Brenda Bueno

BA (hons). PGCE. Cert. Couns. P.G. Dip. Couns.

Registered Member MBACP (Accred).

Registered Insurance Healthcare Provider

COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY IN OAKWOOD, NORTH LONDON N14,

nr. Southgate, Barnet, Enfield, Muswell Hill, Hertfordshire, by telephone & Online

Bramley Road

Oakwood

London

N14 4HS

Counselling & Psychotherapy

A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life

Thinking about having counselling or therapy?

The support I offer can help you to improve your life, communicate more effectively, remove barriers to living as you would want & enable you to become truly empowered to take control of your life.


We all need different types of help at various times throughout our life. I believe that we each hold our own answers but that it can sometimes seem impossible to reach these answers without the special kind of help that therapy or counselling can offer.

My North London psychotherapy and counselling practice in Oakwood, which was previously reached by the Piccadilly Tube Line close to Southgate, Cockfosters, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Potters Bar and within easy reach of Muswell Hill, Finchley, the North Circular and the M25, is now Online and available to clients from not only across London, Potters Bar, Barnet, Southgate, Enfield and Hertfordshire, but also from anywhere at all in the world regardless of area or country.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

The honest and supportive relationship that therapy and counselling offer provides the opportunity to explore and understand the difficulties you may be experiencing. This process encourages personal growth, offers the possibility of change and supports the ultimate aim of you no longer needing therapy or counselling in order to get on with your life feeling confident and at ease with the world.

Counselling

…is very effective for helping to resolve a problem or an issue, which adversely affects you life, without too much deep exploration of the root cause.

Therapy

…is perhaps more appropriate if the problem is a deeper one which you have encountered before, or if it has been a longstanding issue. Through therapy the root causes can be explored and ways of working towards effective and sustainable changes discovered.

I believe that there is no one single approach to counselling and therapy equally suitable for all clients. In recognition of this fact, and in order to meet my individual client’s needs as fully as I am able to, I work with an integration of approaches including Humanistic, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Humanistic Psychotherapy

“…encourages people to explore their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis is on self-development and achieving highest potential.”

Person-Centred Counselling

“…allows the client to freely express emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to perceive (themself) as a person, with the power and freedom to change.”

Psychodynamic Therapy

“…stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in determining current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship.”

(Definitions taken from BACP- Explanation of Theoretical Approaches)

My Practice

By working together we can turn things around for you, unlock your inner resources and help you to live more fully and comfortably with yourself. My aim is to help you to help yourself to make the necessary changes in your life that will enable you to realise your wishes.


As an experienced professional counsellor and therapist I now work remotely by audio or video through Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime etc. I am always committed to understanding the world from your perspective whilst offering my empathy, support, impartiality and confidentiality. I work with each client as an individual who needs to feel heard, understood, respected and valued.


Working remotely with you requires you to find a suitably private space, be it at home, at work or even in your car, in order for us to create a peaceful therapeutic space in which you can comfortably express yourself to someone who is unconnected to your life and who will not be over-whelmed, shocked or judgmental of anything you say.


An initial consultation carries absolutely no obligation to commit to further sessions as it is an opportunity for us to meet, for you to tell me about some of the issues that are concerning you, to ask any questions you may have and for us to discuss whether therapy or counselling might be helpful for you.


As an experienced counsellor and therapist I work with individuals, couples and families on a wide range of issues including:

Loss

Stress

Abuse

Anxiety

Confidence

Bereavement

Relationships

Depression

Communication

Low Self-Esteem

Self Development

Disordered Eating

Domestic Violence

Adjustment to Life Changes

My location

Bramley Road

Oakwood

London

N14 4HS


and worldwide online.

As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work to the Code of Ethics and Practice as laid down by the BACP.

Availability

Regular sessions are either on an open-ended basis or within a time-limited framework. Early morning and day appointments are offered subject to availability.

I also provide a limited number of concessionary rates for students & unwaged clients.

Fees

Single Counselling Sessions

Initial and Subsequent Sessions (50 minutes)

£70
per session

Couples Counselling Sessions

Initial and Subsequent Sessions (50 minutes)

£90 per session

Get in touch

I hope that you have found my website helpful and that you will contact me if you feel my services could be of benefit to you.


If you would like to discuss making an initial appointment with me then please telephone me on: 07940 897176

If you get my voicemail please leave your name and telephone number and I will return your call as soon as I can.


If you prefer to email me please do so to:

[email protected]

Some frequently asked questions

How many sessions will I need ?

Some clients find that a short number of sessions (as in time-limited work) are sufficient whilst some feel more comfortable with an open-ended arrangement. The number of sessions you require needs to be tailored to meet your needs and can be discussed during the initial meeting.

Is therapy confidential ?

Yes. Whatever is said in sessions remains private between client and therapist, except that the work may be discussed in clinical supervision, with the client’s identity protected, in accordance with the BACP ethical guidlines. In the rare situation where a client may be at risk of being hurt, hurting themselves or another person then the therapist may not be able to ensure complete confidentiality. Should a client divulge a connection with acts of terrorism then confidentiality cannot be retained, in accordance with the law.

Do I need to be referred by my doctor ?

No, however it is advisable that you inform your doctor that you are seeing a therapist if you are undergoing medical treatment.

