Dr Elisa Cunial
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist offering individual and couple therapy, as well as supervision in English, Italian and French. Short or long term. Online only.
I aim to help you approach your concerns with clarity and care, and within a confidential and safe environment. Through a mutually committed and dialogical encounter, I facilitate a process in which you can become, find, open, feel, trust, release, experience, change, relax, see, stop, try, explore, discover, think, dream, be.
I have experience in helping people deal with a variety of issues, including:
- Depression & anxiety
- Trauma, abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Eating disorders
- Chronic or life-threatening illness
- Loss (including abortion & miscarriage)
- Bereavement & the end of life
- Relationships (including separation & divorce)
- Changes (mid-life crisis, life transitions)
- Cross-cultural issues (expats & migrants)
- Work related problems
Therapy is a journey. It is not about labelling or categorising, nor about right or wrong. Rather, it is about understanding, paying attention, discovering values, limitations, assumptions and beliefs within ourselves. It provides an opportunity to explore, to visit or to re-visit in order to see, learn, heal, put into perspective and move on.
As in all journeys, therapy can bring insight and helps shift certain attitudes towards oneself, others and the world around, so that life's situations can be approached with greater confidence, understanding and self-knowledge.
Starting therapy can be initially unsettling, but this feeling often dissipates after a few sessions. For this reason, I generally recommend to commit to therapy for an initial period of at least 6 weeks (after the initial consultation).
I practice from an integrative perspective, which means that I combine different models of therapy. My work is particularly informed by the humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approach, as well as the systemic approach for couple therapy. I also have a keen interest in ancient healing traditions such as shamanism and other forms of holistic healing.
Alongside the verbal exchanges that characterise a standard therapy session, I might suggest to use some specific tools or techniques to enrich and support the therapeutic process. This is always discussed with a client (or couple), and introduced according to individual needs and willingness to explore. Some of the tools I work with are: mindfulness, visualisations and inner journeys, dreams, energetic centres of the body (chakra and meridians), art, role play.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist with The British Psychological Society (BPS), where I am a full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. I am also a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). I am on the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).
I have more than 20 years experience in the fields of education, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy with adults (individuals and couples), children and groups, both in the UK and abroad.
Before being in private practice, I worked as a psychologist in a leading research institution, as a psychotherapist in the NHS and for a number of charities. I have also worked in educational settings as a team leader and as a psychotherapist with adults, children and families from difficult backgrounds involving abuse and neglect.
I have a background in counselling and education with 'differently-able' (rather than disabled!) people. I have extensive experience in working with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in particular with expats and second generation migrants.
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - Regent's University, London
- MSc in Psychology - Geneva University, Switzerland
- BA in clinical and special needs education - Fribourg University, Switzerland
- British Psychological Society accredited supervision training - London
- Energy Psychotherapy Foundation Course - working with trauma and its complexities using the wisdom of the body energy centres - London
- Attachment theory for the understanding of early trauma - London
- Child Protection Skills - London
- Foundation in Bereavement Counselling - Oxford
Registered / Accredited
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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.
Health and Care Professions Council
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer online supervision to students and qualified colleagues.
Concessions offered for
Initial phone assessment and first session:
Individuals: £80 for 15 min phone assessment + 60-70 min session
Couples: £115 for 15 min phone assessment + 60-70 min session
Regular sessions afterwards:
Individuals: £70 for 50 min session
Couples: £105 for 60 min session
Students: £65 for 60 min session
Qualified colleagues: £70 for 60 min session
Tuesday to Friday daytime and evenings - online only
Please note that I have a 48 hours cancellation policy.