Dr Alessia Coelho
Dr Alessia Coelho
Counselling Endorsed Psychologist
BSc, MBA, ConvDip, DCounsPsy
Alessia has earned a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in the United Kingdom (University of Wales), where she has practiced from 2007 to early 2019. She has gained clinical experience within the National Health System (UK), the charity sector and private healthcare services, providing short and long term weekly psychological treatment to a wide variety of client groups. For five years Alessia practiced in a bereavement service, an area of ongoing interest. For three years she was the lead psychologist in a mental health hospital, providing assertive rehabilitation for service users with complex mental health needs. For four years Alessia ran a private practice in central London, working with a wide range of issues, typically including life stress and crisis, anxiety, depression, bereavement and relationship problems.
Main Areas of Interest
Clinical areas of special interest: 1. Bereavement counselling (and other significant life losses) 2. Terminal/chronic illness 3. Working with migrants 4. Sexual orientation 5. Life transition and adjustment issues 6. Post natal depression In addition to English, Alessia can also work with clients in Portuguese or Spanish.
Approach to Therapy
Alessia was trained in and is experienced with existential, humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural approaches, holding particular interest in mindfulness and the third wave of behaviour therapies. Alessia sees the therapeutic process as being a collaboration, a unique piece of work that is jointly created between the therapist and the client. Although the practitioner’s experience, education, and credentials are important, therapy is a person-to-person relationship before it is anything else. No matter how the problem or issue initially presents itself, therapy can be an opportunity to connect us to important life questions about what is meaningful to us, and how we want to live.