|Languages:||English, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi|
Venaifa D’costa is an integrative counsellor working towards a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Counselling. She has a background in Psychology with Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’ in Industrial Psychology. Having completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, she has worked as a counsellor with University students helping them with personal, emotional and behavioural issues. She is registered with the BACP. She works with patients at a GP surgery in Wandsworth for The Awareness Centre’s NHS counselling service.
She uses a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. She takes a view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. She believes that each person needs to be considered as whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. Venaifa draws on Person Centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy; Gestalt therapy, Cognitive behaviour therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. Taking on a person-centred approach and understanding that the client has within him or herself vast resources for self-growth and development, she tries to tap on these resources by providing an appropriate therapeutic climate. She would also help clients to get in touch with their automatic thinking patterns and reframe any thoughts or behaviours to function more effectively in life. When applicable she uses a gestalt approach to counselling by helping individuals to become more aware of how they think, feel and act in the present moment.
Venaifa has the experience of working in the industrial sector, in the HR where she grew in her understanding of practical work-related issues and pressures that people face in life due to work, this experience along with her counselling experience with young adults has given her a fair understanding of the issues faced by people as they prepare for the world of work and progress into it. She also had the opportunity to teach Psychology at Junior College level for about 4 years. Venaifa greatly enjoys having the opportunity to make a real difference to someone’s life by helping them to resolve and cope with problems and various issues.
Venaifa offers therapy in Hindi, Konkani and Marathi.