Therapy for adults of all ages with a focus on strengthening self-confidence and self-esteem, developing healthy and positive habits and behaviours, while addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, burnout, surviving abuse, addictive behaviours, self harm, relationship issues, loss and grief
“Irina with her deep empathy, her very appropriate words and her power of synthesis on the reflections I was making, has guided me to this point of wellbeing.
It has been fundamental and great to be able to count on her!”
- Client Testimonial
If you found your way to my page, you may be going through a difficult time in your life.
You may be experiencing one or several of the following:
Feeling overwhelmed, always tired but in a rush towards the next thing to do
Emotional or mental exhaustion as a result of the restlessness
Frantic, anxious and easily irritable
You have frequent outbursts which you later regret
A sense that it's never enough, that you aren't doing enough
Snappy, short-fused that leads to difficulties in relationships with others (partner, children, parents, friends, work)
Trouble sleeping or resting as your mind is constantly busy (aka "monkey mind")
Aware of your self-sabotaging behaviour, but can't find a way to stop
You worry a lot about what others think of you, find yourself ruminating over past events or conversations and, as a result of this, you've noticed you don't know how to say "no" and have become a "people-pleaser"
You see yourself as a "high achiever" and constantly put considerable effort in everything you do which also leads to stress and burnout
You struggle with the imposter syndrome and all its pitfalls: procrastination, fear of making mistakes, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and self-doubt
Find it hard to relax, have fun, let go of the never-ending to-do list or stop the worry-mill
If any of the above sound familiar and are interfering with your daily life, therapy can help.
I offer online sessions or in person therapy in Bristol (Tuesdays only, Redcliffe area) or from my private practice based in Frome, Somerset.
For more details on current availability, please see Fees page.
Does Online Therapy Work?
Online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy for various mental health conditions, but also to support you in changing any unhelpful habits or behaviours.
Same as in-person therapy, it encourages open and honest dialogue about issues that cause you distress.
You can access therapy sessions from anywhere with an internet connection, eliminating the need for travel and allowing for more flexibility.
It's private and confidential.
We will meet via a secure and easy to use video conferencing platform. Also, there is no stress about others seeing you at the appointment (in a waiting room).
It's a better option for you if you live in rural or remote areas, have limited mobility, or face other barriers to accessing traditional in-person therapy.
Gives you back time spent travelling to and from.
You gain time by not worrying about and having to deal with transportation issues, including not spending money on travelling.
No commute or traffic concerns with a video session.
It's more comfortable.
You may feel more comfortable discussing sensitive or personal issues from the comfort of your space, where you feel safe and secure.
You have access to other online resources.
I will provide with with other digital resources (your private, personal, tailored to your needs Mental Health Toolbox). You have access to these anytime between sessions.
What to expect from working with me
Weekly 1:1 sessions in a safe, confidential space
A professional, but human and friendly approach to our therapy sessions
Focus on understanding and uncovering who you truly are, where you come from and how that shaped you and your relationships (exploration of childhood experiences, inner child work and attachment style)
Use of easy-to-understand psychological structures and theory to deepen your understanding of yourself (for example Parent - Adult - Child framework)
Clear and accessible digital resources (through a secure platform in the form of My Mental Health Toolbox) that will support our work
Tools and techniques so you can develop healthier and more effective coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, difficult emotions, and challenging situations
Trauma informed approach to any experiences that may have deeply impacted you in the past or more recently with an emphasis on holding a safe space for you to process unresolved issues, feelings and memories
A therapeutic process adapted specifically to your needs and expectations which includes regular reviews (every 6 sessions) of our goals and working therapeutic relationship
We work open-ended so that you have all the space and time you need to move towards the change you’re aiming for. Nevertheless, most of my clients have achieved their desired outcomes and meaningful change in 4-8 months of weekly sessions
“I found the sessions really helpful to understand why I was feeling this way and to work on ways to improve things."
"I had weekly sessions with Irina
via video call.
I am very grateful for the safe, close and professional space she has offered me."
“Doing therapy with Irina has been like finding a space of tranquillity. She has helped me to understand my emotions better and to be more tolerant with myself.”
There is no need to struggle on your own.
Together we will work to change the negative self-talk and
feelings of self-doubt.
I will be there with you and offer you the support you need to achieve long-lasting results and build a strong sense of self-esteem and self-worth.
Therapy can help uncover the authentic,
compassionate and confident you.
Feel more like yourself and live free from the weight of self-doubt
Develop a more positive self-image, recognizing your strengths and accepting your weaknesses
Express yourself assertively and communicate your needs and boundaries clearly, effectively and respectfully
Become more willing to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone
Develop resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures
Navigate the ups and downs of life, the changes and uncertainty with grace and resilience
Become more able to connect with others on a deep level, showing empathy and compassion for others' experiences and feelings
Create a more positive outlook on life, focusing on opportunities and possibilities rather than dwelling on negativity or limitations
Become more present in the moment and appreciate yourself and your life more
Reduce feelings and thoughts around stress and increase feelings of contentment and peace