Luwam Yohannes provides a safe, confidential and empathic space to resolve specific challenges, stressful experiences and life transitions, specifically tailored to address challenges unique to the client. Using an integrative approach that embraces various theoretical perspectives, the core of Luwam’s approach is person-centred, used to guide clients to develop meanings from their perceptions. Furthermore, she adopts existential thinking to support clients in having the capacity to heighten their self-awareness and the experience of tension between freedom and responsibility. Other schools of thought such as Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will also be drawn on, enabling Luwam to work with a broader spectrum when working with clients therapeutically. While counselling can provide a safe space to explore, overcome and evolve through difficult or painful thoughts and feelings, Luwam believes that therapy can also be a place to focus on strengths to overall improve one’s functionality.
With a background as a Hospital Play Specialist, Luwam has an interest and experience in using play as a therapeutic tool for children/ young people in palliative care besides supporting their families who also face such major life transition brought by their child’s health conditions. Luwam has a particular interest in significant life transitions and understands that the ways in which we experience these changes or express loss involves movement in many directions. She pursues to support clients to oscillate between grievingand processing the responses to grief. Luwam also works with anxiety, anger,relationships issues and depression.
Luwam is a trainee integrative counsellor and has a student membership with the BACP. She works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service in Lambeth. Luwam is currently in her final year working towards a degree in Counselling.