic Kinesiology to gain tools in holistic therapy. Kinesiology uses muscle testing techniques to determine root causes of ill health. It focuses on restoring balance within the body through a range of non-invasive techniques. I feel this holistic approach to healthcare is complementary to counselling as often the underling cause of physical issues is rooted in an emotional problem.

Person-Centred Approach to Counselling

Psychologist Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987) developed Person-Centred Approach to Counselling. The choice of name emphasises that this approach focuses on the individual's subjective view of self and the world.

The Rogerian theory is based on the understanding that people are essentially good and have an innate drive for self-development and growth (termed self-actualizing tendency).  Therefore, this therapeutic process is client-led and attention is given to understanding the client’s perception of themselves.

​One of the most important aspects of helping clients overcome this is the quality of the counselling relationship. The therapist is responsible for facilitating an atmosphere that will enable the client to tap into inner resources and bridge the gap between false and real self. The therapist needs to be able to extend towards the client “three core conditions”: empathy, unconditional positive regards (non-judgmental), and congruence (honesty). These qualities, if received by the client, will create a safe place, for the individual to accept all aspects of self and will lead to living more authentic and fulfilling life.

"As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves." Carl Rogers

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Person-Centred Approach Counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have experience supporting adult clients with a variety of issues in English and Polish language.

In addition to my counselling qualification I obtained substance misuse certificate level 4 endorsed by the BACP, as well as substance misuse award level 2 by the CPCAB.

Together with my colleagues I carried out research into gambling addiction. Our research paper titled “Person Centred Counsellors’ experiences of working with clients self-identifying as problem gamblers.” was presented in 2016 at the BACP National Research Conference.

Member organisations

BACP

Therapies offered

Fees

An initial appointment is charged at a reduced rate of £35.

My standard fee is £45 per session.

I offer a reduced rate sessions for counselling students. Please contact me for further information.

Further information

For further information please visit my website: www.withintherapy.com

"Healing emerges from within when a person feels heard and fully accepted."

Monika Ober-Sahnoun

Maps & Directions

London, SE7 8RE
London, SE10 9EQ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Polish

Availability

Please contact me for sessions availability.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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