Rae Sziklai (MA, MBACP)
Hello and welcome!
You may be here because you are struggling with feeling unfulfilled in your life. You might be fighting an internal battle with painful thoughts and feelings. Perhaps you are faced with an intimidating decision and are not sure which direction to move in. Maybe you’ve been through a heart-breaking loss and you are feeling like it will never get easier.
Whatever you’re going through, you’ve arrived here because you are looking to change something in your life. This could be in the way you perceive yourself, your relationships with others, or your world. It can be difficult to know where to turn in times like this and you might be wondering if counselling will help.
I am trained to support you through your troubles and to help you make sense of your experiences. We will work together to enable you to draw on your own inner resources and enhance your quality of life. I believe you deserve to be happy and fulfilled and that you have the ability to make that happen.
I value the uniqueness in each individual, seeking out and walking your own path, connection, integrity, openness and honesty. Believing that each person can be empowered to find their own answers, we’ll work together to facilitate insight, as well as to discover solutions to problems. I am confident in my ability to foster an environment of safety, trust, and acceptance, in which together we can explore the aspects of your life which may be causing you pain and distress, where your potential feels limited, and where positive change can assist movement towards a more liveable life. I know that I am comfortable sharing a therapeutic space no matter your present state, and I’m not afraid to go with you into a dark place.
You've taken a massive step by starting your search for a counsellor, which can be a daunting process, so well done for getting here. Feel free to get in contact and we can work together to improve your quality of life and well-being. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been supporting clients in counselling settings since 2012, with a broad range of presenting issues.
Master of Arts Degree: Counselling
University of Manchester
Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Guidance Studies
Equivalent to Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate
University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Psychology
University of British Columbia
As an integrative therapist/counsellor I draw upon various elements of different theoretical orientations I have trained in. I predominantly draw aspects from Humanistic Therapies (Person-Centred, Egan Model). These involve past and present introspection, problem-solving and encouraging your self-development in order to live a more authentic and meaningful life.
I also utilise Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic Therapies, which explore repeating patterns in people’s lives. Insight into how past experiences influence a person’s understanding of the world can help to break these patterns and bring about positive changes.
In addition, elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies focus on how our thoughts influence the way we feel. This allows us to explore how we respond to stressful events within our personal world and in relation to others.
I also integrate aspects of Mindfulness into my practice, using theory to facilitate management of distressing emotional states.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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Sessional - £40
Sessional reduced rate (limited availability) for students/clients on low income - £30
Shortly after initial contact by you, I will respond back to arrange a time to get in touch to have a short telephone consultation so that we can introduce ourselves, I can get a sense of what you’re wanting to explore in counselling, and if it feels suitable, make arrangements for our first session. The first session is about getting to know each other a bit more, exploring in more depth the issues you are struggling with, and determining if we will be a strong therapeutic match. I am trained and experienced in facilitating an environment of safety and trust, and it is important that you feel comfortable when delving into personal aspects of your life.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes, and we can continue working together for as long as feels helpful.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday-Friday (flexible times)
Types of client