Monika Smolar - Senior Associate Adolescents, Students, Younger and Older Individuals, Couples
Monika is accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with over twenty years experience working as a psychotherapist and counsellor with adolescents, students, younger and older adults and couples.
Monika’s experience includes counselling clients long and short term, facilitating groups, working with young people and adults in both private practice and public organisations. For the last fifteen years she has been working at the London School of Economics University counselling students and staff. Additionally, in the last two years she’s worked at Twyford High School, a secondary school, where she has counselled young people regarding anxiety, depression, suicidal feelings, peer difficulties, issues around sexuality, exam stress and all the developmental challenges of this stage of life. She has also worked at a Rape Crisis Centre, MIND, Turning Point with drug and alcohol issues.
Monika trained as a psychotherapist to work with adults on a Masters programme at Regents College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. She has also undertaken specialist trainings to work with adolescents and to do counselling in schools (Diploma in Adolescent and School Counselling from Metanoia), to do bereavement counselling and to work with families and couples. She also does critical incident debriefing and works with issues of self esteem and sexual violence. Monika works in an integrative way and adjusts the way she works to the client and their needs. She sometimes uses CBT or relaxation techniques such as Mindfulness. She often works in an existential and person-centred way. She is also very familiar with the psychodynamic approach and often works with psychodynamic ideas.
As an integrative therapist Monika combines a number of approaches, adjusting the way she works to the client’s needs and the issues they are bringing. She has a knowledge of Mindfulness and different relaxation techniques.
“We all need some help and support at different stages of our lives; we all need a safe space where we can talk to someone who is non-judgmental and outside of our situation, where we can explore and process what life throws at us and what we’re going through and learn how to manage and deal with the situation in a better and maybe healthier way. This is essential for our mental well-being and an important part of our good self-care.”
‘Counselling was amazing. I had a space where I could speak freely about the problems that I was suffering through. Monika is a very effective counsellor. She listens patiently and offers smart suggestions. She never invalidates my fears/ concerns and always probes to think of issues/ causes that I never considered before. I’m very thankful for the counselling’.
‘I didn’t think therapy would help me, but the therapist grasped and appreciated what I was going through. I found Monika supportive and helpful.’
‘I felt the therapist (Monika Smolar) was caring and wanted to help me sort myself out. The counselling changed so much in my life; the way I looked at things, how I saw myself. Monika gave me different tools and exercises to help me cope with the stress and anxiety I was feeling.’
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