Carlos Calvet Ortín
BACP registered counsellor
I like to discuss with my clients the way they feel they want to work. There is no rigid agenda. Goals and approaches are talked over during the sessions. Sometimes they can be redefined as the needs change or the work evolves.
I find it important to follow the client’s lead and stay always by their side, I am a true believer in the client’s inner wisdom. However, I am happy to provide a more directive and structured method when clients wish.
As an integrative counsellor, I believe that the only framework that truly works is the one which is fluid enough to adapt to the client’s personal circumstances and needs.
I am also a Spanish speaker so I can alternatively provide therapy in this language.
Who I am
I am a BACP registered counsellor. I integrate in my work a synthesis of separate models in a way which is meaningful to my personal values. These values centre on the autonomy of the client as the driving force for growth, using the counselling relationship as leverage for change. My process of integration is constantly growing and adapting, guided by the different experiences with my clients.
At times life can feel overwhelming and you may find your self in a moment where all the options seem closed to you. I offer you a stable and supportive place where we can talk about it. I will listen and help you to put into words all those things that you need to let out or that are holding you back.
I have experience with many issues, including:
Loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, low self-esteem, loneliness, abortion or miscarriage.
In my practice I have worked closely with problems around loss. This could be of a loved one, a job, a relationship or something else irreplaceable. I also have experience of the challenges faced by people arriving in London or the UK for the first time, and how this can trigger a sense of alienation and loss of family and friends.
Loss can trigger many different emotions and reactions depending on the particular circumstances, which are by their nature unique for each person. I will be there for you with whatever you bring into our space.
I am bilingual and can offer sessions in English and Spanish. I have a degree in Fine Arts and this influences my work. I believe that creativity and use of the imagination are ideal channels for reconnecting with our unconscious sides and bringing more parts of ourselves to our awareness.
I am also a proud member of Brent Bereavement Services (BBS), a counselling service in Brent specialising in bereavement and loss.
The first session
The first session is the moment to get to know each other and gives you an opportunity to talk about the reasons that brought you to counselling. You may want to use this session to ask questions about me, how I work or to express what goals you would like to achieve during our time working together.
This session is exploratory for both of us. It is also about us finding out if we can work together.
If either of us considers that our working together would not be appropriate or convenient, I won’t charge for the session. However, if we both feel we could work together my policy is to charge for the session.
If you would like to know more about my approach, please do get in contact.
Continuing my professional development
Learning and continuing professional development are really important to me.
One of my most valuable learnings has been related to working in a diverse and transcultural setting like Brent. This has deepened my self-awareness and made me more reflective about the respective beliefs and cultural values, of both me and my clients, related to the nature and purpose of counselling.
I think it is important to reflect that perhaps no one model of counselling will be appropriate for all populations and situations. I am always committed to reflecting on the assumptions that permeate my practice.