I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor with experience providing counselling to individuals who may be facing challenging times. I believe that therapy can have a profound and positive impact on our lives.
Through our work together, I can help you process past and present events and help you understand that these events don’t need to define your life.
What is bringing you to therapy?
Many clients reach out for help when they find that their life circumstances cause them to develop uncomfortable thoughts and feelings such as anxiety, self-doubt, stress and depression, for many it is the ‘not knowing why’ that they need to address in therapy.
Other clients may have experienced unhappy or shocking events either in their past or in the present, childhood neglect or abuse, bullying, domestic violence or an unexpected death. The trauma and fallout of these can be overwhelming and they reach out for therapy to help them come to terms and move on. I have worked with survivors of domestic abuse and violence and bring my experience to the therapy room.
Some clients are simply learning about themselves, I have worked with many young adults who are still exploring who they are and what it is they want to do with their lives, how they want to be seen.
I welcome you to bring to therapy whatever it is that may be causing you to feel unhappy.
Integrative Therapy with Jana Bystrianska
I am an integrative therapist working in a relational way: I believe that the relationship between therapist and client plays a crucial role in the therapeutic process. In my work, I employ a number of various treatment modalities. I offer a non-judgmental, confidential and safe space, meeting clients with curiosity and compassion, and provide a warm atmosphere in which I will invite you to explore your thoughts, feelings and life challenges. I work alongside clients, helping them rediscover their sense of empowerment, connecting them to their resilience and increasing their capacity to cope with difficulties, to turn challenges into opportunities.
Working with survivors of abuse or violence
During my career I have supported clients who have experienced abuse or violence in their home. My work with them has given them the strength and courage to put their past behind them and build a more positive and hopeful future.
Working with diversity of culture and backgrounds
My personal roots are in Central Europe but I’ve been living in London all my adult life. This experience informed my interest in multicultural therapy, which is sensitive to and addresses the importance of culturally diverse backgrounds within therapy.
I have experience in supporting culturally diverse clients who want to explore issues concerning their cultural heritage, race, language, beliefs, values, identity and more.
I offer psychotherapy in English, Slovak and Czech.
Working with parents
Additionally, I have expertise working with parents of children of all ages, exploring and resolving challenges that raising children can bring up. In my previous career, I worked with children, teenagers and young people and I am aware of the difficulties they may confront.
Working with young adults: Therapy for adolescents and young adults
In my clinical practice, I also work with older teenagers aged 17 and up, who might be struggling with relationship issues, stress and anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation or identity crisis.
Areas I work with:
I have experience working with the following:
- Bereavement/grief and loss
- Child-related issues
- Cultural issues
- Family dynamics
- Health-related issues
- LGBTQ+ counselling
- Parenting & challenges of being a parent
- Post-traumatic stress
- Relational trauma
- Sexual identity
- Suicidal ideation
- Work-related issues
Training, Qualifications and Experience
The Open University/ Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology
Diploma in Integrative Counselling at The Minster Centre
I am currently working towards a Master’s in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling (The Minster Centre/ Middlesex University)
Alongside my private practice, I have worked in a low-cost therapy service in Buckhurst Hill for over 3 years.
My previous experience includes 3 years volunteering for Victim Support, specialising in helping victims of domestic violence.
Specialist training (CPDs):
CBT Theory and Skills, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Death and Bereavement, Domestic Violence, Family and Belonging, Psychiatric Assessment, Eating Disorders, Self-harm and Suicide, Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity, Working with Refugees, Working with Trauma
As a registered member of the BACP, I adhere to their ethical guidelines and standards.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and held at the same time each week. I work with adults, older adults, and young people.
Depending on the client’s needs, I offer long-term and short-term counselling, face-to-face work and online counselling.
You can call or email me. I offer a free 15-minute phone conversation, Zoom, or video call, which would give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the process and see whether we might be a good fit for each other.
My standard rate is £80 (daytime) and £90 (evening) per session.
I also have some concessionary places available for people on low income.
Psychotherapy sessions at Barnsbury Therapy Space:
Directions to Barnsbury Therapy Space