Notting Hill Counselling Practice

Yolanta Belay. yolanta

I am a fully qualified and flexible psychotherapist and counsellor who holds MA in Psychology and Psychoanalysis. I also completed three years training and qualified with a diploma in psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling. Over the last twenty years, I have worked in various educational institutions in London as well as in my private office at Notting Hill Counselling Practice.

My expertise includes dealing with psychological difficulties which relate to personal sexual/ issues, anxieties, depression, addictions, self-harming, suicidal ideations, trauma, OCD and BPD. I am experienced in working with borderline clients and I use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness to help to manage high emotional vulnerability plus to develop skills needed to regulate emotions.

My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic; using the relationship between myself and the client, looking at the dynamics between us and exploring whether they are informed by early attachments and associations. I pay attention to the client's discourse as it often gives us clues of the underlined issues. I find metaphors and dreams particularly helpful in accessing psychological material that may be blocked by trauma or defence mechanisms.

In summary, I see my job as assisting clients on their journey of developing a better understanding of their limitations as well as finding their strengths, altering their unhelpful ways of relating to themselves as well as to others. While tailoring my approach and techniques to the client's individual needs and circumstances, I always follow the principles of confidentiality, empathy and congruence.

The therapy starts with an initial consultation. This would allow both of us an opportunity to explore the difficulties which have led you to consider engaging in psychotherapy and see how we feel in each other’s company and consider whether we might be able to successfully work together. If you would like to arrange an initial meeting, you can email me at [email protected] or call on 07930 561139. Facetime and Skype sessions available.

I am a member of BACP and I am supervised by their requirements

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