Tania Gadoti Gallindo MBACP registered counsellor
I appreciate that it requires courage to seek therapy and talk to a stranger about your life. Therefore, I offer you a free 15min conversation over the phone or via Skype, without any obligation. Following on this call you may decide to book an initial session with me. I work with individuals from all walks of life, offering short & long term psychotherapeutic counselling. I also offer bilingual therapy in Portuguese.
I offer sessions where you can explore yourself in full confidence. This is an opportunity for you to express any feelings and emotions that have been bottled up, such as anger, low self-esteem, grief, fear and shame and so on. I am a counsellor who uses a holistic approach to therapy, which means I explore the wider context of your life, such as your social, cultural, sexual, and spiritual backgrounds.
I have trained as a psychosynthesis counsellor, and in such a psychotherapeutic approach you are seen beyond the symptoms you bring, which means I don’t pathologise you. Actually, I welcome your symptom as a venue for your growth as a human being.
When you explore your symptoms, inevitably you learn more about yourself, where you are heading, where you really want to go, what are the things that might have to change along the way, and why often you procrastinate and sabotage yourself.
Ways I might work with you
I will listen to you attentively, and not only to your words but your body's gesture, your facial expression, the energy around you, sensations, emotions, and your silences. I will reflect back to you what I see, and in this exchange you learn to reflect on your own experiences, thoughts and feelings.
I will creatively listen to what you have to say and adapt my interventions to create a therapeutic approach that is suitable and effective for you. We are all so diverse, and I honour and welcome your uniqueness, independently of how anxious, depressed, fearful or how low you might feel right now.
I also draw from a variety of techniques such as mindfulness, gestalt, guided meditation, role playing, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), drawing, dream work and guided imagery, which I will use accordingly to your needs and comfort. The use of these techniques will follow a rationale, which means they will be used to help you to gain more clarity around a subject you feel stuck, for example. These creative techniques also bring to light unconscious processes, which you are not aware of.
Together we can explore in depth what is really going on below the surface, such as what are your beliefs about yourself, what were the messages you received growing up from your parents, what role(s) you had to take upon growing up, in order to be accepted by your parents, relatives and your culture. In this investigation about your life, which includes both, symptoms and unconscious processes, you start to understand yourself in a deeper level. This will trigger a release of energies in your body and mind and reconnect you with your soul/essence, which is what makes you unique. Most of us had to abandon our souls calling and wisdom in exchange of belonging to somewhere or being loved by someone.
My job ultimately is to guide you back to yourself, to find you are immensely resourceful, and I can do it in a warm, real and gentle way. I can also challenge you in a compassionate way, if I feel it will contribute to your growth. I aim to help you to get more clarity on the issue(s) you bring, increasing your awareness over your choices, and therefore creating transformation in your life.
For a more extensive list of issues I work with, see the list further below.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor who have trained at PGDip degree (level 7) at the Psychosynthesis Trust, which is a comprehensive training credited by Middlesex University. I have been working for 18 years as a body therapist, mainly using Shiatsu, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and Craniosexual®Therapy (an integrative bodywork I have developed to support women). I have also trained as a coach/facilitator on the subject of women’s sexuality and I have run workshops about it in the UK and abroad.
I have developed an intuitive sense of what is happening to clients via their body movements, including facial expressions and energy. From our facial expressions to our body movements, the things we don't say can still convey volumes of information. Some of the information perceived in this way can lead you to a deeper understanding of your situation.
I am originally from Brazil where I studied drama and dance and worked as a public servant in the court of law of my local town. My experience of living in different cultures has helped me towards a greater sensitivity and understanding of people living in a culture that has a different world view than theirs, and the consequences of it.
- Certificate in Psychosynthesis Foundations
- PGDip Degree in Psychosynthesis Counselling
- Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy
- Awakening Women's Sexuality (coaching)
- Shiatsu Massage (PGDip in Pregnancy and labour)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
SW London Sessions:
Individual Counselling: £55 - 60min
Couples Counselling: £80 - 60min
Central London Sessions:
Individual Counselling: £65 - 50min
Couples Counselling: £95 - 50min
I offer counselling in English and Portuguese.
- Also registered with Therapy Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Portuguese and Spanish.|
Monday to Tuesdays form 10 am to 8:30pm
Types of client