Counsellor Hackney East London

Barbara Ungaro

Often people are drawn to therapy because of a specific problem they want to work on, but sometimes it can be more subtle or elusive than that. Sometimes the way we feel about ourselves is very different from how others perceive us to be and this can create a sense of alienation from even the most supportive family or the most loyal friends. Therapy offers a safe container where all the stuff that feels too messy, too raw, or just simply too confusing to know how to approach can be looked at without shame or guilt or fear. Whether what prompts us is feeling the need to look at unhappiness in relationship, guilt in parenting or confronting some of life’s big themes such as death, loss, identity, love, belonging – these are all threads that make up the rich tapestry of life and therapy allows us to explore any or all of them with a sense of openness and curiosity. From my own experience, being able to talk candidly and confidentially about what troubles us or perplexes us can create a surprising sense of increased ease and spaciousness in our life, allowing for positive shifts in how we feel or how we perceive things.  Therapy for me is a place in which to discover that, no matter how off-kilter we feel with life, we are not alone and we do not need to suffer in silence. 

I have lived in Italy, Spain and Germany and am happy to work in those languages as well. 

My training took place at the Karuna Institute and I am currently completing an MA in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy. I am a trainee member of the UKCP, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Due to the current situation, I am happy to offer virtual sessions to all my clients. My initial consultation is free. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a free introductory session, please do get in touch via email.

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