My name is Eleanor, I am a UK qualified psychotherapist and counsellor from London, now working in Florence, Italy.
English is my native language.
I hold an MA and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, awarded by the Minster Centre and Middlesex University in 2008.
I have always been interested in psychology. I am fascinated by the workings of the mind. Just like an iceberg, so much of what we experience through life goes on beneath the surface.
The journey of self-discovery is one of the most fulfilling endeavours I have ever undertaken. It is at once intellectually stimulating (I enjoy the detective work of uncovering unconscious motivations that influence us) and emotionally satisfying.
My training at the Minster Centre was an extensive 5 year course, which covered many modules, including Humanistic/Existential, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, Body Psychotherapy and a lot of experiential work.
During this time I learnt a lot about myself. I learnt about my strengths and importantly, about my limits. I learnt how to protect myself from unhealthy relationships and belief systems I had picked up in childhood. I learnt when and how to trust my intuition. And I learnt when and how to trust others.
It is these qualities, the personal and the theoretical that I aspire to bring to my practice.
As an expat (not for the first time) I am familiar with the feeling of being isolated, or feeling different from the crowd. It is not unusual and there is no reason to feel guilty for how you feel. It is normal to feel sad, stressed, isolated or anxious sometimes, but it can be difficult to work out how to manage these feelings. Seeking guidance at these time can really help you understand why you are feeling this way, and what you can do to feel better.
By exploring whats going on beneath the surface, with care and sensitivity, it is possible to bring confidence and joy back into our lives. Therapy is not about holding back your feelings but rather about finding ways to understand yourself better and learning why you feel the way you do.
Uncomfortable feelings can actually be an important part of personal growth.
I would like to help you turn negative experiences into positive opportunities.