Lydia-Mishelle Maurice-Gill believes that as human beings we seek safety, comfort and pleasure, and with this in mind, Lydia aims to create a safe space in the therapy room, by building a therapeutic relationship with the client in the present, being with the client in their discomfort or confusion and exploring with them, experiences on an emotional level which helps them to find meaning in their world. She works existentially, however, draws from a number of disciplines to creatively attend to the presenting needs of the clients, helping them to find meaning and purpose in their lives and their relationships. Lydia’s approach is based on respect, honesty and integrity when forging a therapeutic alliance with clients; after all, it is the relationship that heals.
Lydia has managed services and large teams in the fields of substance misuse, forensic mental health and criminal justice which has resulted in her gaining skills and knowledge in helping individuals to manage communication and work-related issues at all levels of the workforce. She has a long career in working with addictions and with people from disadvantage groups as well as careers in paediatric and general adult nursing. Her interests are trauma, chronic illnesses, abuse, challenging behaviours, gender issues and relationships. She has extensive experience working with addiction and mental health and has successfully worked with clients to achieve and sustain recovery.
Lydia has trained as an integrative addictions psychologist and is currently in the process of completing her doctorate in existential psychotherapy. She has dual membership with the BACP and FDAP, and is bound by and work within, the ethical framework of both organisations as well as The New School of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling. Lydia works on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling the client to enhance their life and to live it more fully.
Lydia works in private practice at The Awareness Centre in Tooting.