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About me

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, racism and discrimination, abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, low self-esteem, identity issues, among others.

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural and Ethnic Identity
Mixed heritage
Identity Issues
Experiences of migration


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

£ 30 for the initial session, then £ 50 for each 50min session.
*Please note that there are no more concessions slots available at present*

Further information

I am currently offering sessions in Carterton, Oxford and online.

If you would like to arrange an initial session with me, please e-mail me.

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.


Marigold Square

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Lucia Sarmiento

Lucia Sarmiento