Hi, I’m Ciala, I am an integrative counsellor and therapist.
My approach to my work is grounded in empathy, authenticity, openness and compassion.
My aim is to help individuals become more and more free to be themselves and to lead more fulfilling and authentic lives.
Whatever brings you to therapy, through working with me, I strive to help you feel empowered, to feel more connected to yourself and to others, to thrive in your relationships, to experience healing and growth, to find purpose and meaning and to cultivate real and lasting change.
Along the way, you might be confronted with your wounds, the parts that feel vulnerable, that you have turned away from or not dared to know. The process of therapy is also about learning to reclaim and embrace all the parts of ourselves and ultimately to become more whole.
Integrative Counselling & Therapy with Ciala
People come to therapy for all kinds of reasons. Often when our usual ways of coping aren’t working so well anymore, or maybe something has happened such as a relationship breakdown, or upsetting health or job news has prompted us to get help. Sometimes our feelings and thoughts can become really overwhelming. It can be difficult to sort through and find a way forward alone.
As an integrative counsellor and therapist, I recognise that no single therapeutic approach is right for everyone. As I am trained in many of the major modalities, it means I can draw on a range of different theories about the human condition and tailor the therapy to you and your needs.
My style is quite humanistic and holistic, in that I aim to meet you where you are and support you as a whole person. For example, in sessions we will attend to both mind and body through mindfulness, as our bodies often hold the truth about any unresolved traumas, experiences and emotions.
I believe the relationship between therapist and client is of central importance to the process of therapy. It is a big part of what is healing. It is also a big part of what fosters growth. I will create a safe space for you to feel seen, heard and fully accepted.
Some of the other key approaches that underpin my work include psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy, which help make sense of how early childhood experiences and relationships can shape us. In our work together, this may show up as patterns in behaviour or in relationships that no longer serve you. Therapy can help bring greater awareness to these patterns, to help you get unstuck, break cycles, and make the kinds of changes you want for yourself.
A little more about me… I am originally from Australia but have lived in London for over 15 years. I am of mixed heritage. I am a mum, but I also have experience of infertility and IVF. I have experience of invisible difference. I know what it’s like to juggle a busy personal and professional life. Prior to becoming an integrative counsellor I worked as a lawyer in the City.
I am passionate about what I do. My belief in therapy comes from my personal experience in the client seat, navigating big life events and the complexity of family, belonging and relationships with a trusted other. I decided to make this what I do for a living, after a car accident gave me pause to reevaluate the direction I wanted for myself. I find joy in constantly learning and in understanding more, what it is to be human. My personal philosophy is that we are all works in progress and that process of becoming more who we truly are is what allows us to thrive and feel most alive, both in the relationship with ourselves and with others.
Areas I work with:
Some of the areas I work with include:
- Anxiety and panic
- Affairs, betrayal & infidelity
- Anger management & conflict
- Bereavement, grief & loss
- Career issues
- Disability and difference (visible and invisible)
- Gender, sexuality & relationship diversity
- Health-related issues
- Historic childhood abuse
- Identity issues
- Intimacy issues
- Life changes
- Loneliness & Isolation
- Neurodiversity (e.g. ADHD, dyslexia)
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress and PTSD
- Relationship difficulties
- Sexuality & Sexual Issues
- Work related issues
Psychotherapy Qualifications & Training:
I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor and therapist and follow the BACP Code of Ethics. I undertook my training at The Minster Centre, in North London, one of the leading training organisations for integrative counselling and psychotherapy and widely regarded as one of the most rigorous teachings available for this field.
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre and have completed over 500 hours’ of client work as part of my training.
I am currently working towards a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, through the The Minster Centre and Middlesex University.
My training includes such specific areas as Childhood Sexual Abuse, CBT, Death and Bereavement, Transpersonal, Family & Belonging, Psychiatric Assessment, Eating Disorders, Self-harm and Suicide, Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity, Working with Refugees, and Working with Trauma.
I have degrees in Law and in Arts (majoring in Theatre Studies and in Anthropology) from the Australian National University. I qualified as a solicitor and hold a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law in Sydney. I have also worked as a tutor and course coordinator in law at the Australian National University, College of Business and Economics.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked as a solicitor for many years in Australia and London both at large law firms and as in-house legal counsel in the areas of finance and media.
In addition to my private practice, I have been volunteering for a low-cost therapy service in Queens Park for over 4 years.
I have provided counselling and psychotherapy services for different charitable organisations and mental health services over the years, including FreshStart Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Maida Vale and the East London Counselling Service (formerly MIND) based in Leyton. I have a special interest in working with trauma, but I have experience working with a broad range of issues and with diverse clients. Identities of every sexuality, gender, relationship style, faith, ability, immigration status, race, ethnicity or culture are welcome in my practice.
I have experience in both long-term and short-term counselling and psychotherapy, though I usually work in a long term open-ended way with my clients to allow things to unfold at their own pace.
I offer both in-person and remote therapy and have done both as part of my training.
I now work in private practice as a BACP registered therapist and counsellor.
Please inquire for rates or see my website www.cialamyerstherapy.co.uk
Psychotherapy sessions at Barnsbury Therapy Space:
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