My main theoretical orientation is existential-phenomenological, but I also incorporate psychodynamic and Gestalt elements in my practice.
My role as a psychotherapist is to help the individual clarify and understand their way of living. Moving away from how things “should be”, I work collaboratively with my clients, in order to understand how they relate to themselves and others, as well as important events in their life story.
Once we identify areas where fixed patterns have taken over, restricting one’s choices and possibilities, we then work on enhancing one’s level of awareness in everyday interactions, hence strengthening one’s ability to act differently. Becoming more aware of how we communicate can be achieved in a number of ways, from awareness of our own narrative and worldview to body awareness - e.g. posture, vocal pitch, tightness in stomach or muscles, etc. Cognition, use of language and embodiment are all significant in understanding oneself, as well as one's difficulties.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapist, specialising in existential-integrative therapy.
I have worked in a number of health care settings, providing therapy to a diverse group of clients. I mainly work with relational difficulties, identity issues and trauma work. I am a Lecturer of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology with Regent's University London, teaching & supervising at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I also hold a PhD in Sociology, with a research focus on identity and belonging. Being a migrant myself and working with clients in such a multicultural city as London, filled me with a passion and a challenge to understand the intersections between the personal, the cultural and the political both inside and outside the counselling room.
Maintaining social relations beyond geographical boundaries, as well as finding new forms of belonging in culturally diverse environments, is a big question of our times. Covid-19 challenges furthered the need to maintain socially-distanced relationships, the need for social connectivity. Mental health is usually challenged when a person feels misunderstood, when a person feels they lack emotional and practical support from significant others. Realising what sources of social and emotional support one has, or which ones one needs to develop, is a crucial factor in psychological well-being.
Looking at the intersection between the individual and society, my goal is to contribute to the scientific community to the best of my ability.
Specialties: Existential - integrative psychotherapy, research on skilled migration, teaching & lecturing psychology, psychotherapy, qualitative research methods.