Antonietta Palladino MBACP (Accred) M.A.P Counselling
Hello and welcome.
I am so mindful of how overwhelming it can be to deal with what life throws our way sometimes. Admitting to ourselves we are struggling, feeling we are on our own. Therefore finding someone who can listen, truly hear and support us can feel like a big task. I realise how crucial finding that right person is and hope I can make that step easier for you.
MY OWN JOURNEY
I am a mother of one and of Italian origin and have been a counsellor for over 17 years. I started my career within the hair and beauty industry and then as a training consultant/tutor. It was here that I developed a passion for supporting and guiding individuals experiencing difficulty in their lives. Having gone through my own health, relationship and parenting struggles, I can fully appreciate the effects it has on our lives and getting the right support to get through the other side.
WHAT I DO
I work with a whole range of different issues, some of which include, Anxiety, Depression, Post Natal Depression, Stress, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Identity, Trauma, Addiction, Bereavement & Loss, Separation & Divorce, Relationship & Sexual Issues, Anger Management, Disability, Low Self Esteem, Work Related Stress, Coaching & Personal Growth.
I am accredited with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and combine working part time in the NHS as a counsellor, with working in private practice. (Please see below for some information on Anxiety/ Depression and Stress and visit my website at mapcounselling.co.uk to learn more about me).
HOW I DO IT
I tailor the sessions around you, this is done by keeping a focus on what you want and what you would like to come away with. Regular opportunities to review how you are progressing are structured into your sessions. We may also negotiate particular exercises, to encourage further self awareness and reflection in between sessions to optimise your therapy experience.
I can fully appreciate how much courage it takes to make the first step to contact a therapist and would like to make the process of crossing this first hurdle easier for you. Therefore I offer a free 20 minute session so that we can explore any questions you may have, discuss what therapy entails and how it can help you, ensuring you are comfortable before proceeding with further sessions. You can email or contact me by phone to arrange this.
It is usual to meet every week, on a fixed day and time that works for us, however there is also the option of meeting every two weeks. If you have any questions about appointments or fees we can discuss this in your session.
My fees are as below, this can be negotiated for those on a low income. I also see students and counsellor trainees and offer a discounted rate of £40.
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
1 in 4 of us experience symptoms of anxiety and depression at some point in our life, where we can experience feelings of isolation and struggle to cope. This in turn can affect all areas of our day to day life, including our relationships and we may find it hard to ask for help. You will be supported not just to understand how these issues affect you, but most importantly, how to develop particular skills to deal with these issues so that you can start to regain some control over your life.
EFFECTS OF STRESS
Stress is something that we all experience in our day to day lives and it can affect us all very differently. Interestingly, we all need a certain amount of stress in our lives to motivate us to get things done, which in turn enables our body and mind to run at its optimum level. Stress only becomes a problem when it starts to affect our ability to perform tasks, in other words the stress is so great that it outweighs the resources we have to cope. Prolonged levels of stress can take its toll on us physically, as well as emotionally and increase the risk of disease and infection. It can also contribute to memory loss, anger and depression. If you identify with any of these experiences, get in contact and we can discuss how therapy can support you.
Here is an overview of some of the feedback I have received over the years.....
"I did not feel judged and felt this really helped me to open up".
"Being challenged, although difficult at times, helped me to increase my awareness and make those important changes in my life".
"Supporting me to consider different ways of approaching my issues, has made me more able to deal with difficulties I face".
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bsc in Psychology and Human Biosciences
- Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy
- Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Stress Management
- Brief Focused Therapy and Counselling
- Motivational Interviewing
- Online Counselling
Membership and Accreditation
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Counsellor
United Kingdom Register Of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
ART IN THERAPY
The use of art in therapy is not new, it is a very powerful medium and helps us to unlock the unconscious mind and bring to the forefront aspects of our thoughts and feelings we may not be able to otherwise tap into with speech alone.
There is no creative ability needed to participate therefore you do not have to be a great artist. Art therapy is a process that unravels and develops, using a combination of mediums, such as plastacine, paint, feltips, crayons, pencils, paper, shapes and colour. This has proved to be a valuable addition in therapy for a lot of clients in moving forward and developing awareness.
I have many years experience of working with drug and alcohol addiction, along with disordered eating and the detrimental effects it can have on our everyday functioning and relationships.
I can support you to identify the processes that occur with your addiction, such as how to recognize and understand your triggers. This will enable you to look at how patterns are formed and continue to be repeated, giving you the tools and therefore options to make changes.
WORKING WITH SURVIVORS OF ABUSE - Please enquire for details of our 10 week workshop.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit www.mapcounselling.co.uk
Individual counselling - £60 Forest Rowe Practice and £50 Blackboys Practice
Students/Trainee Counsellors - £40
Internet Counselling £25 per email exchange.
Skype/Facetime sessions £45, after introductory sessions.
Couples - £90
If you would like more information, you can contact me for an informal chat by phone or if you prefer, you can also send a confidential email
I aim to respond to all calls and enquiries within 48 hours, in not before.
I have two practices one in Forest Row, which is easily accessible from Crawley, East Grinstead, Lingfield and is accessible from M23 and A22. Forest Row is a beautiful little village with a history steeped in alternative therapies. The other practice is in Blackboys surrounded by beautiful countryside. This allows practice of eco based therapy principles to support stress reduction and mindfulness and re-connect you to nature.
You will be offered a confidential space, where you will be heard, able to talk freely, without being judged.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|