David Oreja GalindoIntegrative therapist
Do you feel like life is getting too difficult for you? Could you benefit from talking to someone about it?
We are all unique and so are you, you may feel stuck not knowing what to do next or may be struggling with sad feelings or depression. Sometimes, stress at work can make you feel on edge taking the joy in life away. This can leave you feeling very anxious and relationships can become difficult and toxic.
I see you as the unique individual that you are, and I want to offer you a space for yourself in which to consider life challenges in a non-judgemental and safe environment. A place for you where you can talk frankly and confidently without fear with someone that is truly listening and will be there supporting you through the process. I strongly believe that a close and honest relationship with your counsellor or therapist is essential for your therapy to have a positive impact. Therapy is often mistakenly thought as a long-term process that last for many years, but this is not always the case and this needs to be considered individually.
I am an experienced accredited Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. Over the years I have helped a number of people who were struggling with life challenges overcoming their obstacles, feeling better about themselves, happier and more confident. Do you often feel like you don’t seem to be able to move on with things? Do you feel blocked, stuck or that life has become a tedious routine, and you have lost the lust for life?
Can counselling help you overcoming these life challenges?
Counselling is an opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and feelings with a therapist in a safe, supportive, and confidential setting. It can help you recognise your own resources, gain a better insight into things, and clarify thoughts and feelings. Counselling can help you increasing your self-awareness reaching a deeper understanding about yourself that can help you enhance your relationships lifting your self-esteem and confidence. It can help you regain healthy coping strategies. As a result, it can help you having more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, not only with others but with yourself. Counselling provides stability giving you a regular date and time for you to declutter yourself from the everyday white noise that is preventing you from paying attention to what really matters in your life, yourself. This can help you feel more in control of your decisions and your life.
You may be struggling with sleepless nights due to urgent worries, sometimes work can be incredibly stressful and relationships difficult and overwhelming. You may be feeling like you are losing your lust for life, as if you don’t enjoy the things you used to in the same way. You may be feeling sad and struggling with depression, the loss of a loved one, recently recovering from a breakup, or feeling stuck and not knowing how to carry on. You may find yourself making the same mistakes over and over without even realising; counselling provides a safe space for you to explore situations and events with someone that will be supportive and will be with you through your journey.
Together we can explore what is going on for you and what is preventing you from building fulfilling and meaningful relationships. Counselling creates a relationship from which to focus in what really matters to you, helping you building the resources you need for the future.
Low Mood, Sadness and Depression
Whether you are just feeling sad, or are experiencing low moods, are feeling a bit lonely or depressed, talking to someone in a safe and confidential environment can prove to be an invaluable support. You may be going through the motions experiencing a lack of confidence or low self-esteem, talking to a therapist may be just the support you need. Depression can be incredibly overwhelming and may make you feel hopeless or helpless. However, talking with a trained practitioner can help you getting through these difficulties.
Anxiety, Stress, Work-related Issues
Do you find yourself often worrying about most things? Some fast-paced working environments can be very stressful and trigger our anxious mind. Technology has increased the number of people struggling with anxiety and mental health, you may find yourself experiencing panic attacks due to job insecurity, financial worries, high levels of stress, bullying in the workplace or even discrimination. Sometimes, an unexpected event happens and it is difficult to calm yourself and gain control of your frightening thoughts. Counselling can help you manage your anxious feelings, calming your mind and manage your stress.
Sometimes you may be finding difficult to engage with people or finding a long-term partner. You may find yourself engaging in toxic relationships time and time again. Could this be something you have learnt early in life? A difficult upbringing or any kind of abuse being this emotional, physical or sexual could have a devastating effect in your future relationships. Counselling could be the perfect space to explore these issues, family or other relational issues that are preventing you from having fulfilling relationships.
Counselling can also be a good support if you are struggling with addictive behaviours, recreational drugs, gambling, or internet addiction.
I have experience working with a range of issues, such as: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger and mood swings, lack of confidence, toxic relationships, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, low self-esteem, dissociative and borderline personality disorders, loss, and addiction. I have also experience working with issues related to the LGBTQ community.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Making the decision to start therapy, sometimes, is not as straight forward as it seems and a lot of consideration goes into it.
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to help you finding out whether to start counselling with me it is the right decision for you.
The cost of therapy is £60 for assessment and ongoing therapy sessions (50 minutes).
I have a number of concessions available depending on circumstances and available times.
I’ll meet you once weekly on the same day of the week, at the same time. Do not worry about the length of therapy as this will be discussed on our first meeting. Therapy can be for a limited number of sessions or open ended depending on your needs.
Training and qualifications
I hold a Post Graduate Advance Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD Counselling School which is a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) member organisation. I am also a registered member of the BACP.
What does it mean to be a member of the BACP?
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide to their code of ethics and I am committed to ongoing professional development, and I am in regular supervision with a BACP Supervisor. This professional commitment ensures my practice meets the standard for an ethical, independent and competent practitioner that is committed to professional standards of both behaviour and practice.
What have I been helping with So far?
I have helped clients making positive changes to their lives. I have also worked in the voluntary sector since 2013 helping clients with depressive feelings, negative thinking and suicidal thoughts or ideation, poor mental health, isolation, sexuality and gender issues, health anxiety, discrimination, homophobia, Chemsex and addiction.
As part of my training, some of the courses I completed were:
- Post Graduate Advance Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Person Centre and Counselling Skills
- Mental Health First Aid Course – by Charity MIND
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Psychiatry, Psychopathology, Psychodynamics
- The Neuroscience of Attachment
- Working with Children and Young Adults
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Psychologists Protection Society
Other knowledge and experience
I also hold a BA (Hons) in Events Management awarded by the London Metropolitan University among other Tourism and Marketing qualifications. I have worked for many years in fast paced, highly stressful and target driven corporate environments and I have a rich understanding of career and workplace problems such as: discrimination, bullying, stagnation, high levels of stress, depression and work-related anxiety.
I was born in Madrid, Spain and moved to the UK in 2003, since then, London is home for me and I am also a British citizen. I have worked in the business sector for many years before embarking on a career in Counselling, and I have engaged in doing considerable charity work.
When I am not working, I enjoy running and I have run a few professional races, skating, reading, socialising with dear friends and making new friendships, and travel whenever possible to discover new cultures and be mesmerised by nature.