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I am Irene, a registered BACP counsellor with a PhD in anthropology and diasporic film studies. My academic and life experiences have allowed me to understand individuals' intrapersonal and interpersonal complexities, and I use this knowledge to help people. I believe each client is unique, and my practice focuses on creating a tailored counselling experience for each individual by creating a non-judgmental space for them to explore and become aware of their experiences and feelings. I position myself as "in" the therapy alongside my client. I try to let the client's pace and rhythm guide the therapy. I offer counselling sessions in English and Italian.

As an individual and relationship counsellor, I specialise in pluralistic counselling, a collaborative, integrative perspective rooted in humanistic-centred values. My expertise in existential counselling and compassionate focus therapy (CFT) allows me to use awareness and compassion to empower individuals. I have completed the foundation course in core process psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute. I am dedicated to providing an inclusive, supportive environment for clients to explore complexities. I am a member of the Institute of Psychedelic Therapy (IPT).

I offer remote counselling sessions by ZOOM. 

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AWARENESS, COMPASSION, INCLUSIVENESS

A NON-JUDGEMENTAL SPACE FOR A MEANINGFUL  EXPLORATION OF COMPLEXITIES

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Consensual non-monogamous relationships

  • Couple counselling

  • Death and non-related death losses

  • Diasporic issues

  • Displacement

  • Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)

  • Grief

  • Hoarding

  • Identity

  • Isolation

  • LGTBQIA+

  • Loneliness

  • Losses

  • Politics

  • Polyamory

  • Unconventional lifestyles

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

My practice provides an inclusive and compassionate approach to helping individuals through emotional complexities. My areas of interest include anxiety, bereavement, death and non-death related losses, identity issues, binary and non-binary genders,  and unconventional lifestyles and sexuality.
I provide a non-judgemental environment where individuals can explore their feelings and experiences. I aim to help people better understand themselves and create a therapeutic space to find their own path and feel empowered.

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

I specialize in existential and pluralistic relationship counselling. I provide a tailored environment for people of all lifestyles and backgrounds. My services include support for those who practice consensual non-monogamous relationships, polyamory, and other unconventional lifestyles (GSRD). I understand the importance of creating an inclusive and empowering space for clients. My approach is empathic and inclusive. I am proud to offer compassionate and non-judgmental counselling to l my clients.

Curriculum Vitae 

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QUALIFICATIONS/ACHIEVEMENTS

 

  • BA Anthropology and Communication, Goldsmiths University of London

  • MA Anthropology of Media, SOAS University of London

  • PhD Anthropology and Film Studies, SOAS University of London

  • Diploma in Couple Counselling, Relationships Scotland

  • Foundation Course in Core Process Psychotherapy, Karuna Institute

  •  MSc in Existential Psychotherapy, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Ongoing

  •  Introduction to Compassionate Focus Therapy, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

  •  Compassion Focus Therapy for Grief, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

  •  Compassionate Focus Therapy for Hoarding, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

  •  Compassionate Focus Therapy Conference, The Compassionate Mind Foundation]

  • Member of the Institute of Psychedelic Therapy (IPT) . 

EXPERIENCE IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY: 

  • Volunteer in a nurturing group for vulnerable children in a local primary school. The groups were led by a psychotherapist and based on group psychotherapy.

  •  Trainee counsellor at an LGBT Edinburgh-based counselling service.

  • Trainee counsellor at Relationships Scotland Argyll and Glasgow.

  • Counsellor in private practice.

  • Trainee psychotherapist at an LGBT Edinburgh-based counselling service. 

  • Trainee psychotherapist for a low counselling service based in London.

 

EXPERIENCE OF PERSONAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

  •  Counselling.

  • Psychotherapy ongoing. 

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"The ultimate goal of therapy ... it's too hard a question. The words come to me like tranquility, like fulfillment, like realizing your potential. Things that Freud used to say; being able to work and to love, that's pretty good summary of it right there. But mainly it's this idea I tried to explain ... you have to develop a separate new therapy for every single patient. So for some patients the goal will be this and for some the goal will be that. For one patient I have now the goal really is for him to be able to discuss some of his vulnerabilities with his wife and then have a real relationship between the two of them". 

"Seven Questions for Irvin Yalom", Psychology Today, Mar. 25, 2009

Fees

Individual counselling : GBP 95 per 50 minutes

Couple counselling : GBP 140 per 50 minutes

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Get in Touch

drimcsoldavini@proton.me

Telephone:+44 7715 02 88 09

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    I am unable to provide a crisis service. If you need urgent help, you will need to contact your GP, crisis helplines (such as NHS Direct on 111, or the Samaritans on 116 123) or Emergency Services on 999.

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