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. The focus is on understanding how things appear in the present, this without losing touch of one’s past formative years or future aspirations.
Mental health is usually challenged when a person feels misunderstood; when a person feels they lack emotional and practical support. Realising how we make contact with significant others; how we communicate our needs and desires; how we clarify boundaries between self and others, will form a big part of our work together. We will also be working on how to navigate solitude and social connection, cognition and emotions, creativity and reason.
Once we identify areas where fixed patterns have taken over, restricting one’s choices and possibilities, we will then work on raising awareness of these patterns in everyday interactions. Cognition, use of language and embodiment are all significant in understanding oneself, as well as one's difficulties. They all convey conscious and unconscious modes of communication and relate back to our cultural and personal identity.
Becoming more aware of how we communicate can be achieved in a number of ways, from awareness of our own narrative and worldview – e.g. culture, sexuality, value system - to body awareness - e.g. posture, vocal pitch, tightness in stomach or muscles, etc. This in turn can strengthen one’s ability to act and feel differently.
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, life transitions, identity issues and trauma. Since 2009, I am a Lecturer of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology with Regent's University London, teaching & supervising at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have also taught and supervised at Metanoia Institute, Greenwich University and Middlesex University.
I 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. Looking at the intersection between the individual and society, my goal is to contribute to the scientific and psychotherapy community to the best of my ability.