Relationship between the client and the counsellor is essential for a successful outcome. I'm Alicja, the practitioner that you'll work with if you choose therapy at Lisbon Counselling, so let me tell you a little more about myself and how I work with clients.
How do I work?
I have an active therapy & coaching private practice in the centre of Lisbon. I am an integrative therapist with a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from the UK and a MSc in Clinical Psychology from Poland, and a certified Brainspotting Practitioner. In my therapeutic work I use a unique blend of person centred conversational approach with brain-based BSP therapy, which utilises points in the client's visual field to access unprocessed material in the subcortical brain and to help regulate their nervous system.
I create a highly-attuned client/counsellor relationship and a safe, nurturing and non-judgemental environment, in which we explore problems, we access unprocessed issues and we work together towards gaining insight, finding relief and the changes the client desires.
Who can benefit from this type of therapy?
I offer a unique combination of person centred interview and a Brainspotting technique (BSP). Brain-based therapy such as BSP is the fastest growing area of psychological health because of its proven ability to address issues that pure talking therapy can take years to resolve. Offering my clients both relational and neurobiological attunement allows us to engage both hemispheres of the brain for deeper, more intuitive and accelerated healing process.
Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma deep in the brain and help to focus, process and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind. BSP promotes self-regulation of the nervous system and neuroplasticity by re-organising neural networks in the brain. Some clients like to engage in talking during BSP sessions and some prefer to remain quiet and to be more focused on their internal process. As a person centred practitioner, I see my clients as fundamentally capable and equal to the counsellor and we work together as a team towards their healing, empowerment and thriving.
Counselling for the international community in Portugal. Why choose to talk to me?
I see myself as a multicultural person. I spent my childhood and teenage years in Poland. In my adult life I have lived in Scotland, England and Portugal. Migration is a major life event and I can relate to the experience of moving and settling into a new country. I’m aware that it can be both an exciting and challenging time and I enjoy helping international communities in Portugal in navigating their new reality and a different culture.
The majority of this website is written in English. However, this page includes essential information about therapy in Polish.
Clients can choose from appointments in Lisbon's city centre therapy room (off Avenida de Liberdade) or online sessions. Working online through Zoom or WhatsApp allows me to successfully offer expat therapy to clients locally as well as in other parts of Portugal such as Porto, Coimbra, the Silver Coast or the Algarve.
What is my background?
I trained as a counsellor in the historic city of York in England and I hold a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I continued my professional education in Warsaw, Poland and I also hold a MSc in Clinical Psychology and PG Dip in Coaching and Leadership. During my training I worked in the National Health Service in England, seeing clients in two busy GP clinics, and I am qualified and experienced in therapy for adults. I am also a trained Brainspotting Practitioner.
Before I became a therapist, I earned a degree in BA (Hons) in Business Management from a university in Edinburgh and I enjoyed a 10+ years career in entrepreneurship and marketing. Today, my business acumen and first-hand knowledge of workplace pressures enable me to empathise with clients who face challenges at work.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and my qualifications and clinical work comply with the strict requirements and ethical framework for mental health professionals. Professional body membership, insurance and regular supervision enable me to conduct a safe and professional practice.
Please feel free to call/WhatsApp, email me or use the form.
I will aim to respond within 24hrs Monday - Friday. For mental health emergencies please contact your local health centre.
In-person sessions are available by prior arrangement at:
Nearest Metro stations: Avenida and Marquês de Pombal.