Monika Szymanska - MBACP, MSc Psychology, Dip Person-Centred Counsellor
65 Brunswick Road
Suite 4 (Off Livingston Business Centre)
Charlesfield Lane (Off Kirkton Road South)
07879 872445 / 07879 872445
I am one of the qualified person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist working for "At your side therapy" centre.
I have over 10 years of practice in working with a diverse range of people from a wide range of backgrounds, experiencing a range of various life difficulties.
I truly believe that we are all unique and therefore we are the experts on ourselves. I believe we can all be trusted to find our own way through our problems, anxieties and life crises if we are listened by the therapist empathically, non-judgementally, with person centre approach.
The type of therapy I offer is known as Person-Centred. Person-Centred Approach was founded by Carl Rogers and belongs to the humanistic school of therapy which emphasis personal growth. The personal growth is allowed by one of the important element of my counselling philosophy, which is therapeutic relationship with you (the client) and me (the therapist). In this relationship we are "fellow travellers" meaning that you are an expert of yourself by allowing me to enter your world. As Rogers said and I truly believe that "it is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." - from On Becoming a Person, Rogers, 1961.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Persona which is accredited by BACP and Stirling Univeristy. I have qualifications in Counselling and Therapy as well as in Psychology. I am a member of my professional body such as BACP and BPS then so I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychological Society (BPS).
I work with a wide range of issues, such as: abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, mental, financial), anger, stress, anxiety, bereavement/loss, depression, bullying, divorce/separation, relationship issues, identity issues, lack of direction/purpose, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, rape, trauma, paranoia, delusions, hearing voices.
In the past 8 years I have gained specialist experience of working with people who have long-term mental health problems and their family members in a charity and private setting.
I have gained as well a knowledge how to work with a women who experience domestic abuse in the last years through Women's Aid.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
At the moment I have only free spaces on Monday and Friday evening in Edinburgh as well as Saturday morning in Livingston. We operate on a sliding fee scale based on our clients' financial circumstances. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions page on At Your Side Therapy website www.atyourside.scot
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
At the moment free spaces only: Thursday and Friday evenings in Edinburgh, Saturday mornings in Livingston Please be aware that those spaces are limited, please contact me for more info
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|