Elisabetta Romani UKCP, MBACP
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Are you experiencing feelings of emptiness or a lack of purpose and meaning? Perhaps you struggle to find your voice, or you can't think clearly and compassionately about yourself.
Often individuals seek counselling to address specific problems, but at times they desire to understand themselves better, both in terms of internal processes and in relation to others. You may lead a good enough life, but still feel the desire to change certain aspects which are causing you some distress. In a warm and non-judgemental space I will listen to you very carefully and help you uncover meanings, whilst reflecting on your patterns and choices.
I have worked in a variety of mental health and therapeutic settings, supporting individuals struggling with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, stress, loss and bereavement.
Having lived in different countries prior to settling in the UK 20 years ago, I embrace and deeply respect cultural and individual differences. Open to diversity in all its forms, I hold an anti-discriminatory stance and I am sensitive to issues related to belonging and adjustment.
My special interests include Attachment, Trauma, Intergenerational Therapy, Jungian Dream Analysis, Animal Symbolism, as well as working therapeutically with photographs (my Doctoral Research ) and other artistic mediums clients may bring to therapy.
The initial consultation will give us both a chance to decide whether counselling and psychotherapy are for you and whether we are a good enough fit and can work well together. During this session I will ask you some questions about your background history, presenting issues (what is troubling you) and expectations for therapy. You will also be invited to ask me anything which may help you clarify whether you would feel comfortable with me. If we choose to work together, we will establish the focus of therapy and a treatment plan that will meet your needs. If, however, we agree that you may be better suited to a different therapist, I will do my best to signpost you in the right direction.
From the start we will agree on what you will like to get out of therapy. However, we will be reviewing the work as we move along, offering you the opportunity to reflect on your progress and how we are doing. It is not uncommon for initial goals to change as the therapeutic work evolves over time.
I chose integration because it is my belief that there is no one way of understanding human behaviour and no therapeutic approach that is suitable for everyone and all presenting issues. I integrate different theoretical approaches into a cohesive, relational way of working which involves the ‘self’ of the therapist being present on multiple levels in the work with clients.
My approach assumes the healing potential of an ethical, authentic and mutually impacting therapeutic relationship, the quality of which is crucial. Accordingly, I aim to facilitate the development of a safe and trusting relationship, within which your self-awareness and well-being can significantly improve. As part of the work, I will pay attention to relational dynamics which will get evoked between us and, when appropriate, I may invite you to reflect on them, in order to help you examine and resolve unexplored and problematic patterns. Amongst my interests is attachment theory, which draws links between the nature of our present connections with others and those we had with our caregivers in the past.
At your own pace
At first you may find the prospect of opening up about your private experiences and personal reactions to them daunting. Rest assured that this is absolutely normal and that you will never be forced to share more than you feel comfortable sharing, and certainly not before a degree of trust between us is in place. It may take a few sessions for this to happen and collaboratively we will determine the pace of our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy (Final Stage) - Metanoia Institute
- Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Middlesex University and Metanoia Institute
- Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling -Metanoia Institute
- Certificate of Proficiency - BACP
- Certificate in Clinical Assessment and Evaluation - Metanoia Institute
- Counselling Skills - City, University of London
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology - University of East London, UEL
- BA (Hons) in Comparative Religion - School of Oriental & African Studies, SOAS
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Full Clinical Member
- British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) – Registered Member
- British Psychological Society (BPS) – Graduate Member
- Metanoia Institute
- British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Counselling - In Training Member
I am committed to an ethical practice and my own continuous personal and professional development. I regularly attend supervision, personal therapy, post-graduate training, peer review, as well as seminars, workshops and conferences related to my field. This allows me to keep up to date with new developments and to offer an ethical and reflective practice.
I am fully insured.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial telephone consultation: approximately 15 minutes: FREE of charge
Individual weekly sessions – 50 minutes: £70-£85
I work with the following Health Insurance Providers: AXA PPP, AVIVA, VitalityHealth, Healix Health Services, Aetna Global Benefits
I am qualified, experienced and approachable. My style is interactive.
I work with adults in Ealing (W5) and my practice is convenient for people living near Ealing Broadway, in Hanwell, Greenford, Northholt, Southall and Acton. It is also easy to reach from neighbouring boroughs such as Brent and Hammersmith & Fulham. Please consult the map to see where my practice is located.
I can offer psychological support in English and Italian.