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*ONLINE & IN-PERSON* Isabel is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist (MSc) and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Experience in working with adults and young people (16+) from various nationalities and cultures presenting a wide range of issues. Works face-to-face in Brighton and Hove as well as online (e.g. Skype, Zoom) and email. Counselling in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Has been living and working in the UK for 30 years.
Grounded in the humanistic approach which focus on the human potential for creativity, love, growth, fulfilment and psychological health, Isabel works with her clients' whole experience and considers the processes of thinking, behaviour, feeling and body awareness equally important.
She assists adults and young people gaining greater insights about themselves, their thoughts, feelings, behaviours, past and present relationships and life experiences. She commits to help them making sense of their circumstances, identifying choices for change and supporting them during the process of change; or simply supporting them on their self-development journey.
Parallel to her private practice Isabel works for a charity organisation in Brighton and Hove; for Cruse Bereavement (she's Cruse accredited) and have also worked for YMCA, As You Are Centre and BHT Threshold.
Isabel brings to her practice a wealth of experience from the educational sector, corporate health care and services and non-profit organisations. She has studied and/or worked in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Gibraltar and has been in the UK for 30 years.
What's humanistic counselling?
For more information about humanistic counselling please refer to https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/humanistic.html
Issues related to adapting to new situations (e.g. expatriates adapting to a new culture and language), cross-cultural relationships, addictions, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, divorce, eating problems, family issues, identity issues, loss, online dating anxiety, relationship issues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sex-related issues, sexual abuse, sexuality, spirituality, work-related issues.
Crisis and trauma counselling (also working with Occupational Health organisations).
Wellbeing Issues related to running own business.
Skype/Zoom and email
Isabel also offers counselling through Skype/Zoom and email (anywhere in the world, except the USA and Canada) which can be helpful to anyone who has mobility difficulties, travel frequently or who just prefers these mediums of communication.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Psychotherapy: University of Brighton
BACP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling: University of Brighton
Online Counselling Certificate: Online Training for Counsellors Ltd
Bereavement and pre-bereavement: Cruse Bereavement Care (Cruse Accredited)
Working with Trauma: Rise Counselling Service
Creative Therapeutic Communication with Children and Young People: YMCA Brighton
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): Grassroots Brighton
Group Supervision Training with Robin Shohet
Future Basing - A Creative Approach to Thinking About the Future: YMCA Dialogue
Therapeutic considerations when working with a child and young person who self harms: YMCA Dialogue
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Safeguarding Children: YMCA Dialogue
Building Secure States of Mind (Attachment Theory): Dr Gwen Adshead, London
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 - £75.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
FREE introductory session
Individual sessions: £40-£65 per session (sliding scale of fees; based on what you feel you can pay)
Couple sessions: £65-75 (based on what you can pay)
Some lower fees for students/concessions may be available
When I work
Weekdays and weekends (flexible hours)