About Vanessa Gajewska
I am a warmly relational, approachable, down to earth integrative Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor who works with individuals and couples wanting to address any number of issues affecting the quality and enjoyment of their lives. As such I use a range of theoretical models and methods to respond to individual needs in a way that is gentle, challenging and creative. My approach draws on: Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Emotion Focussed Therapy, Counselling for Depression, Psycho synthesis, Life Coaching, Communication Coaching, Transactional Analysis and Energy Psychology.
My qualifications include: MSc (Counselling Research), Diploma in Counselling (University of Bristol) a Diploma in Counselling Supervision, as well as Certificates in Workplace Mediation and Life Coaching. My Senior Accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr Accred) and registration with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP) means that my practice is professionally accountable. I am committed to ongoing professional development which keeps me up to date with current trends and research to enhance and support the services I offer.
As a therapist with over 30 years experience I have an extensive background of working within Mental Health in the NHS, Higher Education Wellbeing Services, Occupational Health Departments as well as in my private practice. Consequently I have developed significant knowledge, understanding and skills that can help a wide range of people in a variety of circumstances who are seeking support for the difficulties that they face. These frequently include: low self-esteem, anxiety, stress and panic, the traumatic impact of Sex Addiction on a partner/relationship, depression, PND, feelings of being stuck, confusion and powerlessness, navigating change, abuse, trauma, bereavement, neglect and work-related issues. I am affiliated to a national network of Employee Assistance Programmes and work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework while receiving high quality, regular professional Supervision.
In addition, as a Counselling Supervisor myself, I provide supportive and developmental individual and group Supervision, Mentoring and Training for therapists and Mental Health professionals.