Hannah D’Souza offers a non-judgemental, confidential space filled with empathy and acceptance, to encourage clients to feel free to be themselves. Practising integratively means Hannah endeavours to use methods that are based around, but not exclusive to, three approaches. CBT techniques are utilised to pinpoint and eradicate negative thinking. Person-centred conditions help to build a strong and genuine therapeutic relationship that raises self-awareness. Also, Hannah uses psychodynamic principles to identify the origin of the thoughts and behaviours that harm and hinder clients.
Being of mixed origin, Hannah is aware of the underrepresentation of both her ethnic groups within the field of counselling and the cultural issues which effect both these groups and many others. She therefore endeavours to offer a level of personal understanding between her clients, as well as make use of her passion for engaging and helping others. After gaining extensive experience in teaching and childcare, Hannah recognised how childhood experiences often define the way people think, behave and cope with future experiences. She seeks to support those who have developed harmful thoughts and behaviours by releasing them of their internal constraints and expectations. Her specialisms are depression, self-esteem, self-harm issues, domestic abuse and bereavement.
Hannah D’Souza works at a GP surgery in Lambeth, with clients referred by The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service. She is undergoing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling and practices as an integrative (BACP registered) psychotherapist, because she believes that therapy should be uniquely designed for each client.