Background and Professional Qualifications
I have been working in corporate businesses as an accountant and financial controller, specializing in investigating corporate fraud and white collar crime. The need to have an understanding of individual underlying issues often leading to presenting destructive behaviours, stresses, confusions and anger, underpinned my decision to train as a therapist.
I am a fully certified and qualified counsellor and psychotherapist in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and a certified and qualified Heart IQ Coach.
I work with awareness of the whole of you, which means any issue you bring will be acknowledged and worked with, and its roots explored. My experience and training includes working creatively with a range of integrative counselling approaches & strategies. My main approach is Humanistic (person-centred), and Psychodynamic facilitating an deeper understanding of how your past presents itself in the here and now. I am able to offer CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) counselling techniques if required.
I have a Master (MA) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy validated by Roehampton University.
My experience includes providing counselling at Woman's Trust, an London-based organisation that is comitted to supporting women who have experienced domestic violence.
I am a member of British Associaton of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice issued by BACP and I am professionally supervised by a qualified supervisor as part of my commitment to ethical practice.
Areas of Specialism:Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, Life-Changes, Low Self-Esteem, Relationships issues, PTSD following childbirth, Spirituality, Stress, Work problems
I speak English, German, and Portuguese, therefore the sessions can be arranged in all languages.
Personal ApproachBeside my intensive academic training the philosophy underpinning my work incorporates techniques & tools from various inspirational and spiritual coaches. The most influential way of working with my clients is inspired by my teacher and mentor Christian Pankhurst, founder of Heart IQ Network. (http://christianpankhurst.com/) Heart IQ offers you the capacity to access deeper levels of joy, intimacy and connection in all areas of your life. It is the art of feeling more alive through the process of accepting all of who you are, as you are right now, without making any part of yourself wrong. The essence being to love yourself, live consciously and understand that you are a creative being responsible for your own life.
"If you are experiencing difficult relationships and seem to have things working against you, it is because you either treat others this way or on some level believe that this kind of treatment is what you deserve. You may be totally unaware of this belief."
What we give out, we get back:
Practicing in diversity-dense-London gives me insights and knowledge of various backgrounds. Despite working with clients from various background and my own experience as an Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist and Heart IQ Coach, I noticed that the need for relationships and being in a relationship is a primary human motivation. In fact, our experience of relationships is central to our inner worlds. I therefore see the relationship between client and therapist as a powerful healing tool in its own right. I tend to work from a humanistic base and depending on the difficulties you want to explore different ways of working include looking at your belief system, taking into consideration family and other significant relationships; particularly from early childhood to see how it influences the way you feel, behave and respond to life events.
I understand that change is not always possible for whatever reason. In this case, I offer my support as I 'walk alongside' you and this may help you to create change within yourself that may make your life easier. You may not know what is wrong it’s just that something is not right, we can look at where these feelings come from and try to find ways to make things better. We can also look at any difficult or painful feelings or situations you may have, discuss them openly and, together, find ways for you to cope with them.