Liana Gervastri offers a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can explore and process difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences at their own pace. For Liana, the relationship is the most important part of counselling and she seeks to build an atmosphere of trust and security, where the client feels heard and accepted. Liana adopts an Integrative approach, drawing on psychodynamic and humanistic theory to help facilitate her clients to process feelings and overcome challenges. She maintains an emphasis on client autonomy, supporting each individual throughout their unique journey with a focus on the client’s best interest at the heart of her practice.
Liana has a degree in Childhood Studies with Education. With a background in Child Development, she has an understanding of childhood attachments and experiences as well as their potential impact on adult life. Prior to starting her training as a counsellor, Liana was an Early Years Practitioner in a variety of settings. Through this, she has gained good communication skills and insights into the complexity that surrounds family life. She also has experience working in Recruitment/HR within an office environment where she has gained an understanding of the pressures that can arise in the workplace and the emotional impact they can cause on individuals. In addition to her work with The Awareness Centre, Liana also works for a children’s mental health charity.
Liana is a trainee counsellor and a student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working in accordance with the BACP ethical framework. She works with The Awareness Centre and sees NHS clients at a GP surgery in Lambeth. Liana is currently working towards a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.