Although life is such an amazing, fascinating and wonderful mystery, which can be discovered everyday, sometimes it provides us with difficulties we cannot cope with; surprises we did not expect or even did not want to, or put us into the situations we cannot deal with at all. Then we think, that there is no hope, there is no solution or there is "no way out". The good news is, that there is a hope- there is counselling.
So What is that Counselling then?
I understand counselling as a process of helping, based on the voluntary relationship (full of trust, understanding and acceptance) between two people- client and counsellor; it is focused on problem solving and helping client to find his own ways of dealing with problems and get his own solutions, which enables him to become fully functioning person.
Counselling is offered by a qualified and experienced professional, called counsellor. In that case it is me.
Hello there, nice to meet you, my name is Aleksandra Pieczarka and I am bilingual (Polish/English speaking) counsellor.
I have nearly five years experience of working for Bradford Counselling Services, where I worked with wide range of clients from all ages, genders, backgrounds, beliefs, races and cultures, Polish and English speaking.
I started my own counselling business three years ago, and I really enjoy to work for myself and see clients in that setting.
For the last two and a half years I also have been working for GamCare- one of the biggest organizations in the UK helping problem gamblers. I provide my counselling service for problem gamblers clients and their families and friends in Bradford http://www.krysallis.org.uk/gamcare-counsellors.html.
My way of working:
At my practice I use Person-Centred approach, which means for me, that every person is unique and have own potential to heal himself and find his own solutions. I accept client as a human being. I do not judge or criticise, I just listen to a client in a safe and confidential environment, full of trust, empathy and honesty.
By listening to the client, asking appropriate questions, reflecting back what I had heard, I can show my client completely different point of view, l can help my client to look at all the problems form different perspective, which will let client to find own answers and solutions.
In the counselling room, comfort, safety and wellbeing of my client is my priority.
This is, what I can offer to you as well. How do you feel about that? I can still imagine, that it is not easy decision to make- to go for counselling, to ask for help, and I understand that it may take a time and courage to do that. That is perfectly fine, take your time and do not rush. I can wait for you, and when you are ready, I will be here.
“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” (Shannon L. Alder).
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Working with Problem Gambling
Introduction to CBT
Mental Health First Aid
Domestic Abuse (Recognising and Responding)
Award in Substance Misuse Awareness
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Session 45 pounds for 50 minutes
Every consecutive session 50 pounds (Leeds)
Skype 40 pounds for 50 minutes
Reduced rate for Counselling or Psychotherapy students 25 pounds for 50 minutes
Deposit of 30 pounds is required prior booking.
Depending on clients needs. I am trying to be very flexible.