The reasons to seek help vary from acute unhappiness to a vague sense of dissatisfaction. For some it is a willingness to understand themselves and others better, or to make sense of problematic relationships. Often clients arrive feeling lonely and isolated, unable to cope with trauma, grief and loss.
From an attachment theory perspective, our difficulties are mostly rooted in the way we were treated as children and those experiences need to be carefully explored. I offer a warm, safe and supportive environment in which to unpick those early attachments and childhood events, the effect of which form the blueprint of adult relationships.
The key element for a successful recovery is the relationship we develop over time. The work requires commitment and courage, even humour sometimes, but if you manage to engage in this unique process the results might be enjoyed for the rest of your life.
I believe a painful crisis can be turned into an opportunity for self discovery and growth. The aim is to increase enjoyment of life through better relations to the self and others, to learn strategies to cope with distress and to gain satisfaction from achievements.
I grew up in Spain but I have spent most of my adult life in the UK; as a result I am very interested in the cultural conflicts people bring to therapy, not only in the broader sense of their community and workplace but also within the realms of family life and close relationships.
I work with adults and adolescents in English, Spanish and Italian.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are arranged usually once a week at a regular time. I offer open ended contracts, short and long term. Please call or email me so we can find out if I can provide what you are looking for.
I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their Code of Practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and training
Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy (2016).
Diploma in Counselling (NHS) University of East London (1999).
Extensive professional development including short term counselling, trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement, sexual abuse, safeguarding, transgender issues, sexual health, working with young adults, and termination of pregnancy.
Tavistock Course on the Development of Psychoanalytic Theory.
Psychodynamic Couples Counselling.
I have been qualified for 20 years. Before setting up my private practice I spent over a decade working as a young people counsellor in a sexual health clinic. During the 90s I assisted families affected by HIV in the contexts of support groups and individual counselling post qualification. Before I trained as a therapist I worked as a journalist and bookseller.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 individual counselling (day time) £60 (after 6.30pm)
Please call me if you feel you cannot afford the fees as I have a few daytime low cost slots.
I offer Skype and Zoom sessions.