Gabriela Talavera Counsellor & Psychotherapist (Reg. MBACP)
Covid-19 is having a massive impact in our lives and is changing the way we relate to one another. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the lockdown, are having difficulties with your family members or flatmates do get in touch. Restricted social interaction and unnatural amount of time in the same room, household can put a strain in your relationships. Students are struggling with learning in isolation, lack of social interaction and few opportunities to learn from each other. If you are feeling stressed and anxious by the demands to quickly adapt please get in touch and don't suffer in silence.
Exacerbated anxiety can trigger panic attacks and feelings of dissociation and detachment. I specialise in the treatment of anxiety and depression, depersonalisation disorder and bereavement.
If you recently lost a loved one, it can be specially difficult during the recent pandemic. You may experience intense feelings of anger, sadness and regret. I can provide you with a safe and confidential space where we you can talk freely without fearing being judge.
Some people come to therapy because they want to understand or talk about difficult feelings rooted in their childhood, perhaps attempting to have better relationships with family members, a partner or friends. Central to my work is the quality of the relationship between us, I am often described as a warm, emphatic therapist.
I started my career in social work and I have experience working with people who struggle with addictions, alcohol and drug related, panic attacks and depersonalisation disorder. I have also additional experience and training treating loss and bereavement. I have worked for the charity sector and IAPT NHS. Currently I work part time in health care, mental health with people who have Learning and Disabilities.
My background is in visual arts and I have an MA in this field. Perhaps this is the reason why artists, creative types, young people, students seem to be often amongst the people who come to see me for therapy. I have frequently been told they feel at ease and understood with me.
My professional development has seen me undertake extensive and continuous personal psychotherapy and counselling. One of the benefits of which, is to help me empathise with your experience of coming for therapy.
How do I work
I offer a free 50 min free consultation, which should give you an idea of how I work. The following sessions usually take at place the same day and time that is suitable to you, usually on a weekly basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
I have worked in mental health for over eight years both in private practice and for the NHS. My clinical experience includes providing psychodynamic therapy and mental health assessments for the NHS, private and charity sector.
I have experience working with the LGBT community and people from diverse cultural backgrounds. I am able to provide therapy in both English and Spanish.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are between £60 to £80 per session. I offer a reduce fee for online sessions.
Concessions offered for
Some of the issues I can help you with are:
- Panic Attacks
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Low self-esteem
- low self-confidence
- Feeling sad
- Suicidal thoughts
- Disassociation symptoms
- Attachment disorder
- Personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Family difficulties
- Anger management
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Career counselling
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS FOR ME?
My work always begins with a thorough assessment of the nature of your problem and usually takes one hour. This session should give you an idea of how I work and if I am the right person for you. If you decide to go forward, we can discuss options for a treatment plan, and decide the focus and length of your treatment. Sessions are usually on a weekly basis at the same day and time that you agree.