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Meet Isabella

Certified Psychotherapist & Counsellor

Additional qualification in Yoga, Breathwork & Meditation

My Practice

I am an integrative practitioner, meaning that I draw from various schools of thought to guide my approach. Including the humanistic, existential, person-centred and psychodynamic modalities. I specialise in working with trauma and everything that comes with that, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, difficulty in relationships, isolation etc. 

Opening up old wounds can feel scary and overwhelming but it's not something you have to face alone. I will hold a supportive and nurturing space for you where we will explore your pain and find a way to help you start living again. Living unconsciously from a place of trauma means you are constantly repeating old patterns and having the same painful experiences. Therapy is a space in which you can become aware of those patterns and break out of them.

The process of therapy will help guide you into a place where you can make choices in your life that serve you and ultimately lead to a more authentic and contented existence.

My practice is based on the philosophy that every person has the capacity to grow and to find meaning in life no matter what they are facing or have been through. 

Just because something feels stuck right now doesn't mean it has to remain that way. The first step towards change is choosing to do something differently. Perhaps seeking therapy is your first step.

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As a trained Yoga, Breathwork, and Meditation teacher, I incorporate practices that either calm or activate the nervous system depending on what the client wants and needs. Calming breathing techniques are particularly useful for trauma and anxiety. Whereas energising breath is useful for stuckness and depression. Whilst these techniques are useful for some, I understand they are not for everyone and they are a completely optional part of the therapy. The choice is yours.

Whilst I specialise in working with trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, relationships, and sexual issues, my experience is not limited to this.

How I work

As a relational therapist, I will use our therapeutic relationship to reflect on how we are relating to one another in the moment. This helps us to understand your patterns of relating to others. Therapy will help you develop new ways of relating to others that are more in line with your authentic self. Setting you free from harmful patterns that you find yourself stuck in. 

My approach to working with trauma is based on modern scientific understanding of the relationship between trauma and the body. By incorporating the body in therapy, we are able to understand how your emotional pain manifests physically. The physical symptoms of trauma can be debilitating and bringing awareness to these feelings can make them feel less scary. My primary motivation is to keep you feeling safe at all times.

Another part of recovering from trauma is to find meaning in what can feel like a meaningless situation. This will involve some exploration around how to live meaningfully despite what you have been through. Trauma can destroy one’s sense of self and meaning in life, and cause feelings of isolation, loneliness, and despair. We will explore how the trauma has affected and continues to affect you. We will also search for a way for you to live meaningfully and with purpose.

How I found myself to be...

Like many therapists, I found myself drawn to the profession as a result of my own challenging life experiences. In therapy, I was able to process and make sense of my life and find a way to live meaningfully.

My lived experience of suffering helps me to empathise deeply with my clients. However, I will never assume to know what you feel as your experience is unique to you. 

Therapy is a gift. One that I have gratefully received for many years and now share with whomever I am able to. It is a privilege to share in another's journey, and to be a witness of the bravery and courage that it takes to show up honestly, and authentically in therapy, and in life.

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