Lucia Sarmiento - PGDip, MBACP
Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, offering a safe, non-judgmental, inclusive space in which we can explore what is worrying you to find a way through. I have experience working in a culturally aware manner with a diverse population and I offer counselling in English, Spanish, and French.
My work rests on the belief that every person is valuable, and has the potential to achieve growth and healing with the help of a safe and supportive environment. With this in mind, I strive to provide this holding space for my clients to grow within the therapeutic relationship, always respecting their perspective in order to help them discover their own answers.
Whether you struggle with a specific issue such as depression, or anxiety, or you are feeling uneasy in your current life situation without knowing why; working with a therapist can provide a way to gain insights into the issue. Understanding your life and yourself better can help you know how to bring about the changes you are seeking.
Other than having experience with a diverse set of issues, my path is non-traditional. I was raised in a multi-cultural environment and have lived, studied and worked in four different countries. As a result, I am able to understand many perspectives while offering alternative points of view others might not have considered. I will also honour and respect your social and cultural perspective and value our differences and similarities.
I highly value authenticity in my work, I am passionate about helping my clients discover their authentic selves and learn to love and value themselves. We all have a voice and a story to tell. This journey is also about finding yours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute, one of the leading clinical and academic institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.
In addition, I have trained as a Sophrology and Relaxation Practitioner which gives me the knowledge and experience to work with the embodied experience to help regulate ourselves. Integrating thoughts, emotions and the body can facilitate wellbeing and healing.
I have experience working with clients from a diverse cultural background around issues of trauma, discrimination, abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, low self-esteem, identity issues, among others.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural and Ethnic Identity
£ 30 for the initial session, then £ 45 for each 50min session.
Concessions offered for
I am currently offering sessions in Oxford and online.
If you would like to arrange an initial session with me, please e-mail me or call 07869 949 600.
We may use this first session to explore what has brought you to therapy and as an opportunity for you to decide if you feel comfortable working with me. There is no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy after the initial meeting.