Yiannis Venardis BA (MCOSCA)
I follow an integrated approach combining elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Person Centered and Existential Therapies and Mindfulness. I view my clients' difficulties as windows for self-enquiry, leading to discovery and transformation.
You will be assisted to touch upon the areas of your exploration within a safe, non-judgemental environment, resting upon unconditional respect and compassion. I operate within a non-directive agenda. My clients and I work together towards our agreed goals in a pace and manner that suit their needs. To that end, I will rely greatly on your feedback in our joint effort.
It is my belief that all humans are entitled to make the best of their lives in their own individual ways. As part of this effort you will be be helped to approach the hurts and fears that hold your life back. Gradually, you will become able to focus upon your own gifts and traits to lead you to the fulfillment you deserve. In the course of our sessions you will be tapping into your hidden potential, develop your own unique abilities to follow your dreams and bring them about in your life.
I receive regular supervision and I am a member of COSCA, practicing within its ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
Vocational studies in Psychology
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork
SMART Recovery Facilitator Certificate
Alcohol and Drugs Counselling training (ELCA)
ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills
SACRO Certificate in Mediation Skills
BA in Law
Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict, Social Development and Health
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £35 for initial session and £55 for following sessions.
My sessions last 60 minutes.
I have been working extensively at HMP Edinburgh and in the community with individuals with addictions on a wide area of difficulties including Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, PTSD and OCD, just to name a few of the conditions I have worked with.
I have worked with vulnerable children in Kenya as part of The Muungano Development Gateways and in Greece, with The Medecins Du Monde, offering support to populations affected by forest fires.