Gorazd Valjavec, MA Integrative counsellor, MBACP
I’m an Integrative Counsellor currently working from home, offering short and long term counselling for anxiety and depression.
I have spent my formative years volunteering for Wandsworth Carers and Westminster Mind as a Honorary Counsellor.
As a counsellor and a client I have come to realise that in order for a therapeutic change to take place one needs to feel understood, accepted in the most difficult of circumstances and genuinely cared for. By experiencing empathy and connectedness the client then finds it easier to start applying these same qualities in relation to themselves and their social circle.
Integrative counselling also brings together person-centred approach with relational psychodynamic understanding where our unique behavioural patterns and ways of relating to our environment gain a wider understanding, this often includes exploration of our past relationships.
The strive for connectedness and meaning can also be expressed creatively, using arts, storytelling and dreams.
There are many ways of working with people to help relieve suffering and psychological pain, therefore I adapt my working style to suit the individual needs and wishes of the client. I nurture a genuine and warm attitude with an empathic, non-judgemental approach where appreciation of client’s cultural context plays an integral part.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Integrative Counselling- London Metropolitan University
Trainee Counsellor at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 10/2010- 6/2012
Wandsworth and Westminister Mind, 9/2016- 1/2019
Private practice 1/2019- Present
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
First session includes an assesment of presenting difficulties and gives us an opportunity to agree on the type and lenght of counselling.
First session free, 40£ thereafter
Length of session is 50 minutes
Low income rates subject to availability