Practice Areas

Areas of Expertise 

Anxiety


We respond with anxiety to a variety of situations or feelings that we cannot bear to think about or experience. Usually, there is something painful, hurtful or uncomfortable that we would rather ignore or push aside. Anxiety can cover up our difficult experience allowing us to avoid it.

Psychotherapy can help you address the underlying reasons for your anxiety. By identifying triggers and patterns, therapy can help you understand what is affecting you; and this is the first step to overcome it. Together we can discover better ways to cope with what is painful or uncomfortable for you and, as a result, reducing how anxious you feel.




Depression


Depression does not have one single cause, but a variety of causes from stressful life events, to illness, ageing or giving birth. You can experience any combination of low mood, sadness and lack of motivation to various intensities and duration.

Psychotherapy can help you understand your feelings, what causes them along with the behaviours and ideas that contribute to how you feel. You can get a better understanding of your major life events (illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job or a divorce) and their impact upon how you feel and your life. Through therapy you can find out which aspects of those problems you may be able to improve or solve in order to regain a sense of control over your life. Lastly, it can help you develop better coping mechanisms with that which is difficult and painful in your life.




Young People


Being a young person (between 16-25) can be an exciting time but also quite tough. Many young people struggle with how they feel and experience problems at school, with friends or with their family. Feeling anxious, depressed, angry or misunderstood is quite common and sometimes there is nobody that you can feel you can talk to.

Counselling aims to provide you with a space where you will be listened and most importantly accepted as you are without judgement. Feel free to talk about sex, drugs or whatever is bothering you. Here, you can explore who you are but aslo work through your difficulties and your dilemmas.

As a counsellor, I aim to respect your autonomy and to guide you to use your own resources to solve whatever is puzzling you or to help you building up coping mechanism for the stuff that is hurtful and difficult in your life.




Relationship Issues





Gender & Sexuality


Gender, sexuality and identity For a lot of us, whether we identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community or not, there are a multitude of issues that can be explored within counselling: issues regarding our gender, our sexuality and our identity and the impact it can have on our lives, our social network and our families. Therapy offer a safe space where you can unpack your feelings, your dilemmas and make sense of your experiences.




LGTQ+ Issues


Therapy for LGBTQ+ Many of the concerns and life challenges LGBTQ people bring to therapy are those common among all people and they might not relate to their identity or sexuality. In this case, you might feel more comfortable with someone who aware of the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ community, who is experienced in working professionally with the community and lastly, someone who identifies as a proud member of this community. An inclusive approach: Furthermore, I am open to working with: diverse gender and sexual identities; chemsex; consensual polyamorous relationships; sex-workers; people living with HIV.





My approach

There is no one-size-fits-all model of therapy, as people grow, heal and change at a different pace.  

 

I am trained in multiple modalities including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), psychodynamic, family and systemic and my core modality: existential and phenomenological. That is to say, I like to base my work equally on psychological and psychotherapeutic theories as well as philosophy (with an emphasis on Continental Philosophy).

I prefer to work in a flexible, client-centred and integrative manner; drawing from different approaches and techniques, depending on our counselling process and your needs and preferences.

 

It begins by learning who and how you are, and then collaboratively we can shape ways in which you can achieve your own goal and improve your well-being.

As a registered member of BACP and UKCP I adhere to and uphold their ethical and practical guidelines. All my work is professionally supervised and have a full professional indemnity insurance.

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Sometimes talking with someone who listens is all it takes.

Iulian Chear

 

Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy

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