Alessia Mitchell Integrative Psychotherapy
High Barnet, EN5

Working together

My way of working is mainly humanistic, which means that I believe the key to a person's healing and development lies in their ability to feel safe and supported in a non-judgemental environment where the psychotherapist empathises with their situation. Moreover, it is the relationship between counsellor and client that offers an opportunity for a unique encounter that is different to all other relationships in a person's life. It can be an environment where someone feels comfortable to be honest, emotional and reflective to seek insight into their situation and what they would like to change. I find it very rewarding to know that working consistently with someone towards their own chosen goals can make a positive impact on their life and help them reach their desired endeavours.

My integrative approach enables me to apply a range of techniques and theories from different modalities, e.g. person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy. This enables me to adapt the way I work to meet people’s individual needs. I find this important, as I appreciate that no two people are the same and everyone benefits from a tailored approach to their counselling sessions, particularly taking into account their background, experiences, as well as religious and cultural influences.

Where possible, and if it seems beneficial for our work together, I like to use resources such as pen and paper, natural stones and other objects to move away from talking and provide some visual input to our sessions. This can be helpful in conveying constructs such as ideas and feelings, which can often be hard to put into words.

I endeavour to work in a engaging way, which involves encouraging the client to be an active part in the counselling process, making choices in what we will work on and providing feedback on our collaborative contributions. Equally, it can be helpful to agree the ending and reflect together on how things have changed.

I can offer face-to-face counselling for individuals in a therapy room off the High Street in Chipping Barnet, close to Hadley Wood, North London. The closest tube station is High Barnet station on the Northern Line. Please see this page for more details of the room and how to get there.

I am trained and experienced in providing remote counselling via Zoom or telephone and am able to offer remote sessions to people who would prefer this mode of contact, as it can be a great way to connect if meeting face-to-face proves difficult.

My background

I have worked as a counsellor at a secondary school as well as a large university in central London. I have also gained experience in working with children and young adults at a charity that offers online and telephone counselling.

With my background in psychology, I have worked in the charity sector for many years, specialising in supporting and providing training to people affected by autism spectrum disorders and Asperger Syndrome as well as chronic illnesses, disabilities and mental health conditions.

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