Irina Florea

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Bristol BS1 & Frome BA11
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Therapy for adults of all ages with a focus on strengthening self-confidence and self-esteem, developing healthy and positive habits and behaviours, while addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, burnout, surviving abuse, addictive behaviours, self-harm, relationship and family issues, loss and grief.

I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP - Registered Member).

I offer online (via video calls) and in person weekly sessions at my private practice based in Frome, Somerset.

Every Tuesday, I offer in-person weekly sessions in Bristol. I work in 2 areas: Redcliffe and Montpelier. 

Slots available in Bristol and online, please contact me to discuss availability (updated May 2024). 

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Depending on circumstances, I also offer telephone sessions. 

I offer a safe therapeutic space for LGBTQ+ people and aim to support inclusion and diversity around gender, biological sex diversity and sexuality.

If you found your way to my page, you may be going through a difficult time in your life.

You may be experiencing one or several of the following:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, always tired but in a rush towards the next thing to do
  • Emotional or mental exhaustion as a result of the restlessness
  • Frantic, anxious and easily irritable
  • You have frequent outbursts which you later regret
  • A sense that it's never enough, that you aren't doing enough
  • Snappy, short-fused that leads to difficulties in relationships with others (partner, children, parents, friends, work)
  • Trouble sleeping or resting as your mind is constantly busy (aka "monkey mind")
  • Aware of your self-sabotaging behaviour, but can't find a way to stop
  • You worry a lot about what others think of you, find yourself ruminating over past events or conversations and, as a result of this, you've noticed you don't know how to say "no" and have become a "people-pleaser"
  • You see yourself as a "high achiever" and constantly put considerable effort in everything you do which also leads to stress and burnout
  • You struggle with the imposter syndrome and all its pitfalls: procrastination, fear of making mistakes, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and self-doubt
  • Find it hard to relax, have fun, let go of the never-ending to-do list or stop the worry-mill

If any of the above sound familiar and are interfering with your daily life, therapy can help. You can start today. Book a free online session with me and let's talk about how we can work together in therapy.

What to expect from working with me:

  • 1:1 sessions in a safe, confidential space
  • Short-term counselling or long-term psychotherapy depending on your needs and objectives
  • A professional, but human and friendly approach to our therapy sessions
  • Focus on understanding and uncovering who you truly are, where you come from and how that shaped you and your relationships (exploration of childhood experiences, inner child work and attachment style)
  • Use of easy-to-understand psychological structures and theory to deepen your understanding of yourself (for example Parent - Adult - Child framework) - also known as psychoeducation
  • Clear and accessible digital resources (through a secure platform in the form of My Mental Health Toolbox) that will support our work
  • Tools and techniques so you can develop healthier and more effective coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, difficult emotions, and challenging situations
  • Trauma informed approach to any experiences that may have deeply impacted you in the past or more recently with an emphasis on holding a safe space for you to process unresolved issues, feelings and memories
  • A therapeutic process adapted specifically to your needs and expectations which includes regular reviews (every 6 sessions) of our goals and working therapeutic relationship
  • We work open-ended so that you have all the space and time you need to move towards the change you’re aiming for. Nevertheless, most of my clients have achieved their desired outcomes and meaningful change in 4-6 months of weekly sessions

Therapy can help uncover the authentic, compassionate and confident you

  • Feel more like yourself and live free from the weight of self-doubt
  • Develop a more positive self-image, recognizing your strengths and accepting your weaknesses
  • Express yourself assertively and communicate your needs and boundaries clearly, effectively and respectfully
  • Become more willing to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone
  • Develop resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures
  • Navigate the ups and downs of life, the changes and uncertainty with grace and resilience
  • Become more able to connect with others on a deep level, showing empathy and compassion for others' experiences and feelings
  • Create a more positive outlook on life, focusing on opportunities and possibilities rather than dwelling on negativity or limitations
  • Become more present in the moment and appreciate yourself and your life more
  • Reduce feelings and thoughts around stress and increase feelings of contentment and peace

Testimonials

With clients' permission to share the below, I'm grateful I can share some of the feedback received (you can find more on my website):

"I can’t express how much you have done for me over our time together. I had been in a worrying place for a long time but with your help I have felt more myself again. I was always really impressed with how listened to me talk for quite a long and uninterrupted period, but then summarised the issue perfectly in a way that was a lightbulb for me." 

