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Thank you for visiting my profile. I hope you find it helpful.

There is always a time in our lives, or the lives of our loved ones, when we might feel unhappy, low, anxious, isolated, or depressed. Or we just struggle with what life is throwing at us at any one time. On many occasions, we know what is causing it:  a loss, a bereavement; recent or past events that happened to us, or around us; such as the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought about loss and bereavement for many of us.
At other times, we do not know why we feel low, or even exactly how we feel. We just feel ‘unhappy’. Still, this does not mean that we are ‘faulty’ or that there is something ‘wrong’ with us, even if sometimes we feel this is the case.

Counselling is a talking therapy that can help us to explore and find out what is going on inside ourselves. It helps us to get in touch with our inner selves and find alternatives and resources from within. It certainly did that for me when I started therapy at the age of 16. Therapy completely changed my outlook of life and inspired me to help others in this way when I decided to change my career.

I am originally from Mexico City, having lived in the UK for 25 years. I originally trained as a Civil Engineer and years ago I decided to retrain as a counsellor and embarked on two separate trainings in children and adult counselling. I have experience working with people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, gender and sexual orientations. 

My therapeutic approach is client-led, that is, I regard my clients as the expert of themselves and I work towards providing a warm, accepting environment where my clients feel safe to tell their story. Building a relationship based on trust, empathy, acceptance and non-judgement, which are values at the heart of the person-centred approach, facilitates self-exploration. My practice is also informed by child development theory, neuroscience, art and play therapy. This allows me to tailor my approach to meet the uniqueness of each and every one of my clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

- Child and adult counsellor/therapist registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

- Postgraduate Diploma (Merit) in Counselling Children at School. University of East London.

- BA (Hons) Person-centred Counselling. Metanoia Institute.

- Postgraduate Studies: Mental Health Practice Today (Merit). The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation.

- Postgraduate Studies: Adolescence Development. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation

I have worked at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts counselling students in the acting and stage craft trainings. Currently,  I work as a bereavement counsellor at Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service, an NHS IAPT Service; and at One in Four, with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

As a child counsellor, I have worked in primary and secondary schools with children from the ages of 7 to 18.

I have a private practice in North West London where I see clients face to face. I also work remotely (online and/or telephone) with children and adults. 

I offer counselling in English and Spanish.  

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer time-limited and open-ended therapy that usually takes place once a week at an agreed time and day.  

We can have a 15-minute, phone consultation. If you wish to go ahead, we then arrange a 50-minute initial assessment. This is an exploratory consultation where we decide whether to work together or not. Concessions are available, so please enquire. My fees are £60 for 50 minutes sessions. 

Availability

I work Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays - please get in touch for availability.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Larissa Sanchez

Larissa Sanchez