Maria Isabel Monteiro - English, Portuguese and Spanish
Isabel is a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Experience in working with adults and young people from various nationalities and cultures presenting a wide range of issues. Works face-to-face indoors and outdoors (ecotherapy) in Brighton and Hove, as well as online (e.g. Skype) and email. Counselling in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Living and working in the UK for over 25 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, feeling and behaviour 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 YMCA Dialogue at local schools and at their service centres in Brighton and Hove; for Cruse Bereavement (she's Cruse accredited) and have also worked for As You Are Centre and BHT Threshold.
Isabel brings to her practice a wealth of experience from the educational sector, corporate busines and services and healthcare industries, having lived, studied and/or worked in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Gibraltar and currently in the UK.
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/VSee and email
Isabel also offers counselling through Skype/VSee 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 at the University of Brighton (ongoing)
BACP Accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling: University of Brighton
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
Online Counselling Certificate - Online Training for Counsellors Ltd
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
FREE introductory session
£38-£55 per session (sliding scale of fees; based on what you feel you can pay)
Some lower fees for students/concessions may be available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Portuguese and Spanish|
Weekdays and weekends (flexible hours)
Types of client