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About me

As a holistic, trauma-informed counsellor and healing guide, I am privileged to work with people from very different walks of life, circumstances and ages.

Some of the most common struggles people come to me with are related to the field of relationships, self-acceptance and self-trust. As someone who has historically experienced a lot of suffering in the realm of both love and family connections (including a painful divorce) and had to go on a deep journey to learn what it means to create loving, authentic, intimate and deeply fulfilling bonds, I love supporting people in this area - including building a loving, warm and supportive relationship with all aspects of oneself. I am also a qualified facilitator of the practices of relational mindfulness and authentic relating and have been running groups and retreats on that subject since 2017.

Another area I have expertise working in is supporting people who are going through major challenges and/or life transitions (for example, a significant loss or change) and are dealing with complex, distressing, confusing feelings, mental states and/or a sense of emotional overwhelm. My experience of working at the hospice has taught me a lot about how difficult, disorienting and lonely it can be to approach those life-shattering transitions on one's own and how important it is to have a space where it can be safe just to be as one is, with all that there is, without having to pretend to have it all together or be managing it well.

I also work with people who don't have a particular problem but want to experience more freedom, pleasure, joy, spaciousness, satisfaction, flow and confidence in their lives.

WHAT IS MY APPROACH LIKE?

My approach is trauma-informed, authentic, organic, relational, deeply respectful and spontaneously creative. Clients have often commented on a sense of safety, agenda-less ease, safety, authenticity, loving warmth, depth and sensitivity they have experienced from me. As a therapist, I believe in the power of playfulness and approaching even the deepest processes in the spirit of kindness, openness, courage and warm curiosity.

I also believe in the power of going slow and gently, with respect to the nervous system and the needs of the sensitive parts of our psyche, as opposed to pushing through and imposing a particular tempo or expectation on the individual's process.

While all spaces I hold are uniquely tailored to each person's needs, all of them are strongly informed by my trust in the wisdom of the person's intuitive being and the body that already has all the answers and keys to healing.

I am very welcoming of all forms of embodied expression, including movement, voice and creative experimentation in the sessions, as well as alternative formats of work, like having sessions outdoors, or photography-assisted therapy. I am also very open to the transpersonal dimension of the therapeutic work and have my own spiritual practice.

From the very beginning of the process, I will invite you to join me in the intention to co-create a gentle healing space, where all parts of your experience can fully feel, expressed, seen, understood and welcome, so that new perspectives, directions, resources and ways of being can emerge.

At the moment, I am offering both online and offline sessions, which I hold at my place in Clapham, London.

Training, qualifications & experience

My primary training is in Gestalt - I started seeing clients in 2018 and formally qualified as a counsellor in 2020.

In 2018, I also completed a bereavement support training for the Royal Trinity Hospice where I volunteered as a counsellor until 2020. In 2021, I also qualified as a body-oriented art therapist.

I am also trained in the relational practices of circling and authentic relating and have been hosting circles and leading groups on embodied connection since 2017.

As a person from a creative background, I struggle with strictly identifying with any one particular approach to therapy. I relate to the person I work with holistically, taking into consideration the dimensions of body, mind, soul and spirit and integrating elements of various approaches I have trained in over the past 5 years: circling, authentic relating, Focusing, NVC, systemic constellations, embodiment, art therapy, somatic therapy, IFS, sensorimotor psychotherapy, among others, depending on what is needed and appropriate.

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

From £70.00 to £150.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

The price depends on the duration of the session - a typical session lasts 75 minutes and costs 85£. I do exceptionally offer one-hour sessions charged at 70£. 


When I work

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Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups

Additional languages

Italian

Russian

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom