Luiza Duran

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Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Twickenham TW2 & Teddington TW11
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Sometimes life can be challenging and the events thrown at us can make us feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to respond. When these experiences become too stressful and we feel there is no help or no end in sight, we tend to ‘adapt’. Parts of us toughen up, pain is swallowed, thoughts get distorted and we get overwhelmed. Like a domino effect, these affect how we relate to ourselves and our loved ones and, implicitly, the quality of life.

You can stop this painful cycle and start living the life that you want. Find out what “time well spent“ means for you, over time this adds up to a “life well spent“. A life well spent means less regret later.

Research says that being listened to and hearing yourself whilst being listened to can be quite powerful and curative. If you would like to talk, I am here to listen. You can email me without obligation or book a free short introductory call if you prefer.

How I work: I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a special type of environment, a kind of a quiet space that allows you to hear yourself better whilst not alone. Here you can feel and make sense of your feelings, observe your patterns of relating and the underlying meanings and beliefs (or their absence) which give action and purpose to your life. Through my own genuineness, I will aim to create a warm and trusting space, where your true self can emerge and manifest without constraints. This requires a deep mutual commitment and patience with yourself and with the ongoing process of change - one that often requires much work: reflection, pain, courage and sometimes rebirth.

When we look into ourselves with curiosity, kindness and openness, we begin to see areas of the self formerly hidden. You can gain a new understanding of how significant relationships and events shaped who you are and why they did so. New patterns of relating to yourself and others can then emerge, which can move you towards a more meaningful and a more authentic way of living. 

About me: I came to the field of relational therapy by way of trying to figure out what it means to live in this world as a human being. Through my life experiences and relationships, education and clinical training, as well as my own personal therapeutic journey, I’ve cultivated a rich and growing understanding that meaningful human connection is one of the most central elements to wellbeing - an understanding I want to share with others.

I adopt equality, diversity and inclusion as the foundation of my practice and aim to see each individual in their own unique context – including culture, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. I recognise that these areas intersect and form our identity, together with other characteristics, such as relationship and socio-economic status.

Therapy can help improve many uncomfortable symptoms, including anxiety, depression, low mood, low self confidence, relationship issues, difficulties at work, loneliness, emotional numbness, feeling broken, helpless, hopeless or lost. If you would like to find out how I may be able to support you, or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP reg. no. 396970). As a BACP member I am committed to working ethically and to high professional standards.

  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

From volunteering, private practice and my own personal journey, I have experience working with various issues, including:

  • recovering from a major life event such a loss or bereavement, a separation, or a traumatic incident
  • having a difficult relationship with a partner or within a family context
  • going through life transitions, such as parenting or moving away from your original family/culture, and dealing with feelings of lack of belonging and alienation
  • struggling with loss of meaning or lack of purpose and direction in life

I am passionate about my work and committed to continuous professional development to advance my knowledge and skills and I attend regular supervision.

Member organisations

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


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Sessions are weekly and are 50 min long.

I offer an initial FREE 'get to know me' call, this can be by phone or online if preferred. Typically it is a 15-20 min conversation about what you need right now, ask any questions and for us both to sense whether we might be able to work together.

Occasionally I am able to offer limited concessions, please include this in your enquiry, if applicable to you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have availability for face to face sessions in some week days and also Saturdays.

Monday and Friday sessions are usually held in Teddington, with the other days in Twickenham.

Further information

Your first session

Initially we would have a small exchange via email or phone, to check availability and for us to get a feel for whether I am the right counsellor for you and your present concern. 

We would then have a paid in-person session without obligation. I usually charge this at a reduced £40. This would give you an opportunity to see whether I am someone you’d feel comfortable opening up to. Counselling and psychotherapy enables work to be done at a deep reflective level, so it is important that we both feel comfortable working with each other.

During this first session, we will explore your present difficulty and see how counselling can be of help.

If we decide to go ahead with further sessions, then contractual terms such as length of contract (short term or open ended), time and location of sessions, fees and other relevant details will be discussed and agreed on.

Depending on the day of the week, I see clients in Teddington - 3 min from the railway station, and Twickenham - by The Green. 

Twickenham, Greater London, TW2

Teddington, Richmond upon Thames, TW11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Luiza Duran
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