Alina Barrowcliff, UKCP, MBACP, SEA
Alina is a qualified Existential Psychotherapist accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She is a registered member of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the Society of Existential Analysis. (SEA) Alina adheres to their codes of conduct and ethical guidelines.
Alina has experience of working with individuals, young people and adults of all ages of varied cultural backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities, experiencing many different problems and concerns. She offers short, time limited and open-ended therapy.
“ I will give you the space and time to talk and be heard. I will do all I can to facilitate your search to understand the choices you have made and what you want from your life. I believe that respect for the individual, understanding, being honest and real are important qualities that underlie how I will engage with you”
Life takes many paths sometimes leaving us in unexpected and difficult places. Where you are now will be the focus of your work, which will centre on you and how you experience all aspects of your life. It is a holistic approach that sees body, mind, emotions and spirit as inseparable aspects of being that all require care and concern. Alina will not use tick-box solutions, fixed theories or preconceived ideas about your situation.
Alongside her private practice in London at 10 Harley Street, WI and at Active VIII, Henley-on-Thames, she volunteers for an affordable community counselling service for adolescents and young people.
Alina has trained in different models of psychotherapy including psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic, relational, attachment and cognitive behavior therapies. However she primarily works from within the existential tradition, which explores being human and all that entails. She is particularly interested in how deep-seated ways of being in the world become habitual, feel inexplicable, unchangeable and rob life of meaning. By understanding how you are in the world with yourself and others you can develop greater agency, choice, freedom and fulfillment.
Alina has experience of working with the following life issues.
- Anxiety and panic attacks.
- Depression, isolation and loneliness
- Self esteem
- Self harm and suicidal thinking
- Life transitions and changes, such as adolescence, marriage, divorce, career choices and change, parenthood, menopause, mid-life, retirement and ageing.
- Trauma, dissociation and abuse, emotional, physical, sexual
- Identity issues: gender, sexuality, culture.
- Relationships difficulties: home, work, family, social life.
- Health and wellbeing: disease and illness, psychosomatic
- Grief, bereavement and loss
- Lack of meaning: for instance coping with trauma, a high pressured job, past events or just a sense that you are not living life the way you would like.
“Whatever your problem in living by explaining your situation in a safe, warm, caring and non-judgmental professional environment, together we will search for new possibilities. Existential therapy offers a space where you can speak, feel and think freely, perhaps for the first time.”
Before training as a psychotherapist Alina trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA). She has experienced the demands of working in the City, multi-national companies, and small and start-up businesses. This has given her a particular understanding of those who are seeking to make a career change and find a more meaningful life.
Alina has three adult children and enjoys spending time at home in the Chilterns with her husband and dogs.
- Registered member UKCP
- Registered member BACP
- Member SEA (Society of Existential Analysis)
- 5 years clinical training at Regents University, Foundation in Integrative Psychotherapy, MA/Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy
- CBT Skills
- One year Infant observation with OXPIP
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
- MA (Oxon) Modern History, Balliol College, Oxford University.
For more information please visit www.alinabarrowcliff.com