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The idea of engaging in psychotherapy may feel like a daunting & scary prospect. The impact, however, can have a long lasting & positive impact on the individual, couple or family and their experience of the world.
Whether you are experiencing challenges in your personal life, or there is conflict within the family home, work is causing you undue stress, or you simply feel unhappy, overly irritated, emotionally drained or not feeling like your normal self…talking things through with a trained psychotherapist/counsellor can help guide you to a more grounded and at ease state of mind, providing you with skills to use in your everyday life.
My therapy journey with Elena was transformative and enlightening.
I embarked on this journey grappling with intimacy issues that had deterred me from pursuing relationships. Elena’s approach allowed me to open up about experiences from my past that I hadn’t fully processed before. Elena’s non-judgmental approach was instrumental in this process. I was able to voice my deepest shames and, in the process, often realized they were not as severe as I had initially believed. Even when Elena challenged some of my views, it was done with care and left room for healthy discussion. This helped me gain new perspectives, even on issues where I held strong opinions.
One of the major breakthroughs from my time in therapy was greatly reducing my recreational drug use. I credit this change to the respect I developed for Elena’s viewpoint, encouraging me to give serious thought to perspectives differing from mine. I entered therapy thinking I would benefit more from a structured, scientific approach, but my experience with Elena proved otherwise. Her method was exactly what I needed. It led to a myriad of positive changes – improved relationships, greater self-confidence, and enhanced coping mechanisms. Most importantly, I am now in a healthy, loving romantic relationship that has been going strong for nine months. I wholeheartedly endorse Elena’s service.
I can’t think of any improvements to suggest because the service I received far exceeded my expectations. Elena’s approach has had a profoundly positive impact on my life, and I am immensely grateful. – Joe
I was lucky enough to choose Red Oak Practice as my first experience of therapy, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I felt safe, well-supported and engaged during each session. The therapy felt very tailored towards me as a person, which I really appreciated as it showed Elena’s understanding of me and her skill as a psychotherapist.
Going through this process has left me happier and more satisfied in my life, and I would thoroughly recommend Red Oak Practice to help you on your journey too. – Rajan
I am so grateful to have had Elena’s support and guidance at a particularly vulnerable time in my life. In Elena’s session, you have the space to share any and all thoughts, feelings and anxieties. There is no pressure from Elena, you are free to decide the direction of the session, and Elena knows when it’s helpful to gently prompt or perhaps challenge you to explore your perspectives.
Crucially, Elena is there with you as you sit in the resonance of all that you share and express, creating a genuine sense that you have been heard – not just by Elena, but sometimes for the first time, consciously, by yourself. I went through some big changes during the (almost) year that I was seeing Elena.
In the beginning, I had a tight grasp on certain people/things/areas of my life that I thought offered security, but now realise were often sources of instability for me. Since working with Elena, I have become more open to uncertainty, viewing it more readily as opportunity. When I started therapy with Elena, though feeling fragile, I deep down knew that I am resilient and have strong empathy and compassion towards others. Working with Elena, I simultaneously had this reiterated, while Elena also taught me not to feel defined by these labels – it’s ok not to always feel resilient or empathetic! This helped me to start being able to accept help more easily when it was offered and I needed it, and to actually process negative feelings like anger and hurt caused by others, instead of pushing them down.
I now understand that my own feelings and experiences are just as important as the people around me. I am more willing to be vulnerable and this has improved my friendships and relationships. My self-esteem has been an area of vast improvement, as I feel like I live more authentically to myself, am less willing to compromise myself, feel more grounded in my own opinion of myself and can be less shaken by the opinions of others. I feel more care-free. I know life still has its challenges, but I feel the extremes of these less.
Overall, my positive progress over the last year is now really plain to see, not only to myself but to others. I would highly recommend Elena if you are looking to start or continue your own therapeutic journey. – Judy
Francis of Assisi stated:
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”.
Whether you are male, female, a youngster, adult, older adult, married, partnered, divorced, widow/er, single, LGBTQIA +, employed, unemployed, culturally diverse background, deal with disabilities etc… we all struggle at some point in our lives with varying degrees.
In my work with clients, I strive to provide a safe, nonjudgmental and transformative environment where the client feels attuned to, empathised with and supported. My objective is to assist the client in reaching their goals in a manner which is in line with their needs, and ultimately working collaboratively.
The approach I adopt is eclectic & I tailor how I work according to the clients needs and their presenting problem/s.
My psychotherapy office is located in Clifton Village as well as utilising an office space in Portishead.
I have experience working with:
- LGBTQIA +
Within these groups, some examples of areas covered are:
- Self esteem
- Mood disorders
- Substance abuse
- Relationship issues
- COVID related challenges
- Phase of life (eg. new mothers)
- Parental support
My theoretical background includes:
- Psychodynamic (“Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.” APA.org)
- Strength based
- Solution Focused
- Family Systems
I am a registered BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) member with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology.
Additionally I am a graduate member with The British Psychological Society.
I am an “inactive” California (USA) licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
I have a clear enhanced DBS check.
To schedule an appointment or request further information please contact me:
Phone. 0117 287 0078
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