FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A TRAINEE / PSYCHOTHERAPIST IN ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING?
I am in my fourth year of a Diploma and second of a Masters in Humanistic Psychotherapy. I am a year away from fully qualifying as a psychotherapist whilst already fully qualified as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. I am BACP Registered Member MBACP and UKCP registered trainee and abide the BACP Ethical Framework and UKCP Code of Ethics. With over 400 hours of experience, I am supported in my client work by consistent supervision, which means that you are equally held by a more senior colleague.
So, you are in very good hands.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING, COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Coaching is an excellent motivational tool that gives you purpose, keeps you on track and helps you reach your goals. Notwithstanding, what I personally found (hence my logo) is that our life story, as much as it is buried under the ongoing daily life (success and struggles alike) keeps us from flying as high as we want to. A quarrel with a sibling… an absent parent in childhood… a string of toxic partners and friends… an inner judgement that others are doing better than you… the feelings triggered by these real-life situations reveal the need for their further exploration in a safe and holding space, so they are better understood. Figure out how and why they hold you back.
This is where counselling and therapy come in. Between them, wanting to paraphrase the tutor that turned the switch on to my finally embarking on the journey of becoming my lifelong dream said: "Your life is like a house. Counselling opens a room and looks inside, it is the “here and now”. Psychotherapy opens the basement and digs deeper, regresses to the foundation."
I am here for you, whichever journey you choose to embark on.
WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOU PRACTICE IN?
I can hold sessions in English and Romanian. I also speak French and Spanish therefore I can take on a large variety of clients. I have extensive personal experience in dealing with the difficulties of changing countries and building/rebuilding your life in a foreign country.
WHERE ARE YOUR SESSIONS HELD?
My private practice is in Ealing, West London. It is easily accessible by public transport.
However, in these uncertain times when we all need support, I am able to offer session via skype, zoom and, in certain circumstances, walking sessions.
In the future, I am looking into Central London and St. Albans.
WHERE ARE YOUR TESTIMONIALS?
I decided not to have any. Whilst in other professions they support clients in making an informed decision about the "service" they are looking for; I believe that the therapeutic relationship is as unique as testimonials are. The relationship we nurture and build together to support your journey is a reward in itself, a written proof is obsolete. Moreover, their truthfulness may be questioned (for example "too good to be true" or "ah, that's not me" or "must be written by a friend").
IS THERE ANY FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR PRICING?
My hourly rate is £65 for a 50-minute session. I offer concessions for low income clients and students, so do get in touch to discuss.
CAN I BECOME DEPENDENT ON THERAPY?
Some clients who experienced severe trauma or lack of safety in relationships may develop a temporary dependency on the therapeutic relationship. In this process the therapist becomes a secure base to the client by providing the holding space for the client to explore themselves and find their own way of moving forward. The dependency ceases once the client re-establishes healthy boundaries and safety in their lives outside the therapeutic space.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
That would be perfectly ok. Both you and I have equal rights to decide whether we feel this relationship works. Respecting a human being’s personal choice, I can maintain the safe and open space for discussion and exploration, as well as closure. I would be happy to either close the sessions or refer you on to one of my esteemed peers.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Clients report feeling better even after the first session. Talking openly, maybe for the first time, about the issue/s that brought you to therapy can feel overwhelming and yet soothing. There is comfort in being listened to without judgement or expectations. The journey to self-discovery and ultimately self-actualisation however takes some turns, with ups and downs. I will be walking alongside you and we will work together on developing the tools you need to become who you want to be.
No therapist or other health professional can guarantee results or levels of progress. Your journey will depend on: the relationship we build; your commitment, consistency and determination to work through the difficulties that will certainly arise; and my ability to accompany you on your journey towards becoming your best self.