Dr Cecilia Wolfenstein

BSc (Hons), PG Dip, MSc, DPsych, CPsychol

 

My philosophy

I believe that our core beliefs about ourselves, about others and how we think about the world are developed from our early experiences, family dynamics, values, major life-events and current experiences. Also our culture, society and language have a significant influence of the formation of our personality, relationships and how we interpret the world.

Early experiences such as lack of validation, emotional neglect, judgment and exclusion can be factors of the development of a person’s feelings of negative core beliefs, low self-worth and low self-esteem. This can sometimes contribute to a feeling of ‘stuckness’ where it is hard to move forward emotionally, with partners, other relationships and/or professional life.

Most people experience difficulties at some stage of their life, such as overwhelming distress, feeling of ‘stuckness’ or lack of meaningfulness. Thoughts and feelings can be difficult to identify alone and come to terms with alone. Talking to a therapist in a confidential and supportive environment is a space to understand and and address your difficulties effectively. My view is that the role of the therapist is to explore with the client their core beliefs, in order to identify their feelings of ‘stuckness’ and relationship patterns. The value of this work is to help shift unhelpful patterns we may become stuck in and to create possibilities to foster and develop emotional awareness and psychological flexibility. This helps us to develop the skills needed to manage current and future experiences, thoughts and feelings, which may have otherwise been overwhelming.

 

My way of working

My aim is to create a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment to explore the issues clients bring. My emphasis is to work collaboratively with the client to explore, understand and to resolve their different problems. I work with individuals and couples. I provide short-term or long-term therapy to help people with their emotional wellbeing and relationship issues.

My psychological approach is integrative. This involves drawing on different therapeutic approaches to provide the flexibility to better understand the client’s experience. Using different perspectives supports the tailoring of the therapeutic work to the unique needs of each client.

I tailor the therapy sessions to take account of the client’s presenting issues and experienced difficulties. I use a fluid and flexible approach which is informed by, and draws upon a range of therapeutic models including; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), person centred therapy, relational and systemic therapy. The therapeutic approaches I draw upon may be used separately or in combination.

 

Professional experience

I have ten years experience of working in mental health and psychological wellbeing. I have worked for several NHS trusts in London and for the charity MIND. I have experience of working with a diverse range of adult mental health difficulties including; anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorders, psychosexual problems, bereavement, drug and alcohol issues, problems related to living with chronic illness, as well as working with other psychological related issues that impact on our relationship with others. This involves managing depression and anxiety and relationship stress.

 

Qualifications and training

Through my training as a Counselling Psychologist I have experience of using a range of different psychological approaches, and of working with clients experiencing differing mental health difficulties

My qualifications are as follows:

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych) City University, London.
  • MSc in Counselling Psychology, City University London.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in cognitive behavioural interventions (CBT), University College London (UCL).
  • BSc (Hons) in psychology, Goldsmiths University, London

Before training as a Psychologist I worked within design and have a BA in Arts and Design, Beckman’s School of Design, Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Professional Affiliations

I am registered with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) and am a chartered member of BPS (British Psychological Society).

 

Code of Ethics

I abide by the BPS code of ethics and ethics, and HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics. I am committed to working to the highest professional standards and ethics.

 

Languages Spoken

English, Swedish