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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.