I was trained as an Integrative Counsellor. My main approach is a Person-Centred Approach, complimented by a Psychodynamic Approach.
In more simple terms, a Person-Centred Approach is about staying with the ‘here and now’, and believing that clients know the answers to their own problems. This empowers clients to find resources within themselves and to develop self-help tools which they can then use in their own lives- allowing them to fulfill their true potential.
Psychodynamic Approach, on the other hand, is about our unresolved, internal conflicts, often rooted deeply in our early childhood experiences, locked in our subconscious. Experiences, which impact and merge with our present, without our own awareness.
To use a metaphor, a Person-Centred Approach to therapy is a journey towards self-discovery. You are a guide and I am your companion. It is a journey about you and your agenda. It is up to you how fast or slow you want to walk and I will in turn, follow your pace. I will walk with you in the light and in the dark. And, I will visit with you places which seem filled with joy and happiness. And, if you wish to take me there, those which may seem forgotten, filled with pain, grief, shame or anger.
Reflecting on my own experience of being in therapy, I believe finding the right therapist sets yourself on the journey towards healing.
A safe, open, warm and non-judgemental atmosphere is where the work begins. There is no magic pill or fix.
On the contrary, this journey requires a willingness to welcome change in our life. And at times we may feel ‘stuck’, frustrated, or tired of waiting for the results of our work.
But if we trust the process, we will soon discover it’s our opportunity for authentic transformation. In therapy we can use pain as a vehicle for a positive change. We learn how to develop a healthy relationship with our ‘wounds and scars’ without being terrified by them. Therapy supports and increases our self-awareness and self-growth.
One of my clients once said: ‘At the end, I found peace within’ which really gives the essence of what therapy is about.
When our mind, body and spirit are united, we feel wholeness within.
In counselling I use my integrative approach to adapt and accommodate to an individual client’s needs. I believe that one size does not fit all.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
British Bachelor (Honours) Degree Standard
I have a social work background. And, I have always enjoyed working with people regardless of their age. In my past, I used to work in a variety of different support roles with children, teenagers and young adults with learning difficulties. Seeing them achieve their goals, gain more independence and progress with their lives - against difficulties and odds - was very rewarding. Furthermore, this experience only strengthened my belief that when we provide the right environment for people to grow and thrive, positive change will inevitably follow.
As a student counsellor I have gained experience of working in both, short - and long - term therapy. My experience around short-term therapy comes from working in NHS-IAPS goal and focus oriented therapy.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £50 for 50 minutes.
Concessions offered for
Areas I work with:
· Anger management
· Family problem
· Low self-esteem
· Relationship problems
· Suicidal thoughts
I provide counselling in both English and Polish.
I work with adults and young people.