Gianina is an experienced BACP-registered psychotherapist. She sees adults, young people and children for short or long-term psychotherapy. She offers sessions in English or Romanian.

I can help with...

  • Addictions – alcohol, drugs, etc
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Panic attacks
  • Postnatal depression
  • Pregnancy, birth and loss
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Separation and divorce
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic childhood
  • Work-related issues

Types of client I see

  • Individuals
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Older people
  • Corporations
  • Men
  • Women
  • Trainee and qualified clinicians

Languages I speak

  • English
  • Romanian

Location(s)

  • Room 7 at 37–41 Gower street, WC1E 6HH

Types of therapy I offer

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative psychotherapy/counselling
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy

My approach

A warm welcome to my page!

I am therapist who works with adults of all ages, who might experience depression, anxiety, panic attacks, parenting difficulties, relationship problems and many other unwanted thoughts and feelings.

I also work with children and young people and I have specific training for this client group.

Working with adults

I have a special interest in working with parents in learning new skills in managing parenting and the stress and overwhelming feelings that being a parent can bring. I have years of experience in helping parents to get back their happy and enjoyable child.

In my practice, I see many adults who still pay the price of past unhealthy relationships with parents. If you feel that feeling stuck, sad, unhappy, lacking self-esteem and confidence, always trying to please others, always getting into destructive relationships in your life, might be a consequence of relating to your parents or because of adverse childhood experiences, get in touch. I can help!

Working with children

For many young children (4–11 years old), their language is play. Through play, children express their thoughts and feelings, make sense of their inner world and of what’s going on around them, they can learn to integrate, process and move on. I can enable your child to give a voice to powerful, and maybe destructive and unbearable feelings and thoughts. I work with children who experience outbursts of anger at home or at school, bullying, exam anxiety, sadness and low mood. Counselling can help your child to be more confident and resilient, improving on self-worth and self-esteem.

Working with teenagers

When working with teenagers, some of them will engage with art materials like paint or sand, but most of them just want to talk and to be listened to. Being a teenager presents with so many challenges – difficult relationships with parents and peers, exam stress and anxiety, pressure from school and social media, identity crisis. For a young person, therapy can be a safe heaven in a harsh world, where they feel that no one can understand them, and no one is in their corner. For a young person, to have someone in their corner, like a therapist, can make the difference between feeling all alone and overwhelmed by powerful, sometimes destructive, thoughts and feelings, and feeling contained, valued, supported and empowered to grow in a person that’s confident, resilient and brave to challenge himself/herself and the world around.

Therapy can change your life, or the life of your child. Please don’t hesitate to give me a ring and discuss your needs. I am here to help you, just a phone call away. Reach out!

Working together

At the heart of my work, is the relationship I can build with my clients. If we connect, then everything that follows it’s nothing short of extraordinary.

I offer a safe and confidential space where you can explore past and present experiences, thoughts and feelings. Depending on the presenting issues, I can help you to manage better and to cope with whatever adversities come your way.

When there are no words to express your world, I can help you give a voice to those overwhelming and unbearable, painful thoughts and feelings using art interventions.

Therapy can change lives and it’s a joint effort between therapist and client to achieve positive outcomes. Therapy it’s not for the faint hearted, as it takes a lot of courage for one to start making changes, to learn to say no, to start a process of self-acceptance and self-love.

Together we can find a way forward, no matter what struggles you are facing. If you are reading these lines, it might be that you are ready for change. Why wait?

Give me a ring and arrange a first session to see how counselling can help.

Could therapy help you?

Do you feel insecure in relationships, always fearing that people don’t like you or you feel that you don’t deserve to be liked? Do you lack a sense of worth, self- esteem and confidence? Let me help you by exploring together different aspects of yourself, by trying to accept yourself and integrate your experiences in a more positive manner.

Do you feel that being a parent is the most challenging experience in your life? Do you have your child/children’s best interests at heart, but sometimes it feels that whatever you do or say it’s not good enough? Do you feel as you’re failing as a parent? Is your relationship with your partner affected by different parenting styles? Call me and arrange a meeting to see how we can move things forward.

You just had a child, but it feels like a struggle to enjoy motherhood. Do you feel sad or overwhelmed by emotions, tearful and on the edge? You might be experiencing post-natal depression. Call me and let’s work through this together. If the symptoms are too intense and you feel that you or your baby is at immediate risk of serious harm, please call 999, go to the nearest A&E or visit your GP.

Training and qualifications

I trained at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and gained their Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I became a child counsellor after 3 years of extensive training at The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education.

I am committed to continuous professional development and I attend training days and conferences on an ongoing basis to further enhance my skills and to be up to date with the research in the counselling field.

Past experience

In the past I have been involved in delivering open-ended therapy for people who volunteered in prisons, addressing the impact of secondary trauma.

I worked in a GP surgery, offering short-term therapy that was solution focused.

With children I worked in a school environment, working alongside teachers and other professionals to enable children to address their difficulties and to find coping strategies to manage better at home and/or school.

Recently I start working in a community centre with teenagers, where I offer long-term therapy and I work alongside parents to help the young people that I am seeing to make sense of their experiences, to give a voice to what they feel inside, to address stigma around mental health in young people.

Some articles I have written recently include Amazing Amelia and Have you ever been depressed? on the Counselling Directory website.

Professional affiliations

I am registered with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).

I work under the BACP ethical framework and under close clinical supervision. This means that you can be assured that I will always work in your best interests and that my services meet the required expectations for good practice.

I am committed to continuous professional development and I attend training days and conferences on an ongoing basis, to further enhance my skills and to be up to date with the research in the counselling field.

Fees and availability

  • £60 per session
  • face-to-face sessions, or via Skype or telephone

Appointments cancelled at less than 48 hours’ notice are charged for.

If you arrive late for a session we will end at the scheduled time due to other clients’ appointments.

I offer open-ended sessions that continue for as long is necessary to resolve the issues you’re dealing with, but also short-term solution-focused therapy.