Rosa Sefi, BACP Accredited, IPTuk Accredited
Hello, I'm Rosa, a relational therapist with over 15 years experience, including over 7 years experience working online, and am accredited with both the BACP and IPTuk.
Life can feel overwhelming, confusing and downright maddening at times. We can feel lost, ashamed and adrift from others, or compelled to continue destructive or toxic relationships. It can be hard to know how to alleviate our distress or know who to turn to for impartial support.
I can help you make sense of how your early caregiver relationships lay down the blueprint for how you now relate to others, yourself, and the world. Together we can unpack your experiences, explore your patterns, and set goals - if you want to - for any changes you'd like to make.
It can take a great deal of courage to step into therapy, and yet it is the ideal relationship in which to find, understand and accept ourselves.
Within the safety of this confidential relationship you have the opportunity to develop a more coherent narrative of your life and experiment with new ways of both being, and expressing yourself. I will not judge you, but instead meet you with respect, compassion and honesty.
I have particular experience of working with young adults, people who have survived trauma and abuse; as well as those struggling with depression, changes in identity, conflictual relationships, and grief.
Since beginning work as a body therapist (Reflexologist) in 2005, and specialising in supporting hormonal changes occurring during puberty, pregnancy and menopause, I've continued to be drawn towards supporting people therapeutically through periods of transition. My time as a Reflexologist led me into counselling and psychotherapy training, as I came to realise how much people gained from sharing their reflections during treatments. I also draw from my own experiences over the years of sitting in the client chair.
I very much enjoy working for a service and supervising other therapists as part of a clinical team, however I am really glad to be able to continue to run a small private practice, as it is such a privilege to be by peoples' side as a support act during their times of change.
This is a specific 12-16 session course of psychotherapy which is designed to help people overcome an episode of depression. It has a clearly delineated beginning, middle and end phase. During the beginning phase we look in detail at the depression symptoms you are suffering from, at most significant events in the course of your life and we map out your current relationships. We begin to form a sense of who can support you through your recovery of the depression, and how you can further help yourself.
Research tells us that depression comes about as a result of one of four main life experiences, namely a major life change that has been difficult to adapt to (e.g. parenthood, divorce, career, location move); a complicated bereavement; an ongoing conflict with someone; or long term difficulties in relating to others, with it's roots back in insecure attachments in childhood. Collaboratively we decide which focal area is most relevant to you and this then informs the therapy in the middle phase, as we address the interpersonal difficulties you are encountering in relation to this experience, and how they impact on your depression symptoms. We commonly set goals in this work.
We also consider inviting someone close to you to join us in a session in each of the phases, in order to help them understand what you are going through, what you are working on, and how they can help you further in the process.
We then carefully work towards our ending, through taking stock of what we have learnt about you, including your vulnerabilities and strengths in relationships and make plans for how to maintain the greater sense of wellness that you will have worked towards.
Further, follow-up 'maintenance' sessions can be contracted for beyond the IPT course if you would find this helpful.
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 work out if I would be a good match for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for sexual health; abuse recovery; and young peoples' counselling agencies over the course of my working life. I have designed and delivered training on different aspects of mental health within this agency work. I was lead therapist in a children's residential home and am now a Clinical Lead for Kooth and Quell, online counselling services for young people and adults.
My core training was a level 5 Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy, however I soon recognised that some people benefited from a more structured relational approach, and so have since trained and accredited in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which is a NICE approved therapy designed specifically to help people overcome episodes of depression.
I have recently completed training in formally Supervising other therapists in their clinical work.
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, Leeds University, 2001
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
My standard fee £50 - 60 per hour Counselling session.
£60 - 70 per hour Interpersonal Psychotherapy session - a 12-16 session program.
Most often people come once a week; occasionally I am available to offer twice weekly appointments.
As people work towards endings, I am flexible in offering them fortnightly/monthly sessions.
Concessionary rates may be available for students and those on low incomes, please ask.
I am well accustomed to working online, and this is how we must work while we adapt to the restrictions during this pandemic in order to keeping ourselves and each other safe and well.
Maybe you have adapted to using online platforms such as Zoom, and will feel confident in meeting me in this way. If not, I can guide you through the process and help you become comfortable with it. I also offer phone sessions if you prefer.
Once the pandemic has passed, we can transition into sessions face to face, or continue online/with phonecalls, whichever you prefer.