“Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.” Roy T. Bennett
I grew up in multi-cultural family, my Russian mother and Korean father gave me Greek name Yevgeniya, but everyone calls me Gen. I started my career as a textile artist, art teacher, then interpreter/translator for big international companies which allowed me to travel and understand better the diversity of our world. After several unpleasant life events, I realised this was not the way I want to continue my life. I reached out for professional help and learnt how important to talk and share your fears of uncertainty, maintaining mental wellbeing.
I love supporting others, hearing their stories and empowering them on their unique journeys, whether that be to heal, to develop personally, to address difficulties in their lives or to find meaning and make sense of their circumstances. I consider the work that I do to be a privilege in supporting self-care and personal growth.
Working as LSA (supporting children with special needs requiring extra help and care) at schools I understand the challenges of parents and teachers go through, not realising the need to recharge and regroup to avoid the “burn out”.
I am a passionate learner and value the connection with other therapists through professional support groups. I love reading and constantly increase my professional knowledge attending courses and keeping up to date with all the latest information and implement accordingly.
For several years I have been a Bereavement Volunteer with CRUSE. I help my clients to grieve and come to terms with their losses, helping clients to find new meaning. I am passionate about serving the community and supporting organisations who ensure that counselling is accessible for everyone. In addition to my private practice, I volunteer with Mind and Cruse.
My initial training as an Accredited Humanistic Existential counsellor has been enhanced by further professional education: Bereavement, Infant Loss, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid. I combine different approaches tailoring my practice to each unique client, providing a warm, empathic space to help you reconnect with your own inner values and resources.
I employ some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) tools and exercises to gently challenge negative thought processes that are impacting your happiness and wellbeing.
I attend regular clinical supervision, hold professional liability insurance and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), abiding by their ethical code of conduct. I regularly undertake further training and attend conferences.
Your wellbeing is very important. If you have any questions about the therapy please don’t hesitate to contact MeaningfulLife Counselling