A little more about me
I was born in the North of Portugal and came to live in the UK in 2003 where I trained as a Counsellor. My professional background is in Healthcare and I am very much interested in the impact of mental health in physical health and vice-versa. I decided to become a Counsellor as a result of experiencing for myself how supportive and empowering counselling can be.
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I am a Registered MBACP and abide to their code of ethics and have regular supervision.
My qualifications include:
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
My Training includes:
- Person Centred Therapy with aspects of CBT and TA
- Attachment Workshop with Sir Richard Bowlby
- Attachment Theory and Self-awareness in the Counsellor
- The Freedom to Heal – working with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Working with Diversity and Difference
- Helping Children Tell Their Stories
- Working with Metaphor
- Children’s Emotional Wellbeing
- BACP OCTIA Conference 2014- Working Therapeutically and Safely Online
- Death, Dying, Grief and Loss Seminar
My experience includes:
Worked in GP surgeries and in a high school. Currently working in private practice.
Areas of Work:
- Depression Depression is common and affects people of all ages. Various pressures in everyday life can make people feel depressed. Counselling can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings so that you can identify what contributes to your depression and enable you to make changes in your life.
- Panic Attacks
- Abuse Someone who has been or is being abused can experience a lot of emotional distress. The abuse can be physical, emotional or sexual. It may have happened when you were a child or it may be happening right now. Counselling can offer you a safe space for you to talk about your difficulties and find a way forward.
- Loss Loss does not always mean bereavement. Sometimes you may loose parts of yourself. For instance, due to various circumstances you may have lost your health, a relationship, identity or wealth. Regardless of what we may have lost,. Counselling can help you to grieve for what you no longer have and to find a way to integrate it in your life and move forward.
- Low Self Esteem
- Relationships As human beings we have a strong need for social interaction and relationships. However it is not unusual for us to experience conflict and disagreement within them. The way we resolve those conflicts determines the sustainability of our relationships. Counselling can help to see your relationship in a different perspective and to learn to communicate in a way that both of you feel heard and understood.
- Life Transitions
- Cultural Issues
NB If you have frequent thoughts of suicide contact your GP or your local hospital for immediate help.
When someone has a panic attack experiences intense fear. This can be overwhelming and debilitating. Counselling can help you make sense of what contributes to your fear and enable to you to find tools that will help you deal with the panic.
Anger is often seen as a negative emotion that can lead to unacceptable behaviour. This is why some of us have been told from an early age to repress our anger. However when expressed appropriately anger can turn into a useful resource for change. Therapy can help you to learn ways of expressing your anger appropriately and to use it towards promoting positive change.
All human beings have the need to feel valued by others but when that need means that when individuals constantly seek reassurance and praise from others and are unable to make their own decisions they may be unable to value themselves. Someone with low self-esteem may feel critical of themselves, doubt and dislike themselves. Therapy can help challenge negative beliefs and to have a better relationship with yourself.
We all encounter various transitions in our life. While in school we moved several times until college or perhaps university. Some of us got married others have children, yet others move away from their roots maybe to live and work abroad. Important changes like these can make us feel insecure and inadequate. Counselling offers a safe space where individuals can integrate and accept their losses as well as acknowledge their achievements.
Many people move abroad looking for a better lifestyle. Cultural differences can prevent individuals from integrating in their new country as well as enjoying good relationships with people from a different culture. Because of such barriers immigrants tend to feel safer in their own communities. Whilst this brings a sense of security it may also isolate them from the majority. They may experience fear, loss and feel that they don’t belong. This can be emotionally distressing and talking about how they feel can help to overcome and accept the differences and find a way to cross cultural barriers.