You or someone you know may encounter challenging, stressful or traumatic life events such as redundancy, financial problems, settling into a new environment, family issues, bereavement, relationship break-ups, serious illnesses, being a victim of violence and extreme situations.If you feel swamped by your emotional and psychological difficulties and you are struggling to understand your problems, I will support you to find the right answers.
My job is to help you look after your emotional wellbeing and I will work together with you to clarify your concerns and challenges and then identify meaningful and lasting changes you would like to make in order to live a more fulfilling life. My job will not stop there as I will also empower you to achieve your goals, to find your own solutions to your difficulties, to develop your own strengths and skills and ultimately, to become your own therapist.
I have a range of qualifications and a wide experience as a counsellor and a psychotherapist and I provide short term or long term therapy/coaching for individuals and couples.
Originally a Romanian national, I was brought up in Bucharest where I was a teacher of English, translator and interpreter before settling in the UK with my English family.
In England, while a volunteer with the Samaritans, I retrained as a counsellor/psychotherapist and I worked both for a counselling agency and in my private practice, having the opportunity to gain a wide range of counselling experience.
The aim of individual counselling is to facilitate change and improve the individual's quality of life, the aim of couple counselling is also to facilitate change by equally supporting both partners to improve the way they communicate and reach their own conclusions about their relationship. There are couples who decide to see a counsellor when they already have deep-rooted issues, but there are other couples who want to see a counsellor for "preventative therapy" which has become a popular option lately for those who wish to make their relationship last.
Whatever your issues or your relationship difficulties are, I will provide the support you require to deal with your problems.
If you are looking for a professional, safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment where you can feel free to explore your emotions, feelings and thoughts, give me a call, send an email or a text message.
I run my private practice in Chichester, in a quiet and pleasant location. Off street parking is available and a bus stop is near by.
Daytime, evening and Saturday appointments are available.
Training, qualifications & experience
Initially trained in humanistic counselling, as an experienced and effective therapist, I use a flexible therapeutic style adjusted to my clients' perceived needs. My style includes strategies, tools and techniques from CBT (I have recently obtained a CBT Diploma from Regent's University London), Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, NLP, Mindfulness and Personal Coaching. I also have a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling that enables me to respond to clients’ needs for getting counselling sessions online.
As a senior counsellor I've worked both with NHS patients and NHS personnel, parents of children with disabilities, young, mature and older adults referred through Employee Assistance Programmes, by GP Surgeries or self-referred and presenting a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties. I am currently employed by a counselling service in Chichester.
Some of the presenting issues I am highly experienced in are:
- post traumatic stress disorder
- feeling anxious and worried
- feeling low and depressed
- anger management
- stress management
- loss of a loved one
- lack of confidence and self-esteem
- eating disorders
- personal development
Relationship issues to help couples with are:
- improve the relationship
- save the relationship
- improve communication
- ways of ending the relationship
- Certificate in Personal Coaching
- Certificate in Mental Health First Aid
- Diploma in CBT at Regent's University London
- Advanced Post Diploma Couple Counselling Certificate
- INLPTA Diploma in NLP Counselling
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling at Chichester University
- Certificate in Counselling Skills at Chichester University
- Assessment of New Clients for Counselling
- CBT Strategies
- Exploring Mindfulness
- Working Confidently with Sexual Issues
- Developing and Strengthening Online Counselling
BA in English Language and Literature
Level 2 OCN Certificate in Foreign Languages
I am a BACP accredited register member and I abide by BACP code of ethics. I have regular supervision, attend courses and workshops for my professional development and I am fully insured.
I am Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.
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
- Cross cultural issues faced by individuals, couples and families after moving to a foreign country
- Adjusting and integrating into English society and life style
- Loneliness and isolation
- Step families
- Survivors of sexual abuse
Concessions offered for
My standard fees are:
£50 for individuals (50 to 60 min session)
£60 for couples (60 min session)
£20 for the initial session with individuals
£50 for a video call session (50 to 60 min)
£20 per email (500 words) communication
I can offer concessions depending on circumstances. Reduced rates for student/trainee counsellors are available.
Fees are payable for sessions missed, cancelled or postponed with less than 48 hours notice.
Day and evening appointments available during the week. Saturday beteween 9 am and 1 pm.
I offer Zoom/ phone therapy sessions as a flexible option for people who can not make appointments.
I also offer email counselling.
Apart from carrying out my work in English, I also offer sessions in Romanian.
"I have found the sessions with Lana very helpful and insightful. I will look at things in a different way from now on. It has been not only supportive, but also informative and educational. I have learned so much about myself and how I can get more in control of my life. Thank you." S.P.
"I have never had counselling before and I didn't think I would ever need it, but life can throw terrible things at us when we least expect it. I had no idea what to do and how to cope with my new life, I felt so confused. Now I can definitely say that counselling saved me, changed me, and showed me that life can be lived in different and more satisfying ways. Thank you Lana for your professionalism and patience." M.S.