Meet the Therapist: Rosanna Messing
What attracted you to become a therapist?
I’ve always had the desire to help others and after experiencing my own ‘stuff’ as a teenager and young adult and receiving therapy for it, it was then I realised that I wanted to help others in the same way.
Where did you train?
I trained at CPPD Counselling school in Hornsey, North London.
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
I like to work with my clients in a relational way, focusing on the relationship between us and ensuring my clients feel listened to and not judged. This will enable the client to relax and explore themselves in a safe and contained way. I am trained in CBT, psychodynamic, person-centred and transpersonal therapy, amongst a few others.
CBT can help with anxiety issues, whereas using the psychodynamic approach can help to uncover unconscious thoughts and feelings.
Who do you usually work with?
I have experience working with young people aged 14 - 30 years old. I have worked with issues such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and relationship problems.
I am based in North West London, Stanmore, but am currently seeing clients online.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I love being a therapist because it gives myself and the client the opportunity to connect with each other on a very unique and special level. The counsellor / client relationship is unlike any other relationship we have in life and seeing my clients improve is incredible and exceptionally heart-warming to see.
What is less pleasant?
Seeing my clients in pain can at times be difficult as we are all human, but that is not and will never be a concern of the clients.
How long have you been with welldoing.org and what do you think of us?
I am brand new to welldoing.org and I look forward to seeing what can come from it.
Do you ever recommend books or apps to clients?
A book I often recommend to clients is The Source. Another book that I recommend to teenagers suffering with anxiety is The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens.
What do you do for your own mental health?
For my own mental health. I ensure I eat healthy food, exercise regularly, commit to at least 20 minutes outdoors every day and try to stay away from too much social media.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
I wish people would let go of the stigma attached to therapy and understand that you do not need to be ‘crazy’ or ‘disturbed’ to attend therapy. We all need someone to talk to and talking to a stranger can sometimes be a lot easier!
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
I learnt lots about myself in therapy but one of the most important things is that it’s okay to not be okay and to always ask for help when you need it.