“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.“
I was born in Colombia and moved to France with my family at the age of nine, leaving behind the world I knew and having to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture. I moved to London in my early twenties and started a new life again. My personal experience of migration, motherhood, depression and my family history have made me open and empathetic to a wide range of ways of seeing and perceiving the world.
Psychotherapy and Counselling with Silvia Lautier
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor and I offer Psychotherapy and Counselling in English, Spanish and French.
Every person comes to therapy with different problems, needs and expectations but their main goal and motivation is to find some relief to their suffering. You might come in great distress and in need of hope, or you might need a space to focus on yourself and your life, in order to live more creatively. My goal is to support you, wherever you find yourself.
My approach is client orientated and my relationship to my client is one of collaboration. We explore together your challenges and difficulties, as well as your hopes and dreams. I offer a confidential space for communication, where you will be supported in accessing and expressing your emotions, identifying unwanted patterns and behaviours and through self-acceptance, building confidence and resilience. With curiosity and openness, using a range of therapeutic models, I will support you in learning new behaviours that will allow you to live a more satisfying life. You will be challenged at times and will receive feedback in order to support your progress.
I offer long-term and short-term therapy to individuals and couples, according to your individual needs.
Areas I work with:
I have worked with clients on a wide range of issues including:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Bereavement, Grief & Loss
- Career & Work
- Living with and managing Bipolar disorder
- Living with chronic illness
- Separation and Divorce
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Abuse
- Family Conflict
- Parenting & Step parenting issues
- Midlife Crisis
- Relationship Difficulties
- Loneliness and Feeling Isolated
- Adults living with and managing Autism Spectrum Disorder / Aspergers
- Belonging and Identity difficulties
- Immigration and settlement difficulties
- Important Life Transitions
- Stress & burnout
- Sexual Abuse
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Postnatal Depression
Psychotherapy Qualifications and Training:
I am a BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist and abide by their Code of Ethics
I hold the BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I have trained at Spectrum therapy, a UKCP registered centre for humanistic psychotherapy. Courses completed include:
- Spectrum 2 year Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Postgraduate Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Counselling Skills
- Basic and Intermediate Sexuality Course
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence and Prevention
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Anger in the Therapy Room
- Action Techniques
- Celebrating Family Life
- Couples Practice Class
- Working with Couples
- Relationships and Asperger’s Syndrome with Tony Attwood
I am in ongoing Supervision at Spectrum and I am committed to lifelong learning and continued professional development.
I am currently studying Applied Neuroscience (www.theneuroacademy.com) in order to incorporate this knowledge into my work with clients.
My passion for parenting and working with families is what initially drew me to Psychotherapy. I am the parent of an adult daughter and a teenage son, who both teach me about life and change every day. I have trained and volunteered with Home-Start (Haringey) as Parent Support for Families in Crisis. (www.home-start.org.uk). I have worked with Maison-Verte UK, where I practised my therapeutic work with families during the critical period of the early years. (www.maisonverte.org.uk)
I have a personal and professional understanding of the challenges associated with neurodiverse (NT/AS) partnerships and family relationships. I understand how the AS mindset can impact the family. I can support the AS person and/or the (NT) child, partner or parent of an Asperger person.
I have ongoing experience of being in Couples Therapy and believe in the value of this work. I work on relationships with individuals as well as with couples.
For the past four years, I have been working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in a doctor’s surgery in North West London.
I have a Masters Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, from la Sorbonne University in Paris. I have taught Spanish and French to individuals and groups in Primary, Secondary and at University level.
I offer individual psychotherapy and couples counselling in English, Spanish and French.
In addition to face to face work, I offer Skype and telephone sessions to existing individual clients when necessary.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
My fee for 50 min sessions is £75 for individuals and £100 for couples.