Isidora Valetti MBACP
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, and my professional focus is working with individuals, couples and families wishing to explore therapy as a tool for healing.
I specialise in restoring balance to those experiencing anxiety, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, relationship and family issues, bereavement, identity issues, and abuse (recent and historic). Multilingual and having lived in many diverse cultures, I work closely with the issues of cultural adjustment and adaptation, as well as issues related to expatriation and immigration
The environment I offer is calm and purposeful, non-judgemental and confidential thereby facilitating the key steps in empowering clients to manage their feelings and emotions and to bring about positive changes. At the centre of my integrative approach is the therapist-client relationship dynamic where I can identify bespoke and workable strategies for you that are drawn from my knowledge of, and experience in, diverse theoretical approaches. I aim to get clients to use their own resources to make sure they are able to find the strength and confidence to work through their own issues and make the changes they want to see in their own lives.
Counselling can help bring clarity where there is confusion, resolve past issues, change behaviours and improve relationships. I work particularly effectively with Couples Counselling, providing you and your partner with a safe and empathic space to assist you in exploring the difficult issues you're facing in your relationship, whatever your age, gender or sexual orientation. This includes individually-tailored sessions, regular relationship maintenance and relationship improvement sessions.
Approximately half of all my therapy sessions are spent counselling teens and younger children. For me this is an extremely rewarding part of my work where fast change can and does happen in issues such as self-harm, bullying, depression and bereavement.
I am also a supervisor, and offer supervision for both trainees and qualified counsellors.
I hold Enhanced DBS Clearance, am fully insured and work in a quiet and private setting in the St Albans area with off-street parking. I usually see clients in my own private practice, but may consider seeing clients in their own home. In addition, I offer Skype online counselling which easily accommodates the client-therapist dynamic.
As per BACP requirements, I attend regular supervision helping me to support my work, as well as undertaking regular Continuous Personal Development training.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
Couples Counselling Training - The Tavistock and Portman Trust
Woman's Oppression and Sexual Violence
Substance Awareness Training
Rape Crisis Training
Impact of Trauma on Mental Health
Substance misuse counsellor for CRI
Solution Focused Brief Therapy training
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
£60 - 50 min session
Couples & Families:
£80 - 1h session
Limited number of reduced-fee sessions for those on benefits or low income e.g. students.
Payments can be made by card, cash or bank transfer.
I offer Skype online counselling - Skype is free and easy to use and can offer you a counselling experience that is very close to traditional face-to-face counselling in that it allows you and I to see and hear one another, as if we were in the same room.