Diana Konczak MBACP(Accredited) Integrative Counsellor
I have over 25 years of experience in therapeutic work , for the past 10 years have worked as a counsellor in a University. I have also worked in the NHS, a 6th Form college and private practice.
I believe the most important thing in my work is to create a space where you feel really heard and where you are free to explore whatever is challenging you, so you can find your own way forward in a supportive, safe & non-judgemental space.
Counselling can be really helpful when we are finding things tough, either for a particular reason (for example, a bereavement or current stressful situation) or just in general - when everything feels too much and we need extra support or feel really stuck. Having the opportunity to talk through what you are experiencing offers you the chance to gain awareness and perspective, which in turn, allows the possibility for more choice. Coming to counselling can also be invaluable in helping you to gain better coping strategies, strengthen your resources and find new ways of dealing with things in your life.
My Integrative training means I can draw from different styles to find a way of working which best suits you. Please do feel free to contact me to find out more about the way I work and whether you would like to book an initial appointment. When you come along for your first session we can discuss what you would like to get out of your sessions and then together decide the best way forward.
The majority of my counselling experience is in short term work (6 - 18 sessions) and I also offer longer term therapy.
I have worked successfully with a diverse range of clients and issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem, bereavement, eating disorders, identity, sexuality and relationship problems.
As well as individual work I am trained in group facilitation and at various times throughout the year I run groups for support on specific themes e.g. anxiety and self- esteem.
I am an experienced supervisor for both students and qualified counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Supervision
Group Facilitation Training.
Diploma in Shiatsu
Before training as a counsellor I worked for 12 years as a Shiatsu Practitioner (a form of body work) through this I became interested in the way our thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect so many areas of our lives – and how we can become stuck in our ways and sometimes need support to change.
Areas of further training.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy
Short Term Solution Focussed therapy
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling (50 minute sessions ) £45 . Some Concessions available .
My overall counselling approach is Humanistic, and I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic work into this and am currently interested in working with Compassion Focused Therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer daytime and evening appointments throughout the week.
Types of client