Dee ( Dijana ) Cowan
My style of counselling is down to earth, warm and supportive. Counselling is about enabling you to take constructive steps in overcoming difficulties in your life, helping you in dealing with difficult emotional issues. Sometimes we may need help with developing and strengthening our emotional resilience, so that we may cope better with situations that are out of our control, such as bereavement, terminal illness, redundancy, inevitable life transitions etc.
I like to get to know my clients by asking questions about why they decided to come for counselling, for them to tell me about the difficulties they face in their life, about their relationships, family, work etc. It is important for me to try and see your life through your eyes as best as possible, so I can support you in the way that is most suited to your specific issues and needs. Whilst I, as the therapist, do not posses the answers, by asking the right (and sometimes tough) questions, by listening and being supportive, I aim to help you find the answers for yourself, ultimately leading to a sense of self-empowerment.
It is usually advisable to have 2-3 initial sessions to establish if you feel that you could work with me and for me to get a feel of whether I could help you. We would then arrange another 3-6 sessions, after which we would talk about your progress again; should further sessions be needed, we would continuously review every few weeks.
I offer short (up to 12 sessions) and long term (over 12 sessions) individual counselling to adults.
I am an integrative counsellor, with experience of providing counselling services within local GP surgeries and two national charities. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, 2012
Counselling Certificate of Higher Education, University of Hertfordshire, 2010
Diploma in Counselling, Central School of Counselling and Therapy, 1998
Private practice 2012-ongoing
The Old Courthouse surgery
Oakwood Medical Centre
Elstree and Borehamwood Children's Centre ( working with adults)
Barnet carers centre
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My practice is situated in High Barnet, some 25 min walk from High Barnet tube station. There is parking available on the drive. The practice can also be reached via 84 bus route from New Barnet station.