Irena Biedka-Whitton MBACP Accred - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor & Supervisor
Few things in life are certain and that in itself can be daunting - particularly when you're having, or have had, a challenging time. Fortunately, change is certain and often therapy can act as a catalyst for positive change.
My core interests are: self esteem/confidence and relationships. Who we are, and what we do, not only defines us to others but also to ourselves. Relationships either make the world a happier place, or not.
What kind of counselling and psychotherapy methods do I offer?
For over 10 years, I have been offering clients SKYPE; Zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime or telephone counselling sessions (nationally and internationally), in addition to Face-to-Face. During the pandemic lockdowns and subsequent restrictions, I have been exclusively offering online sessions to clients .
Do you feel that you could benefit from a confidential, non-judgemental, space to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings? Are you having relationship problems; do you want to get in or out of a relationship; or just feel 'stuck'? Is your loss too much to bare and you can't see a way forward? Or, do you feel that low self-esteem or lack of confidence is holding you back?
We are all unique, as are our relationships. On that basis, I endeavour to provide bespoke counselling and psychotherapy, for individuals and couples in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. I also offer clinical supervision to qualified and trainee therapists or those working in caring professions. I am an Integrative-Relational Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with over 10 years experience of working as a therapist and/or as a senior clinician with clients in public and private sector settings, including: EAPs; Motor Insurance; the NHS and Private Medical Insurance
I offer short, or longterm, counselling for individuals and couples - in New Haw/West Byfleet area, Surrey. Online sessions exclusively available during pandemic restrictions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Psychosexual Studies, Tavistock Relationships, 2019
Post Graduate Diploma in Couples Counselling, Relational Change, 2017
Certificate in the Principles of the Theory and Practice in Supervision, 2016
NLP Foundation, 2012
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, 2011
BA Honours Degree (2.1) Integrative-Relational Counselling, Middlesex University/Kingston College, 2010
Telephone Counselling Training, 2010
FdA Integrative-Relational Counselling, 2008
Bereavement Counselling Skills, 2008
Intermediate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills, 2006
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Identity problems
- Skin conditions
- Sleep related issues
Individual counselling - £55 & £60 after 6pm - Duration: 50 mins
Couples counselling - £70 & £75 after 6pm - Duration: 50-60 mins
Reduced rate sessions for counselling students and those on low income (subject to availability)
Concessions offered for
Intermediate knowledge of Polish