Let me tell you a bit about myself…
I was born (1980) in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where I lived for the first 25 years of my life.
I have lived in the South of England since 2006, in many towns, doing many jobs, since then.
I am now settled in Brighton and HoveThis is where I have started my journey into Counselling Private Practice, after years of volunteering and getting experience, knowledge and honing my skills for doing this amazingly rewarding work!
It is such an honour to be allowed into people’s worlds and be there for the realisations – sometimes good, sometimes not so good – about themselves, their upbringing, their experiences, and see lasting change happen – gradually – so they can continue a happier, healthier life, with a more robust approach to challenges and whatever else life might bring.
I hope this allowed you to get to know me a bit better…do contact me if you want to know more or are looking for a Counsellor, Supervisor, oh! I also teach Spanish and English!
More on my Professional career:
Over 14 years counselling experience in a variety of settings and life issues
Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
B.A in Clinical Psychology and Counselling
PgDip in Therapeutic Psychodynamic Counselling
PG Cert in Clinical Supervision
I have a private practice in Brighton and Hove and Online, working with Spanish and English speaking clients with a wide range of life difficulties.
My approach is psychodynamic at its base, but I adapt my therapeutic approach with each individual client, drawing from previous knowledge in cognitive, gestalt, person centred, and existential theories, as well as drawing from my experience of working with different cultures and different groups, including Asperger, autism, adults and older mental health clients.
I believe building good rapport and a good relationship with my clients will help both of us work together to gain insights and freedom from feelings that might be stuck in the past or left unprocessed or repressed.
Proactive in developing a therapeutic alliance with adults, young people and children in various counselling settings, both with private agencies and NHS placements, as well as gaining experience in open-ended and short-term counselling, and having experience of group and individual supervision. I have acquired over 1,000 hours of clinical practice between my counselling practice in Guatemala, both in private and public settings, and my practice in England.
I have also worked in other posts that have helped me develop good therapeutic alliances with young people as a Child Care Practitioner. This has added to the work experience gained in the voluntary and charity sectors, in Guatemala, as well as in the area of learning disabilities and autism in previous posts, where I have been involved in client assessments and person-centred training to staff and family members of the people under my care.
I am also passionate about teaching, which you can find on my tutoring and languages page. I have experience in supporting students with their Psychology and Counselling/Psychotherapy studies, as well as in teaching Spanish and English in a variety of settings — classroom and one-to-one.