Isabel dos Santos - Counsellor, MBACP (Accred)
Due to COVID-19, I'm offering online (Skype/Zoom) and phone sessions so that people who are isolated can have mental health support.
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 - I worked for several years in the NHS and charities.
I see people with various presentations: anxiety, stress, depression, unresolved childhood issues/trauma, to name a few.
Reasons for having Counselling
You might have reached a crisis point and started questioning everything – who you are and what you want.
You are feeling unsettled and dissatisfied but you do not know why.
You are at a crossroads, unsure of what to do next.
You are trying to come to terms with unexpected events in your personal or professional life and would like to navigate these challenges from an empowering place.
You want to take a deeper look at yourself and your life so that you can live more authentically and not repeat the same mistakes.
What to expect when entering Counselling
When distressed, we lose the capacity to assess accurately our situation and have a sense of direction.
I will teach you simple techniques to feel calmer and more grounded.
We will discuss your main goals and how to achieve them.
There is also the opportunity to look at your life journey and identify patterns that keep repeating but you do not know how to change them.
Challenge deep-seated beliefs that are blocking you from living a more satisfying and meaningful life.
Why Counselling is effective
It can be a life-changing experience to look deeper within yourself, and your situation, while having by your side someone with clinical expertise, and emotional intelligence, to help you uncover your qualities and unique gifts.
Where to find me
I’m based in Worcester. I also provide online (Skype/Zoom) and phone sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a BA Honours in Counselling with a first (1st) from Middlesex University London in 2014.
I'm an EMDR practitioner. I trained with EMDR Association UK.
EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that helps process negative images, emotions, beliefs and body sensations associated with traumatic memories from the past. These can contribute to a range of mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. EMDR is recommended by NICE and the World Health Organisation for the treatment of PTSD.
I have a certificate in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Skills for Depression by IAPT (NHS) West Midlands.
The main focus of IPT is to help clients to learn to link mood with interpersonal events and to recognise that by appropriately addressing interpersonal situations they may improve both their relationships and their symptoms.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays