|Adolescents 13-18 yrs:||£50/hr|
Stephanie Hernandez offers a safe, professional and warm environment to explore both brief, focused issues and longer term, deeper issues. Stephanie works on developing a trusting relationship where clients can feel supported to share their more difficult and private feelings.She believes that the each person has the ability to find their own answers and can develop awareness of their ways of being in the world that can lead to improved coping, self-understanding and fulfilment. Stephanie works integratively, drawing mainly on mindfulness, humanistic and gestalt approaches that focus on how we experience ourselves and how we relate to others in the present moment. Her approach also respects all experiences as equally valid and accepts how we have come to be where we are without judgement and criticism.
For the last 7 years, Stephanie has also been working in a counselling agency for young people. 2 years ago, she was promoted to be the manager of the service for young refugees and asylum seekers. This is a challenging and rewarding role that has provided experience of work with trauma, loss, abuse, addiction, as well as sleep problems, anxiety and depression. Stephanie has a special interest in trauma and attends additional training in this area whenever possible. Before working as a counsellor, Stephanie worked in theatre.
Stephanie is an integrative counsellor and has a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling and a Post-graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy. She is currently studying on the Masters programme at the Gestalt Centre. Stephanie also has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as well as the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She has also completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme at the London centre for Mindfulness as well as a General Certificate in online counselling. Stephanie previously worked as a counsellor at a rehabilitation centre for substance abuse and volunteered with the NHS Drug and Alcohol Team in Blackfriars.