About Me

Stefania Santoro

I am a fully qualified Counsellor specialised in mental health issues. Following the completion of a BSc (hons) Degree in Psychology, I obtained a BACP recognised Diploma in Counselling. I am a registered  member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means I fully adhere to their code of ethics. I belong to the accredited register recognised by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.

Within my professional practice I demonstrate sensitivity to individual differences when working with clients of diverse ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and cultural background, treating all people with unconditional positive regards and respect.

I work holistically with the individual,  acknowledging the complexity of being human, as I believe that people are more than their diagnosis. I have the ability to work with clients with complex needs experiencing emotional and psychological unbalance. I use an Integrative approach, drawing from a variety of psychological interventions such as Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, according to the specific needs of the client in any particular moment.

I believe people have all the necessary resources within themselves to fully recover and achieve their goals in life. My role is to facilitate self awareness and inner exploration.

Mindfulness is a key concept in my work with client. It is only by accepting ourselves fully for who we are that the changes we are longing for will occur naturally.

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My background

I have 20 years of working experience within the mental health sector. I worked for a large multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team within the NHS offering psycho-social intervention to individuals with a clinical diagnosis.

I worked for several Charities Organisations such as MIND, Carers Centres and the Drugs and Alcohols Services for London,  where I provided one to one counselling to individuals  struggling with mental health issues, dependency problems and who have undergone traumatic life events. I also have extensive experience in counselling carers, young people and university students within an educational establishment as well as people having issues with their employer.


I have also been a group facilitator for many years. At present I facilitate Divorce Support Groups for people who are dealing with the break-up of a relationship whether it is through divorce or separation. I am also a co-organizer of Life Through a Lens personal development group which combines Gestalt therapy with Photography.

Areas of Counselling I deal with

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