Aurelia Gayan - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling & Psychotherapy
*Metanoia (n.) – the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life.
Soren Kierkegaard once said that ‘The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.’
My Counselling Journey
My counselling journey started when I came to the realisation that I have lost myself quietly over time, wishing to return to the sense of ‘knowing myself’ again. I’d spent a number of years traveling across Asia, living in India and New Zealand, trying to find what’s been missing inside. I realised that I need to be looking for answers within, rather than outside, and so in 2015 I embarked on a journey of personal counselling and counselling training. This has led to my metanoia* - ever changing process of becoming myself.
If you feel like you’re in place in your life when things aren’t right, you don’t feel like you are yourself anymore; that you’re not coping well with life, with people around you, not sleeping well; or generally speaking you are feeling overwhelmed with how life is - maybe it’s time you tried counselling too.
My Counselling Approach
I’m professionally trained as a Person Centered Therapist, who incorporates elements of Gestalt and Existential therapies into my work with clients. My aim in therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, and supportive space in which my clients feel comfortable embarking on their personal journey of metanoia or finding one’s self. I am there to notice my clients as they are in the here and the now. As a Person Centered psychotherapist I am not an expert in who my clients are, I am more in partnership with clients in searching out the metaphors and meanings that help make sense of their lives.
My Counselling Experience
I started working as a trainee counsellor in year 2017, and became fully qualified in year 2019. This is when I expanded my experience by setting up my private practice and working with clients privately at home.
Having trained and/or worked in Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services, Liverpool Bereavement Centre and the Alder Centre (Alder Hay child loss bereavement services), I have experience of working with (but not limited to):
- Bereavement & loss
- Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
- Adverse childhood experiences (childhood neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse)
- Anxiety and stress
- Depression, low mood
- Suicidal thoughts
I offer 30min initial consultation over phone/zoom - free of charge
Face to face appointments - £55 for 60min session
Online/over the phone appointments - £45 for 60min session
*concessionary fees are available for trainee counsellors and people on low incomes upon agreement
Saturdays 2pm - 6pm
Sundays 9am - 5pm
Tue - Thurs 4pm - 7:30pm (online/phone appointments only)
Professional Code of Conduct
I’m a fully registered member of BACP (British Assocation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I abide by their ethical framework of practice. I offer counselling in English, in Polish, and in Silesian.