Gabriele Panteli MyTherapy, MBACP, PGDip, LLB (Hons), Psychotherapist
I am an experienced (since 2008) individual and relationship therapist and systemic practitioner. You can learn more about the guiding principles of my practice, about how change can happen in therapy and about my approach when you read on. For questions relating to therapy, you are very welcome to call or message me.
What are the principles guiding MyTherapy?
Developing a trusting, warm and reliable therapeutic relationship, which is empathic and authentic, is important to me. You will be listened to without judgment and in the spirit of support. My style of therapy is interactive, and I aim to empower you to build confidence and resilience.
Regardless of your reason for contemplating therapy, the process in therapy is often about questioning stories which we tell ourselves, the narrative about who we are, who we should be or what our relationship should be like. We embark on a journey of uncovering and strengthening other stories about yourself, which can help you to get unstuck and to move forward knowing yourself better and feeling more ownership of your life.
How does Change happen in Therapy?
Change can be achieved in many ways; by
- Identifying what matters to you
- Feeling heard and accepted
- Taking agency of your decisions
- Strengthening the positive and helpful stories about you
- Rediscovering your own resilience
- Practicing different behaviour
- Finding options for breaking unhelpful relationship patterns.
Integrative and Systemic means what?
I am trained as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This means that I do not subscribe to one way of working with my clients. Instead, I am enabled to integrate different modalities into the therapy, depending on what you wish to focus on in therapy, where you want to get to and how you find that you work best.
Although we have lately spent much time isolated from each other, we have also never been more aware of our interconnection. Focusing on this interconnection, on how we impact on each other, is a systemic way of thinking. As a systemic practitioner, my approach to therapy always pays attention to the context of a person as well as to the feelings of a person.
Your context is particular to you; family and upbringing, friendships, aspirations, expectations, the colour of your skin, gender, cultural background, class, sexual orientation. The distinct privileges and disadvantages everyone encounters matter in how we experience life and how our identity, actions and responses are shaped.
In relationships, family and cultural systems often inform people where they feel strongly about the direction in which their relationship should progress and about what they expect from one another. In couples therapy we look at the context and history of each partner’s understanding of what being in a relationship means.
How do I get started?
As with many things in life, the first step into therapy is the most difficult. It is also the start of a new chapter and therapy means that you do not walk this journey alone.
The first session will be an initial consultation. We will discuss what has brought you to therapy and what you hope to achieve. It is the first connection between us and as such might cause you to worry about feeling exposed. I will not ask you to share what you feel uncomfortable talking about; you alone determine what feels right.
Therapy with me can be long-term or shorter, depending on your preference. If you prefer a goal orientated progress, you will be able set your goals and time frame. Should you be more comfortable with processing issues over time and feel pressured by the thought of reaching a goal in a specified time, open-ended therapy may be preferable. This is a very personal choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
- LLB (Hons) Law, Humboldt University Berlin
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
Fees are on a sliding scale and start at £70 for individuals (£60 concessionary rate) and from £80 for couples.
Concessions offered for
Appointments become available frequently, please make contact to enquire. I also operate a waiting list.
I have been practicing since 2008 in London and Brighton, UK. Since 2015 I have offered online therapy. You can feel confident that I will continue to support clients when meeting face to face is not possible. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and comply with the Ethical Framework and the Online and Phone Therapy Competences Framework of the association in my practice.