Patricia Almohalla Alvarez
I am a registered Counselling Psychologist. The nature of my practice is mainly humanistic although I implement other techniques as well.
Throughout the therapeutic process I apply Gestalt Therapy methodology which enable us to focus on our immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to better understand the way we relate to others. And the techniques that I implement: repair scenes and visualizations, relaxation techniques, narrative techniques, projective techniques (paintings), empty chair, dream work, the Enneagram of personality, etc.
Since I am a psychologist as well I also utilise cognitive behavioural techniques (CBT) included third wave (ACT and Compassion Focused Therapy, CFT). Furthermore I have completed a Mindfulness Course based on Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and subsequently I also implement Mindfulness techniques with my clients. Moreover I am an EMDR therapist, consequently I possess experience in working with trauma.
I am a very compassionate person, supportive and warm who will help you to deal with the difficulties of life.
As I am originally from Spain I offer counselling in Spanish and English. Skype and face to face.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Degree in Psychology, specialising in health psychology and intervention in mental and behavioural disorders
I have post graduate training in a humanistic approach as a Gestalt Therapist. The training involved 710 hours of theory and practice and one year supervision.
I have great experience in private practice and charity sector working with adults, adolescents and couples. I have worked for NHS IAPT services and I currently work with adults complex mental needs (trauma and psychosis) in East London NHS Foundation Trust.
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