A. Rae Sziklai (MA, DipEd, BA - MBACP)
Hello and welcome! I would like to commend you on the courage it’s taken you to get to this step in seeking out support and positive change in your life.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been volunteering/working in counselling settings since 2012, with a broad range of presenting issues from clients including depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem/worth, confidence, bereavement/loss, trauma, life changes, LGBTQ+, relationships, separation and divorce.
Master of Arts Degree: Counselling
University of Manchester - 2017
Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Guidance Studies
Equivalent to Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate
University of British Columbia - 2012
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Psychology
University of British Columbia - 2010
I practice from an integrative model of psychotherapy with a strong relational focus and having the person-centred conditions of acceptance, genuineness and unconditional positive regard at the core of my practice.
As an integrative therapist/counsellor I draw upon various elements of different theoretical orientations I have received training on. I utilise aspects from Humanistic Therapies (Person-Centred, Egan Model). These involve past and present introspection, encourage your self-development and potential to live an authentic and meaningful life, alongside helping you solve problems and develop opportunities. Having been trained in both the Person-Centred approach and the Egan Model, I hold these approaches at the core of my practice as well as way of living.
I also draw upon Psychoanalytical Psychodynamic Therapies, which explore and focus on non-constructive patterns which are repeated in people's lives, including relationship patterns, and how these past experiences might have influenced your present life and the way you understand the world.
I draw upon elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, which focus on how our thoughts influence the way we feel and ultimately respond within our personal world and in relation to others. I also integrate aspects of Mindfulness into my practice, utilising theory to facilitate management of distressing emotional states.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sessional - £40
Sessional reduced rate (limited availability) for students/low income - £25
Feel free to get in contact via telephone or email and from there we can make arrangements for your first session. The initial session is about exploring the issues you’re wishing to bring to counselling, what you'll be working toward, and determining if we will be a strong therapeutic match. It is important to feel comfortable when delving into personal aspects of your life. If you're happy to continue, at the end of the first session we can look at booking in for future sessions which are typically held on a weekly basis.
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.
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Types of client