My name is Fatima Fernandes. I have been working in Central and West London as an integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor for many years. After my initial training, I gained experience through my work in both the private and public sector. As well as running my own private practice for over ten years helping both individuals and couples through self-discovery find ways to move on with their lives I also work with two organisations that specialise in trauma and addiction problems. My work with trauma involves helping people gain confidence at sharing difficulties building strength and self-growth through the process. I have also been working for over twenty years with both men and women dealing with substance dependency issues helping them to regain control of their lives and maintain abstinence.
At times in our lives we all struggle to find ways to make sense of our world find fulfilment but fear and self-doubt block our capacity to thrive. I firmly believe we all have the capacity to heal ourselves achieve goals reaching fulfilment. My belief in the strength of the human character comes out of my own life experience as well as the many people I have worked with over the years. My work with individuals and couples has lead me to cover a wide range of issues such as emotional, physical and sexual problems. Again I have experience of working with cross culture issues valuing individual differences.
I am also trained as a group facilitator with twenty years of experience helping individuals relate to each other through self-discovery.
What I do
As a humanistic integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist I adapt my work according to client needs building up on individual strength uniqueness and capacity to heal. When appropriate I integrate cognitive and psychodynamic approaches. I see people on short term or open-ended basis favouring counselling with shorter goal setting work, psychotherapy to deal with the more entrenched deeper issues. Both in my Individual or couples work I provide a safe confidential and quite space to work from.
In my work encouragement to share feelings is important however clients remain in control speaking at their own pace touching past difficulties when appropriate or possible. I am experienced at working with issues such as, anxiety, depression, relationships, post-traumatic disorders, abuse, trauma, bereavement, loss, panic attacks, addictions, health problems, work related issues and others.
My approach can help with traumatic experiences, problematic relationships, depression, relieve anxiety, self-esteem issues and personal growth through weekly attendance and regular work evaluations.
Training - Qualifications
B.Sc. (Hons) Open University 1997
Integrative Counselling Skills Diploma 1994/1996
Supervision Diploma - Cascade training Associates
EMDR - London 2007/2008
CBT training - London
EFT training - 1 and 2 stages
Couple Counselling Diploma - Counselling Works 2014