Do I need to have a major problem to be in therapy ?

No. Clients come into therapy for a great many different reasons. Some clients use sessions to assist their personal development, improve their confidence and build their self-esteem. Regardless of the issues you bring to therapy it must be stressed that seeking help doesn’t mean you are failing or weak, indeed, quite the opposite. It marks a decision that you have made to take control of your life.

What happens in the first session ?

The first appointment is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. This allows us to meet, talk about what has brought you into therapy, what you would like from therapy and discuss whether therapy may be of help to you. Many clients experience a great sense of relief at having made initial contact and talking through their issues. However, this session may only scratch the surface for some clients. For this reason you may be offered a further four sessions before we decide the best way forward and whether therapy may be helpful to you.

What if I don’t like being in therapy ?

Therapy can feel uncomfortable to begin with. This is quite understandable as you may be examining feelings which you have been holding onto for some time, many of which you may never have been fully aware of before. It is important that you talk to your therapist about anything that comes up for you as much of the work is about being fully supported in facing whatever you encounter. You can stop therapy at any time, however, it is always best to discuss your decision with the therapist in order to work towards a suitable ending.

“It felt such a big step for me to decide to see Brenda, I had spent years internalising and trying to improve things by myself and felt I had hit a wall. In a safe, non judgmental and welcoming environment the listening, support and gentle guidance from Brenda helped me see things with clarity… Almost like having an “angel on my shoulder”. I am so grateful that I invested the time in Counselling. Brenda is a superstar and I can’t recommend her enough.”

“I’ve been through so much in my life, losing my dad at the age of 8 years old, having a difficult relationship with my mum for years, a rollercoaster relationship with my other half…. Talking to Brenda and knowing she won’t judge me on anything I say makes me confident in opening up more than anything and letting my feelings out. I really would like to thank her for all the help she’s given me and I would recommend therapy to anybody who is struggling in life.”

“At a time of turmoil and not knowing which way to turn I contacted Brenda and have been seeing her for the past 6 years. She has ultimately been a guiding light and always there for me when I needed help, whether it was face to face or over the phone. I consider Brenda to be my rock throughout those six years and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone else in need of support and strength, the two things lacking in my life six years ago.”

“Meeting Brenda was crucial for my family life. My relationship with my very naughty 7 year old daughter was in a bad state. There was a lot of arguing and stress nearly every day. After sessions with Brenda our communication is much better, I feel much closer to my daughter and understand her needs. My life is much happier with less stress and more joy. Thank you so much Brenda for the fantastic support and change in our family life.”

“Counselling has changed my life and me for the better and for that I have Brenda to thank.”

“Just like to say how invaluable my sessions with Brenda have been. Made me see things from a different perspective and appreciate other peoples points of view. While being able to voice my problems to someone outside of the family.”

“Brenda has been very helpful to me, very easy to speak to and comforting, and I would highly recommend her to anyone.”

“I started seeing Brenda at a difficult time in my life. I had lost both my grandfather and a baby within a matter of weeks and felt like my life was falling into a downward spiral. Having the opportunity to talk to someone who passed no judgement and listened with empathy was crucial in enabling me to make sense of my emotions and thoughts and take back control of my life. Thank you.”

“I received counselling sessions from Brenda during a difficult time in my life, including a very close bereavement, and redundancy from work. I can honestly say, that the sessions and the different views Brenda presented me with to consider, have equipped me to move on with my life. Thank you Brenda you were my life line at a difficult time.”

“I have nothing but praise and gratitude for Brenda’s skill and experience. She has been there from the first time with reassurance at the time of utter confusion and worry for us and she found a route out. I would always recommend her, she has been fabulous and a true professional.”

“Life no longer controls me, my emotions and my decisions. I am now in control of my life.”

“When I started seeing Brenda I was lost…over time I found that I was a happy person with the tools to deal with relationships, emotions and life.”

“I have nothing but praise and gratitude for Brenda’s skill and experience. She has been there from the first time with reassurance at the time of utter confusion and worry for us and she found a route out. I would always recommend her, she has been fabulous and a true professional.”

“I knew I needed help: I was desperate to make sense of so many things in my life……I now feel in control of my life and able to cope with what life throws at me. I know that without Brenda’s help I would still be constantly struggling with my demons. Brenda knows more about my life than anyone else I know – it has been cleansing and extremely therapeutic to have shared so much with her without having to be judged or worry in a way you would talking to a friend or a family member. I could be totally honest and in return Brenda has made sense of so many things that were seemingly very complicated. I will really miss my weekly sessions with Brenda – it has been a long journey and I now feel ready to cope on my own…I finally understand who I really am.”

“Taking the first step in going to see Brenda was the best thing I’ve ever done, she has changed my life around where I thought there was no hope, she has helped me become a more happier, stronger and positive person and how to deal with situations, and for this I am very grateful.”

“My life has been a pretty bumpy journey with many unfortunate situations challenging my emotions. Even the strongest people can crumble sometimes and may need a point in the right direction, someone to put a perspective on certain things, someone to look at your life from another angle, someone to just listen and lend a helping hand to tidy up all those loose ends that haunt you from time to time. Brenda did this for me, she made me see my life clearer and helped me focus on the positive and now has helped me move forward in my life. She has helped me begin the journey to finding myself again and I thank her for this.”

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