My name is Diego Avila and I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) currently working towards accreditation, and fully uphold their Ethical Framework.
My integrative counselling model uses elements of Psychodynamic as well as Humanistic theory models in order to facilitate the work we do in the therapy room. In addition, I may also use elements from other approaches such as Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis and Jungian symbolism and dream exploration.
My aim is to provide you with a safe and contained space for you to talk, share and explore your feelings, in your own time and at your own pace. Within our therapeutic relationship I will aim to facilitate a space for self-growth and exploring your own personality, how you relate to others and to yourself.
The first session will be an assessment to explore what you feel you need help with and how we can work together. I will ask you to complete a brief questionnaire beforehand, which will give us a clearer picture of your presenting issues.
My areas of focus and expertise include:
General-Lifestyle: low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, fears, general lack of motivation, dissatisfaction with home, work and/or social life.
Relationships: break ups, break downs in communication, inability to establish intimacy, bullying, childhood "life scripts", caring for vulnerable dependants, domestic violence, abuse.
Gender, Sexuality and issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
Grief and Loss: past, present or future bereavement, major life-changing situations
I am available for short, fixed-term work as well as longer, open-ended counselling. In any case, my recommendation is to commit to an initial minimum of 9 (nine) sessions, which is an optimal time to develop our therapeutic relationship and explore your presenting issues to a better extent.
Training, qualifications & experience
During my training I volunteered at Teddington-based charity RUILS, which supports people with physical and cognitive disabilities towards independent living. As part of this placement I predominantly worked with parents and carers of disabled children dealing with elements of anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
I am also a Counselling Tutor at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RAHCC), where I teach Introduction to Counselling and Communications Skills as well as facilitate CPCAB Levels 2 and 3 Counselling Skills courses. In addition, I currently volunteer at the Terrence Higgins Trust as Youth Counsellor, working with young adults (18 to 24 years old).
Another aspect of my business sees me as a qualified Yoga Teacher, a discipline I have been practising for over 20 years and teaching since 2012, and I may bring elements of body movement, breath awareness as well as mindfulness into our sessions, if we both feel they may be of benefit to you.
I am also able to carry out session both in the English and Spanish languages.
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
The counselling session lasts for 50 (fifty) minutes and the cost is £45 per session, payable at the end of the session.
Depending on the type of therapeutic work required, I may request for an advanced, non-refundable payment for a block of sessions. I will discuss this with you on our first session if relevant to your circumstances.