Osvalda Cerati-Harrod. Adv Dip. & MA, Integrative Psychotherapy And Counselling
I am an experienced integrative psychotherapist/counsellor working in Wandsworth/Battersea (SW11/SW18) and Oxford Circus (Central London,W1W).
In my work I consider the person as a whole entity: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I look at the person's beliefs, fears and hopes in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental way. I also look at the different creative ways in which the individual expresses himself/herself: for example art, singing, music, movement, dreams and their symbolic meaning. Central to my work is the therapeutic relationship: the safe and confidential space of meeting between the individual and the therapist. I consider this the fertile ground on which the person's well-being and growth can flourish.
I believe that the way a person lives reflects how she/he may have learned to adapt or conform in the world. This may result in a discomfort and a malaise that influences the person's well-being, and can give rise to anxiety, discontent, disharmony, frustration or even illness.
Counselling and psychotherapy offer the opportunity to explore how past experiences can affect the present. They facilitate a deeper understanding of the self and promote growth, maturity and harmony.
I see therapy as a creative process co-created by the client and the therapist, which enables a different way of looking, and of experiencing life. This is the ground from which change can happen.
I work both short-term (12 sessions or fewer) and long-term.
I practise in both English and Italian.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an Advanced Diploma and an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy which I obtained from The Minster Centre.
I am UKCP registered and a member of the BACP. I abide by both their codes of ethics.
My Italian roots and previous background have given me insight into the many ways in which we mould our identity in order to adapt transculturally, into how we attract or distance people, and into the importance of trust and the expectations we put into others.
My professional experience in working with bereaved people within the NHS, and also with victims of torture, has deepened my interest in the loss of identity, as well as in how psychic distress can manifest somatically. In my experience the therapeutic relationship offers a safe and creative space in which change can occur, and foster the individual's more fulfilling and harmonious way of living in relation to her/himself and in relationship with others.
I have practices in Wandsworth/Battersea (SW11/SW18), within easy reach of Clapham Junction, Fulham and Putney; and in Oxford Circus (W1W) conveniently located for people working in Central London and in the City.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with a variety of problems, and I have a particular interest in sound as a way of communication, especially with regards to parent and infant early connection.
My personal interest in music and sound, is extended to my way of working.
I consider the sound of our voice a way in which we manifest our deepest essence. I believe that an exploration of the person's voice in relationship to him/herself and while in communication with others, holds deeply therapeutic and profound potential.
Other areas of interest are bereavement/loss, identity, early parent/child relationships, and the relationship between emotional distress and physical illness.
Individual £75 Couples £90( Wansdsworth/Battersea)
Individual £80 Couples £95 (Central London)
Future fees are discussed at the initial meeting.
Sessions last 50 minutes.
Some concessions may be available for students.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you think I may be able to help you by phoning me on 07803 207 773 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Italian, and knowledge of Spanish|
Tuesdays; 8.00am to 8.00 pm Thursdays; 8 am to 7.00pm Friday; 8.00 am to 1.00pm
Supervision & training
Integrative Supervisor in Training.View supervision profile