Rosa Sefi, BACP Accred, IPTuk Accred; BA (hons), Dip Couns, Dip Supervision
** Please note, I am currently fully booked and am now operating a waiting list **
I am relational therapist with over 15 years experience, including over 8 years experience working therapeutically online, and am fully accredited with both the BACP and IPTuk.
The search for a therapist is a hugely personal and individual process. Whether you are looking for support with a particular issue or you are simply feeling a lack of wellbeing in life and relationships, you need to find someone in whom you can build trust. Life brings with it adversity and struggle, and we commonly learn to construct psychological defences around us to protect us from the pain that comes with this. These defences help us survive through difficult times, but if they can also end up blocking us from feeling connection and intimacy with others; being in touch with a sense of purpose, fulfillment or belonging; and can leave us seeing ourselves as somehow faulty or worthless and anxious as a result.
If you are feeling like life is overwhelming you and you are left anxious, panicky, confused, unfathomably angry, or lost in a sense of sadness; if you are feeling adrift from others, or compelled to continue destructive or toxic relationships; if you're finding it hard to alleviate your distress or find meaning and satisfaction in life - then therapy can be a good place to turn. Therapy can provide you with the confidential space to take stock of how you are feeling, how you got to this state of being, and look at where you'd like to head towards next. Together, we can make sense of how your cultural background, life circumstances and early caregiver relationships lay down the blueprint for how you now relate to others, yourself, and the world. We can unpack your experiences, explore your patterns, and set goals - if you want to - for any changes you'd like to make.
The bedrock of my approach is to provide an environment of warmth and safety in which individuals can begin to take risks in expressing their deepest feelings and most troubling thoughts, free from the threat of receiving judgment or criticism. I can offer you an honest yet compassionate presence, and will actively help you make sense of your difficulties.
I have a great deal of experience in working with young adults, people who have survived trauma and abuse; as well as those struggling with anxiety, depression, eating difficulties, changes in identity, conflictual relationships, and grief. I welcome people of all sexual orientations. I have specialist training in supporting people who are questioning their gender identity and/or transitioning.
I work with people at all stages of their therapeutic journey - from those who have not tried therapy before, to those who have but are looking for a different approach, to trainee therapists and as a supervisor to therapists.
I am now offering face to face sessions for those who find it problematic in any way to access appointments online during this pandemic lockdown. These take place from my base in Falmouth. I also offer sessions via the 'zoom' online platform as well as telephone sessions.
I am an Accredited member of BACP and abide by their code of professional conduct and ethics and work within Data protection guidelines. I attend fortnightly supervision as well as regular conferences and further training events.
You can contact me by phone, text or email. I offer a free initial phone consultation during which you can let me know what you're looking for and together we can work out if I would be a good match for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over the past 15 years I have worked for sexual health; abuse recovery; community adult and young peoples' counselling agencies, as well as children's' residential services and an HIV/AIDS charity. I have designed and delivered training on different aspects of mental health within this agency work and held lead therapist, clinical lead and supervisor roles. I recently took the decision to step away from services and focus on my private practice as both therapist and supervisor.
Diploma in Integrative Supervision - Online therapy Institute - Due to complete 2021
Cert IPT Supervision - Anna Freud Centre, 2019
Accreditation in IPT, Anna Freud Centre, 2017
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Essential Skills, APT, 2014
Professional Level 5 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Therapy, Plymouth University, 2012
Diploma in Reflexology, Bayley School of Reflexology, 2005
BA Hons Communications with Linguistics, University of Leeds, 2001
My DBS is kept up to date along with Advanced child protection and Vulnerable adults training certificates.
I have attended recent continuing professional training courses:
Compassion Focused Therapy; LGBTQ+ ; Attachment theory; Trauma (polyvagal theory); Addiction; Self-harm and Suicidal thoughts; CSE (child sexual exploitation); ADHD; Dyslexia; Forced Marriage and honour-based violence
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief and Loss
Communication to address conflict
Monday through to Thursday