In some moments in our lives, we need professional help when we can’t deal with difficult feelings alone. In these situations, it doesn’t matter if you are not feeling ready to start therapy. The most important thing is to be with someone you feel comfortable enough to express your concerns and feelings with. I am here to work with you no matter what your emotional difficulties may be.
Let me introduce myself: I am Wanderley Santos, a counsellor and psychotherapist working with children, young people and adults. I specialise in working with various emotional issues as well as considering how various elements, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, culture, nationality, disability, religion, age and others can affect a person’s wellbeing.
I am fully qualified and registered as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and at the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) working with children and young people.
I have more than fifteen years’ experience working in the mental health sector. In 2006, I graduated in Psychology and did a master's in Clinical Psychology based in philosophy and schizoanalysis, in my home country, Brazil. After being in the UK for a couple of years, I went on a journey to be requalified. So I did another master’s in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a qualification in Intercultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, both courses at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Also, I did a level 4 certificate in counselling with children and young people at the Place2be.
I am a person who is genuinely interested in relationships. Maybe this is why I came to this field. In my professional capacity, I offer a supportive clinical environment for people to experience being themselves and work on their psychological needs.
I offer a space where my clients can be themselves and talk about whatever issues they are facing so we can work on them together.
I work individually with children, young people and adults.
I offer a long- and short-term therapeutic process.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified as an intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapist from the Tavistock Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I also hold a master’s degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the same institution. I am a trained psychologist with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Brazil.
Since I continued my training in the UK, I have been working to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing within the NHS, the public sector and through other organizations. This has given me a better understanding of individuals’ struggles in life as well as my role in supporting them.
This approach is suitable for:
Suffering from an abusive relationship
Sexuality and sexual identity
Difficulties in making and keeping relationships
Feeling stuck in life
Bereavement or feeling that something in life has been lost
Feelings of emptiness
Low self-confidence and self-sabotage
Experiencing discriminated (race, gender, sexuality, nationality, culture)
Loss of direction
Dealing with trauma: complex trauma, disasters, early childhood, historical, traumatic grief.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I conduct sessions in both English and Portuguese.
£60.00 - session of 50 minutes.