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Monika Szymanska - MBACP, MSc Psychology, PgDip Counselling

Edinburgh EH7 & Livingston EH54
07879 872445
Edinburgh EH7 & Livingston EH54

About me

I am qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with over 14 years of practice in working with a diverse range of people from a wide range of backgrounds, experiencing a range of various life difficulties.

I truly believe that we are all unique and therefore we are the experts on ourselves. I believe we can all be trusted to find our own way through our problems, anxieties and life crises if we are listened by the therapist empathically, non-judgementally, with person centre approach.

The type of therapy I offer is known as Person-Centred. Person-Centred Approach was founded by Carl Rogers and belongs to the humanistic school of therapy which emphasis personal growth. The personal growth is allowed by one of the important element of my counselling philosophy, which is therapeutic relationship with you (the client) and me (the therapist). In this relationship we are "fellow travellers" meaning that you are an expert of yourself by allowing me to enter your world. As Rogers said and I truly believe that "it is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." - from On Becoming a Person, Rogers, 1961.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Persona which is accredited by BACP and Stirling University. I have qualifications in Counselling and Therapy as well as in Psychology. I am a member of my professional body such as BACP and BPS then so I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychological Society (BPS).

I work with wide range of issues, such as:

•Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, mental, financial), rape, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociation,

•Anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder depression, panic disorder, phobias, bipolar disorder/manic depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm,

•Addictions, alcoholism, gambling,

•Paranoia, delusions, hearing voices, personality disorders, borderline personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia,

•Anger, stress, anger management,

•Bereavement/loss,

•Identity issues, lack of direction/purpose, spirituality.

I specialise in:

•Anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder depression, panic disorder, phobias, bipolar disorder/manic depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm,

•Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, mental, financial), rape, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociation,

•Paranoia, delusions, hearing voices, personality disorders, borderline personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia.

In the past 14 years I have gained specialist experience of working with people who have long-term mental health problems and their family members in a charity and private setting.

I have gained as well specialist experience and knowledge how to work with people who experience domestic abuse and childhood sexual abuse in the past few years through Women's Aid work.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

I operate on a sliding fee scale based on our clients' financial circumstances. Please refer to Fee page on website https://www.healingtherapycentre.co.uk/

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Room 4
Livingston Business Centre
Kirkton Road South
Livingston
EH54 7FA

65 Brunswick Road
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH7 5PD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Polish

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Limited spaces please contact to check availability.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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