Aniko Szilagyi, MA, MLitt, MPhil, PhD, PGDip
I'm a counsellor based in the South Side of Glasgow. I normally offer face-to-face counselling in my home practice and online counselling internationally. However, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, I’m only available for online counselling at the moment.
Why come to counselling?
People come to counselling for varied reasons. Some of us carry the burden of a difficult childhood or struggle with symptoms of depression or anxiety. We might find our relationships unfulfilling, or we might have a vague sense that something is wrong but not quite be able to put it into words. After a bereavement, some of us feel unable to cope on our own. And some of us might feel OK but keep wondering if there’s more to life, if we could be happier.
You might feel broken. I have good news for you: you’re not.
My practice is called "As You Are Counselling" because you can come exactly as you are right now. Whatever issue you want to bring – even if it feels too big or too small – there’s a good chance that counselling will help.
A little bit about me
I became a counsellor because my own counselling did so much for me at a low point in my life that I wanted to dedicate my career to helping others in the same way. Before my counselling training I spent many years studying languages and literature and working in a higher education setting. My previous studies inform and enrich my work, because one of the things counselling can do is help us tell, shape and even rewrite our own story.
I have been counselling since 2018, and have worked with a charity servicing the local community as well as a university counselling service. Together, my clients and I have addressed a wide range of difficulties, including, but not limited to, problems with family and romantic relationships, stress, bereavement, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and dissociation. I’m currently developing and facilitating online workshops for The Wise Group on anger management, anxiety, depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, and personal wellbeing. I have a special interest in mindfulness, yoga, and other practices that have been scientifically proven to enhance wellbeing.
I work in a person-centred way, meaning I will aim to build a strong relationship with you based on empathy, respect and authenticity. While my personal experience tells me that being in such a therapeutic relationship is affirmative and feels great, scientific evidence also shows that it is tranformative. I believe that we all have the power within us not just to cope with difficulties but to thrive. Counselling is about discovering this power through a shared exploration of any issues you want to bring.
Witnessing people overcome great hardships and build fulfilling lives for themselves is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. And that’s possible for everyone. So whatever you are struggling with, there is always hope.
How it works
Finding the right counsellor for you
It’s important to work with a counsellor who you feel is a good fit. Counselling is an enormously rewarding but challenging journey and you’ll want to have someone you can trust accompanying and supporting you. To find out if we could work well together, I offer a brief initial video chat or phone call at no cost and we can discuss whether to make an appointment. If we agree that counselling with me is not the best option for you, I will do my best to direct you to alternative sources of help, and to recommend another counsellor if you wish.
What does a session look like?
Counselling sessions usually last 50 minutes and most people come for one per week. None of that is set in stone and we can talk about your individual needs but regularity can make a big difference, especially at the start.
In your first session I’ll ask you what’s brought you here and we will work from there. I will listen really carefully to whatever you have to say and try to put myself in your shoes and understand what it’s like to be you. I won’t set an agenda for us but work collaboratively with you. You may have heard the expression ‘safe space’: for me, it means somewhere I can be myself without fear of being judged or rejected, including the parts of me that I don’t like, that feel icky, that I’m ashamed of. That’s what I will aim to create for you. Carl Rogers said it best when he wrote,
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Because counselling is so personal, I will also check with you from time to time if you feel we are doing things the right way for you. Not everyone needs exactly the same thing so we’ll need to work out what you need.
What will change?
Since every counselling journey is unique, we can’t know for sure what will happen for you, but we can certainly think about what may happen. For example, you may start to feel more compassion towards yourself. You may realise that the past’s hold on you has loosened and past experiences no longer define you. You may find yourself accepting some parts of you despite not liking them, and changing others. You may notice a shift in your relationships with the people around you. You may become more attuned to your own thoughts and feelings and to others’, discover new meanings, find new goals. You may have a clearer idea of what’s important to you, and make changes to create a life that serves you better.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Persona & University of Aberdeen
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Strathclyde
- PhD in Translation Studies, University of Glasgow
- MPhil in English Literature, University of Glasgow
- MLitt in Modernities, University of Glasgow
- MA Hons in English Literature and Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £45 per 50-minute session.
Concessions offered for
I have weekday, evening and Saturday appointments available.
While I mostly work in English, I can also offer counselling in Hungarian.
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