About Me and What I Do

My name is Jacqui Avanzato and I am a qualified Humanistic Integrative counsellor working with a people who have a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties. These include depression, anxiety and many other kinds of emotional distress (such as bereavement or difficult life events).

As an Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), I have been recognised for achieving high standards of knowledge, experience and development in my practise.

In addition to my work for the NHS IAPT Service, I have well established private practice in Hendon NW4.

Prior to this, I practised in a GP surgery and at Action for Blind People (within the Royal National Institute for the Blind headquarters,  Central London).

How a Humanistic Integrative counselling works and may differ from other types of therapy.

Like many counsellors, I offer a positive, open and safe relationship in which you can understand and tackle your emotional and personal difficulties. Having the space to talk openly about what is going on for you, without judgement or emotional restraint, may be exactly what you need to start to move forward.

Humanistic therapists believe that everyone has the innate drive and ability to reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances may be. That while our earliest years inevitably shape the people we become, it is how we relate to our past that defines the present.

Therefore, understanding how you became the person you are today may help us gain a deeper understanding or new perspective on your problems.  This insight often provides relief but it may also increase your ability to make peace with the past and influence choices and relationships in the future.

All of this is achieved by you talking about how you feel about your problems. You will be entirely in charge of what we discuss and be able to talk about the things that are important to you to reach your therapeutic goals.

Counselling is more than just a friendly chat though. We may explore different areas of your life, such as family, society, culture, relationships and significant life events. In addition, we might draw from a variety of ideas and techniques to tailored our work best with your individual needs and style. This might include identifying and challenging negative thought cycles or behaviour patterns or learning ways to better managing difficult emotions.

Together we will work towards finding a better way of being, defined by your needs and aspirations and characterised by authenticity, self worth and contentment.

Humanistic Integrative therapy is therefore a dynamic and effective approach to many different causes and degrees of emotional distress, some of which are listed below.

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Child related issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Learning difficulties
  • Low self-esteem or confidence
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Redundancy
  • Relationships
  • Self – esteem
  • Self harm
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Terminal or chronic illness
  • Work related stress
  • Decision making