Isabel dos Santos - Counsellor (MBACP)
Entering therapy can feel overwhelming but your concerns will be treated in a sensitive and professional manner. You will be in control of the depth and pace of our work.
I am an experienced Counsellor, working for several years in Primary Care (NHS) and charities.
I work with people with various presentations: depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma, to name a few.
Reasons for having Counselling
You might be trying to come to terms with life changes, including the loss of a loved one; are at a cross roads, trying to figure out what to do next; lost interest in life; or you are confused, trying to understand your feelings and who you are.
It is important that you can navigate through those difficult situations with the appropriate support to help you feel empowered to deal with present and future problems.
I have a Humanistic approach, but my work has evolved over the years by integrating other aspects from different theories and recent research.
What to expect when entering Counselling
When starting therapy, I do a comprehensive assessment, as a way of having a richer picture of you and your world. This can provide some pieces to the puzzle of possible causes for your distress. We also discuss what are the main goals for therapy, which helps to keep our work on track.
Why Counselling is effective
An important principle, which is part of the Person-Centred Approach, is the belief in the person’s inner wisdom. My clinical expertise allows me to gently but effectively guide you into this journey.
Many of my clients report, at the end of therapy, of letting go of ‘old ways of being’ and living more authentically.
Where to find me
I’m based in Worcester. I also provide home visits, phone and Skype sessions.
My interest in human development in areas outside Counselling led me to the creation of the WELL Lab in Worcester.
It’s a space where people gain knowledge and share ideas to help them lead more inspiring lives.
I provide monthly workshops on various subjects: change, decision making… This is a great opportunity to keep me updated with the latest research and have a broader knowledge in other areas, like Neuroscience, Psychology and Sociology.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a BA Honours in Counselling with a first (1ˢ) from Middlesex University London in 2014.
My counselling training focused primarily on Person-Centered and Psychodynamic theories. This enables me to have an integrative approach in my work, tailoring it to the needs of the individual client.
I have experience of working with a wide range of clients and presentations: childhood abuse, domestic violence, addiction, relationship issues, stress, bereavement, loneliness, existential crisis, anxiety, depression, PTSD and complex trauma.
I have a particular interest in developmental trauma - how clients developed coping mechanisms to overcome difficult childhood experiences, including insecure attachments. Those coping mechanisms become obsolete overtime, limiting the client’s experience – the environment has changed; but the client’s perception of the world continues to be negative. This can impact the quality of their interpersonal relationships, and is linked to presentations of depression and anxiety.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
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I charge £40 p/session (50 minutes).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays morning.
Types of client