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Aneta Sirociuk
Counselling & Psychotherapy 

MA, MBACP
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Welcome

How 
therapy can help?

 

Therapy can provide you with the opportunity to talk in confidence about difficulties you are experiencing in your life. I will not give you advice or make decisions for you as I believe we all have an inborn ability to find the answers within. My role is to respond with understanding, to help you find out why you feel as you do and to explore what choices are there for you, to make your life more manageable. I will offer some observations  or ask questions that will invite you to look at your problem/ issue from a different perspective.


I would like to help you to understand what might be holding you back, connect with your inner self and find peace regardless of your life circumstances. I believe that psychological well-being does not mean perfection and getting rid of problems but is rooted in awareness and developing tools to cope with life’s challenges.

I work from a trauma informed, integrative perspective and have substantial experience in supporting people who have experienced trauma, particularly sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Together we can explore what coping strategies you have developed to manage your trauma. I will be at your side as you are processing your pain and tell your story. We will also work on developing trust (towards self and others), safety and a healthy sense of control over your life.

Counselling can also be a part of your emotional self-care and a great opportunity to take care of your mental health, similarly to how you would look after your physical health by exercising or healthy eating. You don’t always need to wait until things become overwhelming; you can invest in yourself now and explore your thoughts, feelings and needs in a safe, impartial, non-judgemental space. 

Therapy Sessions
My Approach

I am a relational integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, which means that I draw from various approaches, including Person Centred, Gestalt and Psychodynamic, putting the therapeutic relationship at the centre of my work. As each client is unique, so is the relationship we co-create. I certainly have been changed by my clients and felt touched by their presence and stories. In a world that is influenced by social media, capitalism, and secularism, a true, transpersonal connection is a gift. 

I am aware of the impact of trauma on client’s nervous system and consequently on their everyday life. I keep up to date with recent literature and findings on trauma, including developments of new theories. Working with complex, developmental trauma and PTSD, I am always mindful of client’s safety and the fact that this type of work should be approached gently and at client’s own pace. I believe in the wholeness of each person, in the unity of mind, body and spirit. I therefore incorporate some body work, alongside a cognitive exploration. In my work with survivors of abuse, I use some grounding techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Focusing and Polyvagal theory to facilitate client’s safety in their bodies and re-connecting with the self and others. I pay close attention to how I am being with clients, as opposed to just focusing on what I am doing. One of the modalities I trained in is Gestalt, which I frequently use in form of experiments. At the heart of what I do is investing in the quality of my relationship with clients. As each client is unique, so is the relationship we co-create. I embody person-centred core conditions in every session, staying empathic, affirming of client’s experiences and congruent in what I do and who I am. I help clients make sense of their inner conflicts and experiences so they can develop compassion, self-acceptance and control over their lives. 

I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework and professional standards.  

About Me

I have  experienced first hand in my personal life how transformative therapy can be. The values I am committed to in my clinical practice are also present in my own life, to the point that they have pathed a new way of being, more embodied, congruent and aware.

 

I volunteered at Cotswold Counselling charity in Cirencester for three years and have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life. 

 

My background is in education and social care, including working with children who have special needs and parents who care for a child with disability. In addition to my therapeutic work, my job in social services provided me with some valuable experiences of engaging people from global majority communities. Working with people from various ethnic backgrounds regularly, has enhanced my multicultural competencies. I facilitate culturally sensitive therapy with an understanding of issues related to diversity and identity. I offer therapy sessions in Polish as well as English. 

In addition to my private practice I am also involved with WGN charity in London where I work as a specialist counsellor supporting women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence. 

My Qualifications 

I trained at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and hold a Master's degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In addition to my counselling degree, I hold a Level 4 counselling certificate in Person Centred and Psychodynamic Skills (University of the West of England).

 

I also qualified as a SEN teacher back in Poland in 2006. 

 

I have completed various training courses such as: working with mental health in primary and secondary care, safeguarding clients, EFT,  Focusing, Polyvagal theory, compassionate approach to anxiety, introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS), existential therapy, trauma informed work,

working with substance misuse, working with sexual

abuse, child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

What to expect

Sessions are held either online via Zoom or in person at The Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, 23 Bath Road, Swindon,

SN1 4AS.

I offer a free 30-minute video or phone consultation. During our initial  chat we can get to know each other and you can decide if I am the right therapist for you. You can ask me questions, briefly explain the issue that has led you to seeking therapy as well as any goals that you may have for the future. 

If you decide you want to start therapy with me, we will normally meet weekly, at the same time, for 50 minutes. This will be your space to bring whatever you wish. I look forward to walking alongside you on this journey of greater self-awareness.

All sessions are confidential. This means I will not disclose anything we discuss to anyone else without your permission. There are exceptional circumstances when information disclosed by a client will be passed on to another agency.

Ongoing weekly sessions cost £50.  

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