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About me

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

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Additional information

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.

When I work

Depending on clients needs. I am trying to be very flexible.

4 Queen Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2TW

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Polish

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