Hello - I'm Sylva. I am a qualified and experienced therapist, offering effective therapy for a range of issues in a professional and confidential setting. I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow and learn and that is a principle that underpins my practice.
One to One Therapy:
I work with my clients to support them to discover who they truly are, what is important to them, how to build the future they want for themselves and to let go of difficulties. Building a relationship of trust and honesty is key to this process.
As a Certified Transactional Analyst in Psychotherapy my work is based on Transactional Analysis, which helps us uncover our unconscious beliefs and how they affect us in the "now".
As our therapeutic relationship develops, we jointly begin to understand how you see your life, what you would like to change, and what is getting in the way. Therapy can help you make lasting changes. This is because it offers a safe environment, as well as a new relationship - where you can experiment by interacting in different ways, be kind to yourself and account for your own needs as well as those of others.
As each individual or couple that I see is unique, and my work will reflect you individual needs.
Communication and listening are key skills that are vital to the well-being of any relationship.
Sometimes couples have lost touch with each other and grown apart. It can feel that you are stuck in pattern of arguments that seems impossible to change.
Change is a healthy part of growth in individuals and couples. Meeting in a safe space, learning new skills together and finding new ways of communicating can help couples understand the part they play in their relationship and find new, more positive ways of relating to each other.
Because Transactional Analysis looks at how we communicate with each other and how this relates to the past, it is an extremely effective way of working with couples.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully qualified Counsellor and Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist, with a Masters Degree in TA Psychotherapy from Middlesex University
Transactional Analysis is the theory that underpins my work. It is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Eric Berne and is an easily understood language that helps people to make sense of their own and others' feelings, attitudes and behaviours. It also offers explanations as to how we continue to repeat patterns of behaviour that may be destructive or self-sabotaging. It is a fantastic technique for understanding how human beings work and why they relate to each other in certain ways.
Transactional Analysis looks at how you feel about the past, what you learned from your environment and how you use this in the present in relationships and life in general. By separating out what rightly belongs to the past, it is possible for you to change your future. Using TA, I share effective therapeutic models and tools with clients to clarify thoughts, explore feelings to empower and support change
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
I remain in-touch with ongoing training, research, present and future developments, and counselling literature. I have regular supervision and also attend regular training courses to keep my practice up to date
My qualifications to date include:
MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Certified Transactional Analyst
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate In Coaching Skills
Experience & Professional Membership(s)
I established my private practice in 2011 and worked with a wide variety of clients from 18 to 78 covering issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, redundancy, illness and phobias.
I am a member of UKCP. The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors and I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice containing the professional conduct procedure.
I am also a member of UKATA and EATA.