Erika Mansnerus, Dip Couns., MBACP
37-41 Gower Street
155A Leighton Road
07729 056 223
How counselling can help
When we experience difficulties in our lives, our deepest longing is to be met by someone who offers empathy, gives their attention and listens to our story. This human relationship is at the heart of how counselling can help. Coming into a relationship with someone who is fully available to our experience, can be transformative.
How I work
What really matters is the therapeutic relationship. This can offer new ways of experiencing feelings and emotions fully, unravelling familiar thought-patterns, or relating to bodily sensations with openness and curiosity, all taking place in a confidential, safe, and supportive environment.
By developing acceptance, compassion, and mindful awareness towards our embodied experience, we can find new ways to inhabit ourselves and live in the world more authentically and fully.
I offer an encouraging space for you to begin your therapeutic journey. My work is guided by empathy, which forms the foundation for us to build a therapeutic relationship. I am open to exploring creative ways of working together and using drawing or writing as part of the therapeutic process, for example.
As an integrative counsellor, I draw resources from all main approaches in psychotherapeutic understanding: attachment theory, humanistic approaches, relational-analytic approaches and body psychotherapy. These therapeutic approaches offer flexibility to attend to your story from different perspectives.
My counselling work is also informed by mindfulness practice that is shown to be effective in developing the skills to live well with chronic pain or stress for example.
What to expect in your first session
I am happy to offer a short free telephone or skype conversation prior to the first session so that we can connect and find out what would be helpful for your situation.
In the first session, we'll explore what brings you to counselling, what kind of expectations or goals you have in mind and are you looking for short-term or open-ended counselling. We will also look at the counselling contract that covers holidays, cancellations, fee etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience in working with adults in long-term counselling services: Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre, Minster Centre Low-Cost Service and Highbury Counselling Centre.
I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, long-term chronic illness, work-related issues, relationship issues, trauma, abuse and neglect, for example. I have a particular interest in working with clients who are looking for ways to learn to cope with ill health or long-term illness.
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre. I am committed to the continuous professional development and had recently further training on working with trauma in a sensitive and person-centred way.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical framework for counselling professions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
My fees are:
Free phone or skype conversation following your first contact with me
£30 for the initial session and assessment
£50 for a normal weekly session of 50 minutes with some low-cost places available for daytime
I am a native Finnish speaker and offer counselling in Finnish.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday afternoons and evenings Wednesday evenings
Types of client