Imani Counselling

counselling clapham common

About Counselling
My Counselling Style

I am an Integrative Counselling practitioner which means that I draw on a variety of counselling approaches/therapies (Person-centred, Art therapy, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic and Inter-cultural) to suit the individual needs of my clients.

"The life which is unexamined is not worth living" - Plato

I feel that in counselling one is searching for the meaning of life; that life is a classroom and we are all here to learn certain lessons. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. It is designed to be challenging so that we all grow into more conscious human beings. However, growth is usually not a comfortable experience. It can be scary and painful but necessary in order to give "birth" to something new.

Growth always costs us something. To experience real happiness, you must first connect with why you feel what you feel even when that’s painful. Pain is information: it leads you to what is keeping you from becoming your best self. My belief is that obstacles won’t dissolve until they teach you what they came to teach you.

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" - Albert Einstein

Given my belief that we are all students in the Class of Life, I choose not to see myself as an expert, but agree with Irvin Yalom who feels that “the patient and therapist are “fellow travellers” in therapy – they’re both human beings dealing with essential problems of existence and must work cooperatively to solve them” .

My definition of a good working relationship is one in which you the client experiences me as non-judgemental, warm, transparent and empathic. I aspire and strive to bring out the best in you and the only way this can truly happen is through your trust and faith in me.

Although I am a professional counsellor, I still strive to be "myself" in the way that I work and who I am. I hope that my being "real" with you will help you feel relaxed with me that you even dare to take some risks in order to achieve your happiness and fulfilment.

I encourage you to listen to that small voice within you - your `inner teacher’ in order that you receive your `in-tuition’ so as to foster greater self-reliance. By allowing you the opportunity to look inward and listening to your heart, I will help you to come up with your own `soul’utions . By becoming more wise, truthful and insightful, you will become more powerful. As you learn new inner skills to manage your life more effectively, you are empowering yourself!

Creative Interests

As a counsellor, I like to work creatively and offer clients the opportunity of doing so through such mediums as journal writing, poetry, art, film, music and creative writing. These tools can be powerful in that they can help to express and unearth deep, painful and difficult emotions in counselling.

Music Therapy
For example, one of my clients chose to express the ending of therapy using music therapy and he chose the lyrics of the song I Hope you dance sung by Ronan Keating.

" ... I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake
But it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance ..."

Benefits of counselling can include:

  • a private place to talk about personal issues

  • gaining new perspectives and insights

  • feeling happier, more alive and in control

  • discovering your inner strengths

  • improving the health of your relationships

  • finding your voice

  • dealing with conflict

  • enhanced relationships

  • emotional and spiritual freedom

  • enhanced communication and emotional intelligence

  • identifying and breaking unhealthy patterns

  • identifying unhealthy relationships

  • peace of mind

  • personal growth

  • falling in love with you

  • finding your passion

  • a better work/life balance

  • the end of procrastination

  • unblocking areas in your life where you feel stuck

  • understanding who I am and why I behave the way I do

  • self-liberation

  • managing your anger

  • managing your stress

  • understanding and dealing with grief

  • understanding perfectionism

  • understanding the impact of the past

  • enhancing your intuition

  • standing up for your life

  • Client Testimonials

    ... "Marcia is creative in the work that she does with me. I find her to be encouraging when you are ready to give up. She believes in helping you to keep pushing on ... Marcia is someone that I will never forget. Marcia makes me feel comfortable enough to confide in her; telling her things that I hold in and are too ashamed to tell others. She makes me explore parts of myself which is helping me to grow into a more positive individual. Thank you Marcia" from Ashleigh

    "... You have helped me in so many different and amazing ways. You helped me to focus my thoughts, understand who I am and see clearly what I want out of life. You listened to me so thoughtfully and by showing that you understood, helped me understand myself. You did this with such wonderful patience, encouragement and enthusiasm. I feel that we made a great team and I will remember you and the experience forever. For everything that we have achieved and for the exciting times that lie ahead in the future, I thank you" from James

    Recommended Reading for the Soul

    The Circle of One - Kuumba Nia

    You Can Heal your Life - Louise L.Hay

    One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth - Iyanla Vanzant

    In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want - Iyanla Vanzant

    Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers

    Be Your Own Life Coach - Fiona Harrold

    Writing as a Way of Healing - Louise De Salvo

    Nothing Left Over: A Plain and Simple Life - Toinette Lippe

    The Self-Esteem Journal: Using a Journal To Build Self-Esteem - Alison Waines

    Self-Esteem Bible: Build Your Confidence Day by Day - Gael Lindenfield

    Stand Up for Your Life - Cheryl Richardson

    In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want - Iyanla Vanzant

    How to Mend Your Broken Heart: Overcome Emotional Pain at the End of a Relationship - Paul McKenna & Hugh Willbourn

    Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think - Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky

    Life Lessons: How our Mortality Can Teach us about Life and Living - Elizabeth Kubler Ross & David Kessler

    Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure - Robert de Board

    What Should I Do With My Life? - Po Bronson

    Movie Therapy: How it Changes Lives - Bernie Wooder

    Night - Elie Wiesel

    Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workbook (Insight Guide) - Louise Hay

    The 7 Ahas of Highly Enlightened Souls: How to Free Yourself from All Forms of Stress - Mike George

    Personal Development All-In-One for Dummies - Rhena Branch, Mike Bryant, Kate Burton & Peter Mabbutt

    How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie

    You Can If You Think You Can - Norman Vincent Peale

    Audio-Tapes by Iyanla Vanzant: Giving To Yourself; Living From Your Center; Finding Faith in Difficult Times. Iyanla Lives series: Transformation; Back to Basics; Our Relationship With Money; Gratitude and Forgiveness.

    The Pain Behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression - John Lynch & Christopher Kilmartin

    Souls of My Brothers: Black Men Break Their Silence, Tell their Truths and Heal Their Spirits - Dawn Marie Daniels, Robert Agee & Candace Sandy

    The New Diary - How to use a Journal for Self guidance and Expanded Creativity - Tristine Rainer

    My Therapy - Marian Davies

    How to get What You Want and Want What You Have - John Gray

    What's Your Purpose? Seven Questions to Find Your Answer - Richard Jacobs

    Who is it that can tell me who I am? - Jane Haynes

    Affirmations. How to Expand Your Personal Power and Take Back Control of Your Life - Stuart Wilde

    The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time - Cheryl Richardson

    Being in Balance - Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Soul Pupose: Self affirming rituals, meditations and creative exercises to revive your spirit - Jackee Holder

    Families and How to Survive Them - Robin Skynner & John Cleese

    Grief:Rebuilding Your Life After Bereavement - Dr R.M. Youngson

    The Naked Truth: an exercise in therapeutic storytelling and the principles involved in becoming finally free - Eva Dillner

    The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking: Skilful thoughts for Successful Living - Christopher Hansard

    How Did I Get Here? Finding Your Way To Renewed Hope and Happiness When Life and Love take Unexpected Turns - Barbara De Angelis

    Exploring the Self through Photography. Activities For Use in Group Work - Claire Craig.

    Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know: Ten Principles for Total Spiritual and Emotional Fulfilment - Barbara De Angelis

    Why Forgive? Johann Christoph Arnold

    How to Cope With Splitting Up - Vera Peiffer

    How to Love and be Loved - Dr. Paul Hauck

    Into the Hearts of Men - T.D.Jakes

    Spiritual Lessons for My Sisters: How to get Over the Drama and Live Your Best Life! Natasha Munson.

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