About Lurdes Hope
I am a warm and empathic professional offering counselling and psychotherapy to adults of all ages and cultural backgrounds in a non judgemental and confidential setting to enable you to express yourself freely. I have extensive experience counselling for both the NHS and at a top London University.
I also offer short term, goal oriented counselling.
The approach I use in my work is Integrative, which fuses many therapeutic approaches together. In my work I strive to bring together the behavioural, cognitive, physiological and affective systems within you. I will tailor my approach according to your circumstances and needs.
My work combines Humanistic and Psychodynamic theories with a particular incidence on Cognitive, Transpersonal and Transactional Analysis therapies.
I believe in being fully present for my clients and being empathic, genuine and non-judgemental.
Part of my experience has been working creatively with my clients. When talking is difficult this is a good medium to express your feelings and your inner turmoil.
It’s good to talk.
In my sessions you will be able to explore your feelings and issues in depth. I work with you to support you in this and will enable you to make your own choices in an assertive and empowered way.
Counselling is normally shorter term work, up to 6 or 8 sessions. We establish your goals and work towards them.
Psychotherapy is long term and during our work we will explore your inner you, any established patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings and how these may be impacting on you now. We also explore past relationships and any past traumas. The outcome will be a development of your awareness to enable you to make positive changes in your life. As Carl Rogers said:
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
My training, work experience and any achievement
Qualifications and Training:
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (RMBACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (integrative)
Introductory Imago Couple Counselling Course
Introductory Transactional Analysis Course at Metanoia
Short and long term work both in my private practice and in a different range of mental health organisations.
NHS / IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - Short term counselling (up to 12 sessions)
University of Roehampton - Short term counselling (up to six sessions)
Bereft Bereavement Service - Long Term Bereavement counselling
Place2Be / Young Children - Long Term Counselling
Having lived in different countries and moved to Britain in 1993, I am familiar with a range of cultures and recognise where equality and diversity issues arise.
As part of my practice I have ongoing weekly and monthly supervision to maintain good standards. I also commit to my own continual professional development by regularly attending training forums as well as reading relevant literature, research and articles.
Other concerns & issues I deal with
Concerns & issues I deal with
- Alcohol Dependence
- Anger Management
- Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD)
- Avoidant Personality
- Childhood Issues
- Chronic Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (ME)
- Concentration Problems
- Cultural Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Family Problems
- Impulsive Behaviour
- Learning Difficulties
- Low Self Confidence
- Low Self Esteem
- Marriage (Marital Relations)
- Midlife Crisis
- Negative Thoughts
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
- Panic Attacks
- Personal Growth
- Personal Relationships
- Pet Bereavement
- Physical Abuse
- Physical Illness
- Post Natal Depression (PND)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Relationship Problems
- Repetitive Negative Patterns
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Self Determination
- Self Development
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Harassment
- Smoking Addiction
- Social Phobia
- Stress Management
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Unresolved Issues
- Work Stress
- Emotional Abuse
- Counselling: £50.00/session
- Psychotherapy: £50.00/session
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