Heart & Soul Counselling
Hello, welcome. Something drove you here, and chances are that it was some kind of struggle that has been long in the making. Sometimes talking things through with someone in a non-judgmental way is just what we need. I can also help you get perspective on your life, explore the difficulties you are facing, and find out what your heart truly desires.
Through this process, it is possible to discover lost pieces of who you are and discover new ones, while discarding those that were not so useful. I will be like a guide who will be there to witness and reflect back who you are and who you can become. I like to call this path a soul journey, as I believe that something deep inside starts to stir trouble in our lives when we live without much meaning or purpose.
How can I help?
I have an integrative approach that takes inspiration from depth and archetypal psychology (Jung, Hillman) with a psychodynamic foundation. This simply means that, on one hand, we will explore your childhood and the experiences that have shaped you, and on the other, the potentiality of what needs to grow and come out of these experiences. We can look at your problems as gateways into your soul, or in other words, the authentic you.
My approach will vary depending on who I am working with and what is happening in their lives. I like to use imagination, creativity, myth, stories and dreams during sessions, as a way of helping move through the rational mind into deeper layers of meaning. But beyond all approaches and techniques I offer an attuned, empathic and holding presence, that will listen attentively not only to what you say, but also to what is not expressed.
I like to give place and voice to those parts of you who are unwelcome in your day to day life. Many times these shadowy bits of ourselves are hard to see on our own, so the work with another non-judgemental perspective can help bring to light the unowned part of ourselves. It is through recognizing and learning to accept this parts that transformation can happen. And many times this will not be a straightforward path. It is a process that needs time and trust, two elements that I hope that we can bring together in our sessions.
My name is Miguel. I am a BACP registered British/Spanish psychotherapeutic counsellor. I was born in Spain, in the Basque Country, and due to my father’s work we moved quite a bit, ending up living in the USA for a few years. In 2001 I moved to the UK and lived here since. This has given me an acute sense of what it is to belong (or not) to a place, and the consequences this has on our wellbeing. During much of my 20s and 30s I battled through depression and addictions until I started my own search of healing and wholeness through different ways like meditation retreats, plant medicine, vision quests and other esoteric and not so esoteric practices. They all provided something valuable, but it was not until I started my own therapy that I really started to understand myself and my situation. Years later, I decided to embark on the path to do the same for others. I studied in Re-vision, achieving the Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling. In addition to my private practice, I also work for the mental health charity MIND.
I offer a free consultation, in order for us to get a sense if we will work well together.
After this, I charge £50 for a whole hour. Currently, there are some concessionary places available.
I offer both long-term (open ended) and short-term counselling.
Sessions will be online or by phone.
You can contact me by phone 020 7193 1956
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org