Meet the therapist series: Adriana Amorin
Why did you become a Psychotherapist?
Since a very young age I have always been curious to understand why people act in certain ways. After graduating, I worked with marketing and was fascinated to observe consumer’s behavioural patterns. Some years later, I realised I also wanted to study and comprehend human nature at a deeper level, hoping to be able to assist others in making sense of confusing and distressing experiences. Having being through some difficult and challenging times myself, I wanted to help others to find meaning and purpose in their lives and to make positive changes.
What do you find interesting and attractive about the profession?
Getting to know people at their most vulnerable times, having the honour and the privilege of being part of the process of transformation and growth in others, learning about life’s dilemmas and the choices people make, building and working on the therapeutic relationship with all the challenges and rewards it entails, there is so much more….
What is your general philosophy and how would you use that to approach a normal session?
I believe human beings are capable of learning and adapting to change and difficult circumstances as we progress through life. I also believe we develop “scripts” from a very young age to deal with these challenges. However, as we grow up and become adults these coping mechanisms become outdated and often destructive. I see the therapeutic process as an opportunity to become more aware and review these survival strategies and to make necessary adjustments, moving to more conscious choices about how we respond to life’s challenges and the people around us.
Who would you normally work with?
I work with adults individually as well as with couples. People usually come to see me suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions, low self-esteem, bereavement & loss, compulsive behaviours, amongst others.
What are your strengths as a Therapist?
I’ve been described from previous clients as skilful, warm, helpful and understanding. I like to think of myself as enabling, supporting, genuine and accepting as a therapist.
What do you want for the future of Therapy?
That the profession and the people who come for therapy are perceived in a more humanised and integrated manner, that treatment is less based on a medical model that diagnoses, prescribes and treat diseases and symptoms, as opposed to helping and supporting the individuals with the challenges of existing in the world.
More about Adriana:
Adriana is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist offering both in-Person and online therapy and a registered member of the BACP. She works with individuals and couples drawing from psychoanalytic and existential approaches.
She has trained in Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy and in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has received additional specialist training in Bereavement & Loss, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. She enjoys continually expanding on her training and development.