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About me

Hello, and welcome. I'm Simona and I am a Qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Trainee Psychotherapist working with adults (18+).

My experience covers a variety of different issues; Abuse, including domestic, emotional, financial, physical and self. Depression in all its forms, including suicidal ideation and post-natal depression. Bereavement, including loss and grief. Unemployment including redundancy and job search struggles and Anxiety and Stress. I have also helped my clients with Relationship Problems including abusive, confusing and toxic issues and to overcome childhood and adult Trauma.

I specialise in relational therapy within the Humanistic framework which means that I use my innate ability and learnt skills to create a contained safe space for us to work together on building a trusting therapeutic relationship. This facilitates your growth, ultimately reaching the necessary level of clarity to best engage with your life and live it authentically.

Starting your therapeutic journey can be a very daunting experience. Doubts may creep in about:

  • what therapy might involve;
  • pouring your heart out to a stranger;
  • finding the time or energy for sessions;
  • what others might say if they found out you are seeing a therapist; or
  • why you need to talk to someone when others seem fine on their own.

I am here to applaud you for taking the first step and looking on the Counselling Directory for a counsellor that is right for you. This might be one of the most courageous things you have done in your life. Fear and Ego may wish to keep you in the safety of their known territory. It takes guts to lay all your cards on the table, take an honest look at yourself and your life, your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and explore how you might change your situation.

How I work

  • I provide a safe, empathic, holding space to explore your feelings, thoughts and patterns of behaviours;
  • I take you on a journey of exploration: where you've been, where you are at, and where you want to go;
  • I help you discover what might be holding you back from reaching your true potential.

I would love to join you on your journey and support you to develop the tools you need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Please call me on +447940 926900 or send me an email if you have any questions or would like to book a session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training:

Metanoia Institute Year 4 of Diploma / Year 2 of Msc in Humanistic Psychotherapy (will graduate as a fully qualified Psychotherapist in 2022)

Qualification:

PGDip in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Metanoia Institute), MBACP

Experience:

  • May 2018 - May 2019: Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Services (MCPS)
  • June 2019 - present: Ealing Abbey Counselling Services
  • October 2020 - present: CAPE Acton
  • October 2020 - present: Simona Therapy private practice

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience working with:

  • Relocation issues
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Identity
  • Parenting
  • Co-Parenting
  • Difficulty Conceiving
  • Divorce
  • Illness
  • Cancer Journey
  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders incl. Bulimia
  • Self Confidence
  • Abandonment
  • Intimacy.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

I offer an initial 50-minute consultation to get to know each other and get a feel for what brought you to counselling/therapy. If indecisive, we can schedule a further 3 exploratory sessions to see whether therapy and, particularly, therapy with me is the right thing for you.

I offer short- and long-term work as well as open ended. My personal belief is that therapy is not a quick fix as it takes time to build a transformative therapeutic relationship, however certain issues can be dealt with on a shorter term basis.

  • Initial 50-minute consultation: £55
  • Subsequent sessions (50-minute): £65

I have a few slots available for students and low-income clients, please contact me for further information.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I am based in West London (Ealing) however, during the COVID-19 pandemic I offer sessions via Zoom, Skype, Facetime or telephone.

London
Middlesex
W5

London
Greater London
W13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages English, Romanian, French, Spanish

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

I am available Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings.

Please contact me to inquire about available time slots.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Simona Bajenaru PGDip, MBACP - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Adults (18+)

Simona Bajenaru PGDip, MBACP - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Adults (18+)