With Pablo Reina soon to be joining the Practice we now have five languages other than English that are available for those people who feel more comfortable conversing in their native language.
Working in the native tongue is obviously an advantage because a second language (pretty much no matter how fluent) represents an obstruction that has to be overcome and when it comes to communicating, especially in a therapeutic setting, the easier, the more fluent and therefore more direct the process is, the better the understanding. And it’s not just the language that facilitates the exchange; native language sits within a shared cultural background which includes much more than a common and familiar knowledge of a country and background. Gesture and all the other subtle non-verbal aspects of communication flourish between native speakers so the process is simply that much more fluent.
So who speaks what at the Practice?
Bulgarian: Milena Nikolova, mainly working with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and of course counselling.
Czech: Pavla Radostova, mainly working in an integrative way which means that she offers a range of styles and techniques.
French: Jessica Wallace, a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Transpersonal approach
German (and Spanish): Claudia Schmidt, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working with individuals and couples
Polish: Renata Königsman, using an Integrative approach but mainly using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Spanish: Pablo Reina: counselling with a humanistic approach; about to complete a diploma in Integrative Counselling.