"How much do I really want to know about my therapist?" - I invite you to reflect on what is important to you when you visit the About pages and how resonating with a person's self-description brings up a sense of "I can trust this person to help me".
Want to know more about me and how/where/when my passion for the human psyche and development all began? In a nutshell, here it is.
My name is Irina and I'm a dual-citizen trilingual therapist.
My life circumstances (and parental guidance) led me to initially pursue a business-like career, opting for a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing followed by a Masters in Business Development. Having a curious nature, I didn't go straight into the corporate world, but decided for the travelling industry as a way of combining my interest in seeing the world and helping others tailor their dream holidays.
After a few good years, I did eventually find my way back to what seemed like the path for most millenials - the promised wealth and life of a corporate worker. Looking back on it with the wisdom only age brings, I'm grateful for it as it opened the way to relocation to the UK.
Throughout my 20s I noticed my growing interest in human psychology, backed by my own therapeutic journey, working with my personal struggles with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. The more I worked on myself, learnt and accepted who I am, the more I wanted to nurture this blooming passion until I realised that I was ready to be on the giving end of the therapeutic work - as a psychotherapist myself.
After moving to the UK, I retrained as a therapist and chose an integrative approach which enabled me to bring together several schools of thought in psychotherapy: Client-Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transpersonal and Existential Therapy. I had the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and experience in bereavement counselling through the work I've done with Cruse Bereavement Support. By further working with Cruse, I was involved in the coordination and delivery of their Victims of Terrorism project which provided support and care to anyone affected by terror attacks.
Working with a variety of struggles that follow loss and grief, I turned my attention to other therapeutic models and specialisms - Attachment Theory, Trauma-Informed Care, Transactional Analysis. To support long-lasting results in therapy for my clients, I added elements of Mindfulness and Meditation, with particular attention to integrating breathing and body-based techniques in the therapeutic process.
To complement my psychotherapy training, I'm currently completing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a view to better integrate the clinical research-based practice with the humanistic relational approach in therapy.
Before you call me an always-busy-ambitious-overachiever, let me share that:
1. Yes, I most certainly have the overachiever trait and it'll forever be part of my own personal growth journey to manage and integrate the positive side of it.
2. I'm proud to call myself a perpetual student as learning never ends in this profession. Inspired by Esther Perel, Irvin Yalom, Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl and many more, I find meaning in accumulating knowledge and keeping my mind open to novelty, always with a beginner's mind (shoshin in Zen Buddhism) - "having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying, even at an advanced level, just as a beginner would."
QUALIFICATIONS and PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Registered Member MBACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (National Counselling Society and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course (National Counselling Society)
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Complex Trauma Certification
Individual Therapy (Adults)
Low Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence Issues
Family and Relationship Issues
Work-related Stress & Burnout
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Bereavement - Loss and Grief
Depression & Loneliness
Men's Mental Health
Addictive Behaviours and Self-Sabotage
“Irina helped me understand and face a series of quite important events that came together (pandemic, moving to a new country, work overload, etc.). She also helped me realize that I need to learn to set limits, not be so self-demanding and allow myself a little more, that there are more things in life than work."