Slavitsa Mirovic - MA, MSc - Couple & Individual therapy
If you suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, bereavement, abuse or at times you do not feel like yourself I can help you find a “better place”. Together, we can explore challenges in your life; potential changes that you may wish to make, and to reach decisions about your current situation. In our sessions we will aim to enable you to become more confident and aim for a happier and better life. I can help you make positive and informed choices for yourself at difficult times in your life.
It can feel challenging to reach out for help. One of my clients recently said: "I meant to contact you for months. I had your number and your website in my favourites. I just needed to build up the confidence to do so. I am so glad we have started. Just making a call to you made a significant difference for me. I wish I have done it earlier".
Choosing a partner and staying together is not simple. When the relationships begins to fade, our health and happiness often suffers. While for many of us our first instinct is to try and work through problems ourselves, it can be extremely useful to seek outside help. One way forward is certainly couple counselling.
I am experienced integrative therapist, with interest in Anxiety and specialism in Couples Therapy. I integrate affective, systemic, cognitive and physiological therapeutic work with client’s social values. That means that I adapt the therapy to my client and not the client to the therapy.
Following the most recent government guidelines about coronavirus advising social distancing, I am now offering phone and online sessions. Online counselling is a convenient and confidential platform that can enable people to have a safe space to share their concerns and fears from their own home.
With the increasing media coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we know all too well the emotional, financial and physical impact this pandemic is having on all of us. During these challenging times it can feel overwhelming, and you may wonder how you are going to look after yourself in the months ahead. It can be difficult to maintain our mental health and wellbeing when coping with so much uncertainty and turmoil at home and at work.
Whether you're social distancing or self-isolating you may be feeling anxious or stressed during this time, and that's completely normal. There are simple steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Here are some selfcare tips:
- Limit your exposure to social media if you find it is heightening your anxiety
- Make sure you are getting your news from trusted sources, limit it to once a day
- Think self-care: You may find yourself working longer hours or more shifts so take care of your physical health as best you can.
- Stay connected to family and friends by phone, email or video calls
- Be kind to yourself
- Follow a daily structure/routine
- Allow yourself time to relax, rest and sleep
If you are still experiencing new levels of distress, worry or anxiety as a result of what’s happening right now, know that help is available. Please feel free to contact me. Similarly if you know somebody in need of counselling please share this with them.
In addition to counselling sessions, I have recently started to support my clients with 30min guided relaxation via Zoom at 9pm on Fridays. There are lots of ways to relax and reduce anxiety. Some ways are designed to relax our mind and some to relax our body. The mind and body are fundamentally connected; relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body. By relaxing mind and body, we reduce stress and support the body's immune system which is very important for fighting disease and keeping us healthy. I combine mindfulness, guided imaginary, relaxation and light psychotherapeutic insights. This is a gentle connection between therapy and yoga which I have been practicing for over 20 year.
To do these weekly sessions you need a peaceful space to lay down and listen via Zoom. The day and time are chosen to coincide with the end of the week and it is late enough in the evening to help you wind down. After the session you will be ready for a good restful sleep. Payment is by donation between £5-£10. NHS staff and keyworkers are welcome to join for free.
Please let me know if you are interested so I can add you to the Zoom invitation list.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Master’s Degree in Relationship Therapy (Distinction) and full membership with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also attend regular psychotherapy workshops, present papers at conferences and keep up-to-date with the latest research.
Over a number of years I have seen many individuals and couples either in private practice, Relate Centre or through the Employee assistance programme (EAP).
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals: £60/£70 (daytime/evening)
Couples: £80/£90 (daytime/evening)
Full rate unless the appointment is canceled in a week notice. Longer absences need to be agreed in advance with the therapist.
If you have private health insurance, it is quite possible that you can fund many of your counselling sessions through your health insurance policy. I work with a number of medical insurers. Through this route the fees are slightly higher due to additional administration. If you’d like to start the process of funding your therapy through your private health insurance policy, contact me directly and I will be glad to help.
Concessions offered for
If you are new to the UK or if culturally sensitive problems and issues are affecting your life/relationship you might benefit from multi-cultural therapy which I offer to clients.
You can find more information about individual counselling, couple therapy, multiculturalism and workplace counselling by visiting my webpage: http://chestertoncounselling.simplesite.com/