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"I am so glad I took the leap and looked for counselling, and very grateful that it was with Irina. I was unsure about how well online counselling would work, but I felt at ease, and that we had a good rapport and working relationship. 

The sessions have given me back self confidence, something that has been buried for a long time. I feel more myself than I have in a long time. The sessions helped me understand some stressful relationships in my life a lot better and I learnt how to have clearer emotional boundaries. 

​I am truly grateful for the experience and how much it has helped me, and I would highly recommend Irina's services."

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"I chose to start my sessions with Irina for several reasons: her professional specializations, and empathy, since I felt she would understand me better.

She helped me understand and face a series of quite important events that came together (pandemic, moving to a new country, work overload etc.) and that somehow were blocking me, falling into a kind of burnout or depression.

She also helped me realize that I need to learn to set limits, not be so self-demanding and allow myself a little more, that there are more things in life than work."

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"I had weekly sessions with Irina via video call.  I am very grateful for the safe, close and professional space she has offered me. Irina, with her great empathy, her always appropriate words and her power of synthesis over the reflections I was making, has guided me to this point of wellbeing.
It has been fundamental and great to be able to count on her!"

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained in an integrative way, applying theory and practice from the Client-Centred Model (as developed by Carl Rogers) and integrating other humanistic therapies (Existential, Gestalt,  Psychosynthesis) and Psychodynamic therapy. Furthermore, I have comprehensive knowledge and experience with Bereavement, Loss and Grief through the work I have been doing with the UK largest bereavement charity - Cruse Bereavement Support.

Working with a variety of struggles that follow loss and grief, I turned my attention to other therapeutic models and specialisms - Attachment Theory, Trauma-Informed Care, Transactional Analysis, Internal Family Systems. To support long-lasting results in therapy for my clients, I added elements of Mindfulness and Meditation, with particular attention to integrating breathing and body-based techniques in the therapeutic process. 

I offer counselling in three languages: English, Romanian and Spanish. 

EDUCATION:
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO and NCS)
Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course (NCS)
Currently studying - Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology 

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£55.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

Slots available in Bristol and online, please contact me to discuss availability (updated May 2024). 

Before deciding to commence therapy, I offer an initial assessment session. 

Our initial session lasts 50 minutes during which we can explore what your current struggles are, how we could work together in therapy, answer any questions you may have about therapy or working with me. It is also an opportunity to see if we're a good fit as it's important for you to feel safe and comfortable in our work, and for me to make sure I can offer the right support you need.  

​Initial assessment session - £45 per 50-minute session (online or in-person in Bristol).

​If we decide to work together, rates for subsequent therapy sessions are:

​Frome - £55 per 50-minute session

Bristol - £60 per 50-minute session

Online - £55 per 50-minute session 

​I'm also an affiliate therapist with WPA Health Insurance. If your sessions are covered through workplace benefits, please get in touch with me for more details.

When I work

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Please contact me for further details on my availability as this may change and the schedule on this page may not always be immediately updated. 

Further information

Does Online Therapy Work?

I'm highly experienced in working with clients via video-sessions and have facilitated and seen results in my clients' processes which has led me to recommend online therapy as equally effective as in-person sessions. 

Online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy for various mental health conditions, but also to support you in changing any unhelpful habits or behaviours. Same as in-person therapy, it encourages open and honest dialogue about issues that cause you distress.

  • It's convenient - you can access therapy sessions from anywhere with an internet connection, eliminating the need for travel and allowing for more flexibility.
  • It's accessible - it's a better option for you if you live in rural or remote areas, have limited mobility, or face other barriers to accessing traditional in-person therapy.
  • It's more comfortable - you may feel more comfortable discussing sensitive or personal issues from the comfort of your space, where you feel safe and secure.
  • It's private and confidential - we have sessions via a secure and easy to use video conferencing platform. Also, there is no stress about others seeing you at the appointment (in a waiting room). 
  • Gives you back time spent travelling to and from - You gain time by not worrying about and having to deal with transportation issues, including not spending money on travelling. No commute or traffic concerns with a video session.

  • You have access to other online resources - I will provide with with other digital resources (your private, personal, tailored to your needs Mental Health Toolbox). You have access to these anytime between sessions.

Bristol Talking Therapy Rooms, 3 Redcliffe Parade East, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS1 6SW

Frome, Somerset, BA11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Additional languages

Romanian
Spanish

Online platforms

Google Meet
Skype
Whatsapp

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Irina Florea
Irina Florea