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Gestalt Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist

About me

I am a warm, easy to talk to, and empathic counsellor who takes care to establish a warm and trusting relationship with my clients from day one. I believe everyone’s experience is unique and important, and will provide you with a safe space and a sense of being held and understood, so that you will become increasingly able to explore your difficult feelings and any possible burdens, and finally to make sense of any emotional suffering you are experiencing.

Totally committed to you, my clients, I strive for your growth and empowerment, and to bring about long-lasting improvements to your well-being.

As a Gestalt Counsellor I integrate into my work elements of Mindfulness and breathing techniques to find the ways of regulating anxiety which work best for you. In my practice I draw mainly on Attachment-based approaches and on the latest researches in the field of neuroscience, that means I am able to help you understand yourself from many different perspectives including looking at your patterns of attachment to important people in your past and present life, and what neuroscience and the field of interpersonal neurobiology is able to tell us about how our brains are wired for both survival and relationship.

I support clients in long-term open-ended practice and in short-term time-limited therapy, and have considerable experience helping clients dealing with depression, low mood, sense of loss, family or relationship problems, anxiety, sex, gender and sexuality issues, self-harm, concerns around work and career, self-esteem and self-worth issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Gestalt Counsellor and Psycho-Pedagogic Body Movement Practitioner (a method that gives great importance to the body-somatic experience in order to achieve a greater awareness), a registered member of the BACP and accredited with the CNCP, (National Council for Professional Counsellors).

In addition I have specialist trainings in Attachment and Trauma focused therapy, Interpersonal neurobiology and has recently trained in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) a new psychodynamic approach which recognises how positive transformational moments in therapy can lead to profound change in remarkably short lengths of time.

I have experience in working with the NHS, charities and schools, with clients from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations and I deeply believe in the impact and importance of culture and ethnicity on everyone’s wellbeing.

I run a private practice face to face at The Awareness Centre in Tooting, or on line. 

I work in English and Italian.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual sessions:

up to 45 minutes, 75£

free initial consultation: up to 15 min

First meeting/assessment: 60 min, 100£

Our initial meeting would be an assessment session to determine:

- what brings you to counselling

- once identified the real trigger for you seeking for support

- how it can best be approached and

- for us to decide whether we can work effectively together.

On line therapy (email, chat, skype) from 75£ (up to 45 min)

Home visits: 160£ / 250£ (may vary according to distance) (up to 60 min)

Prior to home visits, we will have from 1 to 3 sessions at my private practice in SW London, unless differently agreed.

Group sessions: please contact me for details.

Further information

I engage in on-going personal and professional development to ensure a high standard of therapeutic support.

I abide by the UKCP and BACP professional codes and am bound by the ethics of these organisations for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The Awareness Centre, 74-80 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7PB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

Additional languages

Italian

Italian

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp

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