Duje Culic is a counsellor in North London


What attracted you to become a therapist?

My fascination of human experience, of how we are affected by our emotions and how complex we can be in relating to others and to ourselves. I was also in therapy during a personal crisis when I was 19, and the relationship I had with my therapist was the only thing that was a respite from my difficult reality.


Where did you train? 

London


What sort of people do you usually see?

A wide variety of people: I have very diverse clients.


What do you like about being a therapist?

Being allowed to be part of someone’s emotional world in such an intimate way, and being part of the process in which they make changes, become more fulfilled and more authentic, is an extremely humbling and rewarding experience.


What is less pleasant? 

Inevitably, some of the difficult things clients are going through can occupy you outside work.


Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients? 

I don't recommend any material or apps to clients until well into the therapeutic process when I know my clients better and the recommendation is made in full confidence that the client will benefit from it.


What you do for your own mental health?

I spend time in nature, I meditate, I give myself time and space to just be and feel.


What’s your consultation room like? 

It’s nice, peaceful and comfortable.


What do you wish people knew about therapy? 

It’s amazing, unique and when you really let go and engage in it fully, it can really make you more powerful, more authentic and more fulfilled.


What did you learn about yourself in therapy? 

I learnt to validate myself instead of looking for validation externally….