My name is Akvile Eve Constantinou. I am experienced, BSc qualified integrative counsellor, a member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) and an Accredited Registrant with National Counselling Society (NCS). I am fully insured, DBS checked and practice in accordance to BACP/NCS ethical guidelines.
About me and my practice
I qualified at University of East London with a First Class BSc (Hons) Counselling Degree. My experience includes providing culturally sensitive counselling to BAME communities. I delivered open ended therapy to clients experiencing a range of psychological difficulties, including work related stress, identity crisis, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, emotional/social isolation and suicidal ideation. I also have a keen interest and experience in developing and delivering mental health projects to vulnerable communities.
Currently, I run a private practice and provide online and face to face therapy in East London (IG9), offering counselling in English, Lithuanian and Russian.
Choosing a counsellor can be a daunting process if you do not have previous therapy experience and are not sure what to look for. I offer a free, no obligation, 20 minute consultation to answer any questions you may have, get a feel if I am the right therapist for you and to tell me about you/ what kind of help you are seeking from counselling. Should you then choose to continue; in our first session we will discuss your preferential way of working, explore presenting issues, therapy aims and set initial goals, which will be regularly reviewed and may change as therapy progresses.
My way of working involves building on the therapeutic relationship, trust and a collaborative dialogue with you, in aim to sensitively navigate through the labyrinth of experiences in your life and mind. I facilitate a non-judgmental environment and a confidential space to explore and validate your thoughts, feelings and emotions, while cultivating self-development and transformative growth. I do not suggest the answers to your problems, but can offer an empathic understanding, guidance and support, through the process of therapeutic growth, towards autonomy in making your own decisions.
During the therapy process, you will engage in self-reflection and exploration at your own pace, thereby enabling greater self-awareness to acknowledge and address difficult feelings, unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns that hold you back or keeping you stuck from moving forward. You will recognise the values and personal goals that are in line with your authentic self and will be able to apply these to unlock your full potential.
I work pluralistically, which means that I draw on different approaches and tailor the therapy to suit your individual needs. I believe that you are the expert of your life and encourage you to be an active participant in a decision-making process that shapes your therapy sessions. A collaborative dialogue enables us to identify your preferences and utilise any personal strengths and (cultural) resources you would consider helpful in meeting your aims and goals.
My values are grounded in humanistic perspective of authenticity, honesty, integrity, and freedom of choice in finding your own path.