MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE TEAM
Our team at The Flawed Journey are trained in different therapy modalities with a minimum of 2 years professional experience. Our therapists work in their own unique way and tailor their approach around what works best for you and aim to deliver only the most professional quality of services. Our team stay updated with weekly meetings, individual external supervision monthly and seek their own therapy when required to continue helping individuals who seek our services.
Founder, Director & Head Counsellor
Emma fully qualified within Professional Psychotherapeutic Counselling back in 2019 after studying at an advanced diploma level with Belfast Met College & CTAA and then soon after launched
"The Flawed Journey."
Emma is from Northern Ireland and went down the path of starting her career as a Mental Health Counsellor at a time when she was also battling with her own mental health and at this time found it difficult to locate young relatable therapists with services that included no waiting time and avoided charging large fees.
Emma decided upon qualifying to fill this gap and provide a service that is modern that will reach communities both locally and globally and a service that is accessible and affordable for all. Emma aims by providing a unique service that it will "normalise" talk therapy and shift the stigma around individuals seeking help.
When previously living abroad, Emma had worked in-person with clients in Sydney, Australia and done volunteering and agency work that enabled her to grow her skill set with a wide variety of clients from many different backgrounds. Emma has extensive experience of working with common issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, grief, trauma, abuse, expats abroad, relationship break ups, self - esteem issues, and most recently the C-19 response.
Emma uses an integrative approach in sessions which allows her as a Counsellor to explore where each client is and what they need as she believes in tailoring her approach around each client helps to bring the best outcome for each individual, as we all cope, feel and learn in different ways.
Emma believes that events in our childhood have a great influence on our adult lives and play a huge part in shaping our personality within our adult lives and is therefore drawn to work closely with clients who suffer from trauma or individuals who have experienced abuse.
Emma has recently completed trauma informed training. Trauma informed practice means that you are trained professionally to understand the impacts of interpersonal trauma and how this can impact and affect you as an individual and most importantly are able to help you understand what is happening and help reduce some of the symptoms of trauma that you may be experiencing.
Emma's therapeutic style is a Humanistic / Person-Centred therapy approach which focuses on the importance of providing each client with a non-judgemental safe space where they can get confidential support.
Emma believes by nature she is deeply empathic and ensures to bring her best self to each session as she believes this is important in order for clients to get the best results and to build a strong therapeutic relationship. Emma prioritises to build a strong congruent relationship with her clients to increase overall feelings of self-worth and to reduce the level of in-congruence between the ideal and actual self.
Outside of client work, Emma is continuously learning and seeking for new ways to improve her professional skills and overall practice. Emma is commencing full-time study within Clinical Psychology in October 2021 alongside her client work and is excited to expand her knowledge beyond Counselling and has ambitions to qualify as a Counselling Psychologist which will open up further career opportunities and also enable her to grow further professionally.
Emma has internationally recognised memberships with the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA), International Therapist Directory and a current student membership with BPS (The British Psychological Society) - currently working towards accreditation.
Emma is currently based in London and is working online remotely with both adults & adolescents via phone call and zoom video call sessions.
Next available appointment for new clients: Currently Available - Monday - Friday (Online)
Counsellor & CBT Therapist
Alysha has been working under The Flawed Journey since February 2021 as a Counsellor & CBT Therapist.
Alysha graduated from University of Ulster in 2014 after studying Social Psychology and completed a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2016.
Alysha had prior experience of working as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and has gained exceptional experience of delivering one to one client sessions with a broad range of individuals, who have a variety of different needs and mental health issues.
Alysha has had an interest in Psychology and Counselling from a young age, she has always aspired to having a person-focused career and one in which she feels like she can make a difference (however small that may be) to someone’s daily life.
After having her own experience of counselling when Alysha was younger she knew counselling was something she wanted to do as a career. Alysha is extremely passionate about mental health and believes mental health services should be accessible and affordable with realistic waiting times. Being able to be in a professional role where she can help make that a reality is incredibly important to her.
Alysha uses a Cognitive-Behavioural approach in sessions to explore client's thoughts, feelings, behaviours and find tools to help you feel more positive. The CBT approach is goal-oriented and aims to provide you with tools to apply to daily life long after therapy has finished.
Alysha believes CBT or ‘talking therapies’ can be hugely beneficial to help improve any individual’s mental well-being.
Alysha's therapeutic style is relaxed and informal with a focus on the ‘now’ and how we together can help you move forward more positively. She believes building a strong rapport with clients is key to effective counselling.
Alysha sees CBT is best when it is client-led and she always tailors session plans to suit the individual’s needs and pace. Alysha is always updating her theory and knowledge surrounding CBT and how to effectively deliver CBT in sessions.
Alysha loves being able to work with a broad range of clients with a variety of mental health issues, however, having experienced social anxiety and panic feels very equipped and drawn to help clients deal with these issues.
Alysha has a current membership with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland and is currently working towards obtaining professional accreditation with BABCP.
Alysha is based in Northern Ireland and is working with individuals via both phone call and zoom video. Check out further details about Alysha here.
Next available appointment for new clients: Currently Available - Monday - Sunday (Online)