Magdalena BargielPerson-centred/humanistic counsellor
I am a degree educated individual who studied Masters in Social and Clinical Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw in Poland. Following my degree, I studied further to be a psychotherapist doing my training and work experience at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness in Scotland. I am a reliable, honest and friendly person who loves working with the general public.
My training, education and experience in psychology/psychotherapy have provided me with a strong background in individual therapy. I provide 1-1 person-centred counselling. Working from a person-centred basis I aim to support clients to explore issues, whatever they may be. I understand that any difficulties occur within the context of the unique life circumstances. I offer clients protected time to look at the questions and issues that have brought the client to this point and also the concerns that matter to the client. The emotional imbalance will likely be affecting many aspects of the client's life and I will support him to explore this. I will not offer advice nor direct him as to what he should do. Instead, he will be helped to clarify his experiences, situation and different options. What is explored in the meetings will be decided by the client. Counselling I provide to clients may involve talking about life events from the present, the recent or more distant past and how they may shape the client's current situation. It may include exploring emotions, relationships and patterns of thinking and behaving. It can involve becoming clearer about the external factors in the client's life which are affecting his current situation. My goal is to listen supportively, fully, and actively, to respond to help explore all that client chose to share and together identifying the way forward - either to find responses to or the resolution of the difficulties or to discover ways of accommodating them that are satisfactory for the client. The counselling I provide can help clients to understand themselves and their situation more clearly, perhaps from new and surprising perspectives. It can help to develop the client's own strengths and inner resources. Talking about things may take time, and will not necessarily be concluded quickly.
As a member of COSCA (The Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies), BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), BPS (The British Psychological Society) and PSA (Polish Psychological Association), I am bound by an ethical framework that is a set of guidelines and principles which underpin my work and make sure client's best interests are at heart. As a part of those guidelines, everything that’s happening in the counselling room is confidential unless there is a concern for someone’s safety. If I felt that client or someone else was at risk of serious harm, I am obliged to take that information to a third party. Following the professional standards, I receive regular counselling supervision to reflect on my work. This aims to support the wellbeing of myself, client and the quality of counselling. There are several different approaches to counselling and I have been trained to work as a Person-Centred Counsellor. There are some important differences between this approach and the other major approaches to counselling. First, I have a very strong belief in the positive nature of all human beings. We will always strive to do the best for ourselves, no matter what conditions we find ourselves in or what problems we face. Secondly, I believe in the uniqueness and worth of every individual human being and that we all deserve respect for our capacity to choose our own directions in life and to select and choose our own values to live by. Thirdly, I believe that client is the only expert in his own internal world and the only person who really knows how he feels. The client is the only person who can decide who and how he should be, the only person who can decide what the meaning of his life is and what he should do with it. Fourthly, I believe that the most important thing in counselling is the therapeutic relationship that will develop between myself and the client, in which he will really feel heard and understood, in a non-judgemental way, and that he will experience me as a real and genuine person in this relationship.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
£40 per hour
Training and qualifications
2016 - 2019 University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, UK
Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy DipHe
2007 - 2012 University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland