Stella Anderson offers a safe space for clients to feel supported and able to express themselves fully. Stella works collaboratively with clients to help them deepen their understanding of their sense of self, and how this pattern relates to the way they communicate with others. She has an empathic approach to counselling, where she actively listens to clients, so they can feel heard and able to work through their thoughts within the session. Stella adopts an integrative approach, where she combines the Person Centred and the Psychodynamic approaches. This allows her to support her clients in increasing their self-awareness, which in turn contributes to creating positive change in their life. Stella will use the Person Centred approach, by showing the clients the core conditions – unconditional positive regard, empathy and genuineness – that will be used as a foundation to build a positive therapeutic relationship; and the Psychodynamic approach to support her clients in looking at their past and how their patterns inform how they are in the present. She will combine these approaches and ensure they are tailored to each individual client.
Stella has a background in education, as a Teaching assistant and a form tutor in a Comprehensive London school. Therefore, she has experience in supporting students with their studies as well as with their mental health, and in providing resources to increase positive mental health in their life. Stella has seen first-hand how much pressure students put on themselves to succeed in school and how this can lead to unhealthy life decisions. She supported them in accessing healthy resources to manage their emotions. Stella has attended various workshops and CPDs on a variety of subjects from Autism in Education to Trauma Induced Practice, as she believes it is important for her to deepen her knowledge of various counselling practices.
Stella is a trainee integrative counsellor and is registered with the BACP. She works at The Awareness Centre and sees NHS clients at a GP surgery in Lambeth. Stella is undertaking her Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.