I am a BACP accredited counsellor. I offer a safe and confidential space in which we can discuss and explore the distress caused by the difficulties that you are currently experiencing or by the problems you are facing in life. I work with adults in both open ended as well as and brief therapy offering a lively face-to-face therapeutic relationship that will respect your individual needs, your unique history and your particular aims and goals.
I also have experience working at the NHS in Primary Care and in the voluntary sector. In these settings I have worked with a wide range of presentations, from people seeking to understand the impact that past trauma has had on their present life to people who have experienced anxiety, depression or difficulty in adjusting to given life changes (such as loss, life-stages changes, relationships problems).
How I work
My counselling core training stems from the Relational Approach. This counselling approach integrates insights from different philosophical perspectives and psychological theories -Existential and Humanistic Approaches, mainly Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches such as Objective Relations and Interpersonal Theory. The focus of this counselling approach is on relationships, which are central for people to become fully functional individuals.
In our relationship, I will offer a way of 'being' as practitioner based on values as empathy, genuineness and authenticity.
* I will be attentive
* open to a real encounter with you,
* show authentic responses being aware of the impact on the client
* respond with deep empathy whilst offering gentle challenges
* offer unconditional positive regard (not judging people, but accepting and understanding)
* tolerate the uncertainty of the unknown
* be aware of differences
* keep clear boundaries.
By consistently sustaining these qualities as practitioner, I offer a different relational modality to clients, which is a reparative relational experience. On our initial session we will discuss the issues that you would like to work on in counselling as well as my way of working so as to ascertain if we can work together. In other words, is what I offer what you are looking for?
If by the end of the first meeting, we decide that we can work together then we move on to agree upon practical aspects of the therapy (time slot, length of counselling, cancellations and holidays).
More About Me
As an Argentine born, my first language is Spanish; thus, if preferred, I can offer counselling in that language too. I have lived in the UK for many years and I am able to offer therapy to people who because of their background, struggle with cultural adjustment and are particularly acute to the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, integration and separation, identity issues like being/feeling the 'other' and 'othering' others) or are struggling with the longing to belong.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires where I worked as a qualitative market researcher for ten years.
I moved to York in 1999. I began my counselling training at York St. John University where I got an initial Certificate in Counselling. Then I moved on to complete a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Since completing the Diploma I have developed clinical experience at ‘One Parent Families’, the ‘Tuke Centre’ in York, and ‘Solace’, a voluntary sector organisation offering therapeutic help to asylum seekers and refugees in Leeds.
In addition, I have also worked at Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre where I acquired experience with emotionally vulnerable and psychologically frail clients coming from disempowered backgrounds. In 2008 I gained my BACP accreditation and joined the Primary Care Counselling Team at the NHS where I work at present. In this setting I engage with a ‘wider’ range of emotional and psychological presentations in short term counselling.
In my private practice, I have offered counselling to ‘clinically depressed clients’ as part of a research project developed by York University.
Most recently, in 2011 I have gained a Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision at the University of Leeds.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Impact of Migration and Displacement: Acculturation processes, identity adjustment, social and cultural integration.
Individual therapy costs £45 per session payable in cash, cheque and/or bank payment at the beginning of each sessions. I will provide you with a receipt.