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About me

Along the years I worked as a professional in the community I came across individuals from all walks of life and with various emotional and psychological difficulties. I witnessed first-hand how changes can place us somewhere we did not ask to be and how traumas and anxiety effect our ability to cope and carry on with the simplest tasks of daily life.

I have experience in working with adults with various Mental Health diagnosis and their families. Once a week I work with a charity aimed at survivors from sexual and domestic abuse.

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Systemic Counselling from The Family Institute at University of South Wales. Regardless my credentials, as a counsellor and human being, I have a genuine interest in other people’s problems alongside a desire to help you work through your issues, in parallel to or separate from, past and present obstacles.

Systemic Counselling is an evidenced strength-based approach that sees the individual in relationships with others rather than in isolation. Its core is to look at contexts, environments, and relationships (family, work, friends) alongside events, emotions, and feelings (trauma, anxiety, loneliness, bereavement, and loss) emerging from these interactions. Relationships mean patterns and Systemic looks at identifying those patterns, understand the reason why those patterns exist and finally seek ways to desired change.

It is not easy to speak with a counsellor about what troubles us, especially if those thoughts and feelings trigger embarrassment or are too private or difficult to share. Other times, what stops us from seeking counselling are feelings of anxiety, fear or stigma which can make us uncertain about speaking with a counsellor.

If that is your case, let me reassure you that my way of working with you will be confidential and collaborative: I create a safe place where you can share and bring light to whatever is troubling you and in this way, reveal your inner resources and co-create new meanings to a more fulfilling life.

My life experience and training enabled me to work in a non-judgmental and intuitive way and alongside the counselling techniques I learned, I can assure you most clients end up feeling relieved and realize that having counselling with me is a safe space to share thoughts and feelings without the fear of being judged and to bring clarity to long conceived ideas and beliefs.

So, do not hesitate in contacting me for an initial free session (30 minutes).

In this session we can talk about your reasons for seeking counselling and what your expectations are if having counselling with me.

You can do that either by ringing or texting my number above or clicking on 'message me'. I will reply as soon as I am available.

You can also visit my website https://www.vitanova-counselling.com/

If we agree in working together, then we can book weekly sessions.

I also offer fortnightly sessions, reliant on availability.

All sessions are currently being conducted online or by phone.

I am a MBACP member and adhere to their ethical framework.

I am also fully insured.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Various training in Safeguarding Adults and Children
  • Online Counselling Training by the Open University

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer both Brief and Long Term Counselling and I am particularly skilled in working with anxiety, depression, survivors of various types of abuse (sexual, emotional, psychological, neglect), addictions, mental health diagnosis in the family, break ups, relocation and work related stress.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


From £38.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

If you are a student, a key worker or if experiencing financial difficulties I am always willing to negotiate depending on your life circumstances.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

My practice is strongly influenced by Narrative and Solution Focused practices.

Narrative believes interactions between individuals are the cause not only of numerous patterns, but also shape the content and style of the narratives that are formed and perpetuated either within couples, friends or even in work environments.

The way we see and experience reality is by creating narratives to help us make sense of our lived experiences.

Solution Focused Therapy is Present and Future Focused, based on goal setting and on solutions rather then on problems.

They are both Strength Based, non-blaming and non pathologizing approaches - the problem is the problem and the client is the expert of his or her life, independent of the problem.

I will treat you with respect and will respect your life's Narratives, and guaranty we will work together to rediscover your Own Voice, your own ways to find solutions and will foster your inner ability to rewrite different Narratives.

North Road
Stoke Gifford
South Gloucestershire
BS34 8PD

Mary Carpenter House
Britannia Road
BS15 8DB

Key details

Sign language
Other languages Portuguese
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Celia De Lima, BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling, MBACP Reg.

Celia De Lima, BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling, MBACP Reg.