About me

Hello and welcome everyone,

Life is filled with trials and tribulations that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unable to see the potential for growth. Research and experience tell us that having a safe, accepting and curious space to explore how the events of our lives shape how we live, can aid understanding, self-acceptance and growth.

I offer clients space and presence that is warm, validating, respectful, caring, and supportive of healing. My intention as a therapist is to support clients to explore and move beyond difficult or limiting experiences and provide an opportunity for them to reconnect with their most authentic selves.

Often individuals seek counselling to address specific problems, but at times they desire to understand themselves better, both in terms of internal processes and in relation to others. You may lead a good enough life, but still feel the desire to change certain aspects which are causing you some distress. In a warm and non-judgemental space I will listen to you very carefully and help you uncover meanings, whilst reflecting on your patterns and choices.

I have worked in a variety of mental health and therapeutic settings, supporting individuals struggling with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, social anxiety, feeling sad, bipolar, trauma, hearing voices, relationship issues, stress, loss and bereavement, low self esteem

I believe that we all have the capacity to find the answers and solutions to the aspects of our life we want to change. In engaging with ideas and strategies from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred, gestalt and transpersonal psychology and by creating an environment of acceptance I will work collaboratively with you to uncover and explore your therapeutic priorities.

 As an integrative humanistic counsellor, I draw inspiration from many sources to ensure support that is tailored to the needs of each individual client.

Having lived in different countries I embrace and deeply respect cultural and individual differences. Open to diversity in all its forms, I hold an anti-discriminatory stance and I am sensitive to issues related to belonging and adjustment.

First Meeting

The initial consultation will give us both a chance to decide whether counselling is for you and whether we are a good enough fit and can work well together. During this session I will ask you some questions about your background history, presenting issues (what is troubling you) and expectations for therapy. You will also be invited to ask me anything which may help you clarify whether you would feel comfortable with me. If we choose to work together, we will establish the focus of therapy and a treatment plan that will meet your needs. If, however, we agree that you may be better suited to a different therapist, I will do my best to signpost you in the right direction.

Goals

From the start we will agree on what you will like to get out of therapy. However, we will be reviewing the work as we move along, offering you the opportunity to reflect on your progress and how we are doing. It is not uncommon for initial goals to change as the therapeutic work evolves over time.

Integrative Framework

I chose integration because it is my belief that there is no one way of understanding human behaviour and no therapeutic approach that is suitable for everyone and all presenting issues. I integrate different theoretical approaches into a cohesive, relational way of working which involves the ‘self’ of the therapist being present on multiple levels in the work with clients.

At your own pace

At first you may find the prospect of opening up about your private experiences and personal reactions to them daunting. Rest assured that this is absolutely normal and that you will never be forced to share more than you feel comfortable sharing, and certainly not before a degree of trust between us is in place. It may take a few sessions for this to happen and collaboratively we will determine the pace of our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Counselling, CPPD Counselling School, BACP accredited course 2018-2021
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, CPTA London, CPCAB
  • Time-limited Counselling, CPD training
  • Neuroscience, Attachment and Therapeutical Alliance, CPD training
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CPD training
  • Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamics, CPD training
  • Reiki, Usui System of Natural Healing, level 2, 2018, London

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

Polish

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Barbara Josik

Barbara Josik