Alessia Mitchell Integrative Psychotherapy
High Barnet, EN5

Welcome

If you are new to counselling you may be asking yourself: “What exactly is counselling and how can it help me?”

Counselling can be described as a human encounter met with compassion and empathy to help you face the challenges that are uniquely affecting you. It can bring about change in a person's self-concept through increased insight, awareness and the realisation of their potential.

When problems feel overwhelming and become unmanageable, it can be helpful to seek therapy and speak to a counsellor who is objective, empathetic and non-judgemental. Opening up in psychotherapy can help people manage trauma from the past, feeling stuck in current circumstances or worries about the future. By psychotherapist and client working together, it’s possible to find coping strategies that help overcome what is holding someone back and compromising their quality of life.

Essentially, it is a chance to embrace vulnerability and explore your life's direction using an open perspective for inviting change into your life. Questions that we as counsellor and client would be asking together could be: “What are the problems that you are facing at this time? Where is scope for change and how can you achieve it?” It is an opportunity to identify and implement strategies for action that will result in positive and sustainable outcomes for the client.

Timing for engaging in counselling can also be a crucial aspect for some, as they may have lived with certain issues for a very long time before they consider opening up to a counsellor. It's common to have mixed feelings about coming to counselling, perhaps feeling apprehensive, reluctant or a bit anxious about the process. Reluctance or resistance can be a natural response to potentially big changes and we can work together on identifying which would be the best way forward in managing this together.

My counselling approach is integrative and I can offer tailored sessions to help with:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem and Self-awareness
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Stress and burn-out
  • Traumatic events
  • Relationship issues
  • Disability and chronic illness
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome
  • Exploring life stages and making changes
  • Seeking Mindfulness and meditation

    I currently offer psychotherapy online (via Skype or Zoom) and at my private practices in High Barnet, North London. The therapy room is located off the High Street in Chipping Barnet, towards Hadley Wood. In both settings, I strive to provide a safe and supportive environment that allows people to take the time and space to work through issues they may be experiencing and would like to change.

  • Please visit this page for more information about my counselling approach.

    Psychotherapy can be considered a road that two people travel together and they equally navigate with the guidance from one another. In my work as an integrative counsellor, I am continuously looking to explore different aspects of psychotherapy. Especially with my background in psychology and neuroscience, I am curious about how the mind works, how our thoughts and feelings – shaped by our previous experiences – influence our current behaviours. I also like to take into account aspects of the human body and how our brains have evolved to function, particularly to find out more about interpersonal links between human beings and how this extends to the connection between psychotherapist and client in the therapeutic environment.

    Psychotherapist quotes about Psychotherapy:

    “When functioning best, the therapist is so much inside the private world of the other that he or she can clarify not only the meanings of which the client is aware but even those just below the level of awareness. This kind of sensitive, active listening is exceedingly rare in our lives. We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” Carl Rogers


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