Meet the Therapist: Andreea Fagetan
What attracted you to become a therapist?
I’ve been curious about people and psychology for many years, but I couldn’t find a model that felt right for me. Life slowly took me away from this path, and I ended up working in finance for over 10 years. But I started to feel that something was missing in my life and when I discovered psychosynthesis, I just knew that this is what I wanted to do.
Where did you train?
I trained at the Psychosynthesis Trust in Central London.
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
It’s called psychosynthesis, and what attracted me to it was its unique blend of psychology and undogmatic spirituality. It’s a transpersonal model, which means that I see my clients not just as human beings with challenges, obstacles and maybe even wounding in their lives, but also as someone with a lot of potential for growth and transformation, and a unique purpose in life.
What sort of people do you usually see?
I work with individuals age 16+ who struggle with anxiety, social interactions, identity, depression, low self-esteem and low self-confidence. I offer therapy in English and Romanian.
How does psychosynthesis help with anxiety, social interactions, identity issues, depression, low self-esteem, low confidence?
I use a mix of talking therapy and creative techniques, like drawing, dream exploration, guided imagery, and mindfulness meditation. The use of creative techniques can help the client to connect with their unconscious material in a way that is meaningful and specific to them; and mindfulness meditation can help the client to handle their anxiety.
I aim to guide the client to expand their awareness, which can help them to see their struggles from a different perspective, to become aware of how they see themselves, how they interact with the world around them, and to feel empowered to make different choices in their life.
What do you like about being a therapist?
Quite a few things. Two of the things that come to mind now are witnessing the moments when the client feels comfortable enough in the therapeutic relationship to bring more of their authentic self that maybe nobody has seen before; and the moments of awareness when something just clicks for them.
What is less pleasant?
Being a therapist can feel a bit isolating if you don’t work or rent a therapy room in a place where other therapists are.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I joined welldoing.org at the end of last year, December 2020. I like the booking system and the lovely people that I talked to whenever I had a question about the website.
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
I do, but what I suggest depends on what the client brings in our sessions. Something that I suggested to most of my clients was some videos about mindfulness meditation from Gelong Thubten. He's a very funny Buddhist monk and I like the way he reframes meditation.
What you do for your own mental health?
I do a bit of yoga in the morning, walking and being in nature, meditation, cooking, dancing, reading, chatting to my family and friends.
You are a therapist in Ealing, West London. What can you share with us about seeing clients in that area?
I can’t tell you too much, I’m afraid. I’ve seen clients mostly in central London before the pandemic, very few in Ealing and they were not living in Ealing. I wanted to move my practice to Ealing last year, but then the pandemic started, and I moved all my clients online.
What’s your consultation room like?
I used to rent a lovely and welcoming room in London Bridge before the pandemic. I don’t have my therapy room at the moment as I’m only seeing clients online, which works well because I can work with people from outside of the UK as well.
Once we can work in-person again, I will rent a therapy room in Ealing Broadway and offer walking therapy in Central London.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
I wish people would see therapy as a self-care and healing practice instead of something to be embarrassed about; it’s just a matter of finding the right therapy model and the right therapist for them. And that reaching out for help on their journey is an act of courage, not weakness.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
That I wasn’t as connected as I thought I was with my body and my feelings. It was an amazing journey that made me realise how complex I am as a human being.