About Me

balham counselling ddc dijana dawson counselling profile

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with experience in working successfully with individuals from many different backgrounds on a wide range of issues.

My main approach to therapeutic work is integrative, meaning I work with a number of different approaches and use a skillset from all in order to meet the individual needs of my clients. Through my counselling work, I have met clients who have experienced a broad range of different and complex issues. These have included: depression, anxiety, stress, drug and alcohol dependency, domestic violence, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, coming to terms with bereavement and loss, coping with lifestyle changes, suicidal feelings, sexuality and work-related problems.

My past experience includes working with people with drug and alcohol misuse issues at NHS Drug and Alcohol Treatment Consortium in Southwest London. I have also worked in schools with parents who have faced many challenges as well as at Place2Be where I counselled primary school-age children. Currently, alongside my private practice, I also volunteer for CRUSE Bereavement Care, supporting people who have suffered a bereavement. 

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Certificates in Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies, all awarded by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body). I have undertaken intercultural training to gain a better understanding of mental health difficulties among ethnic minorities. I have also completed advanced specialist training with CRUSE Bereavement Care, a course accredited by The National Counselling Society.  I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) whereby I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure.

I am committed to ongoing professional development and my work is fully insured. I also hold an enhanced DBS certificate. 

I live local to my Clapham practice and I’m passionate about counselling those who would benefit from my services across Clapham, Balham, Tooting, and SW London.

 

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