About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and cognitive behavioural therapist with many years experience working with clients using an integrative approach. I have had a varied career working in a range of different settings including:

  • healthcare services
  • public services
  • charitable agencies
  • clinical supervision 
  • private practice

Over the years, I have gained extensive experience supporting people with emotional and psychological issues, working psychodynamically (linking present difficulties with the past). I believe that it is important to understand and accept past experiences and history in order to fully appreciate and make sense of the present situation, and therefore be able to plan for the future using CBT therapy.

I offer a safe and confidential space where you can explore what is important to you, and through this increase your self-awareness and knowledge about your own needs.

I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedures therein. I am also a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor. As an Accredited member of BACP I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and seek to develop and inform my work with my clients. As the Accreditation requires, I have frequent and ongoing supervision of my work.

Rita da Silva- Counsellor/ Psychotherapist And CBT Therapist

Training, Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative counselling
  • Certificate in Person-centred and Psycho-dynamic Counselling
  • Foundation degree in CBT, Dip in NLP and Intercultural Counselling
  • Certificate in clinical supervision
  • Certificate in couple counselling

I have five years of professional training, which included substantial clinical experience and personal psychoanalytic therapy, as well as theoretical and academic attainment.

Areas of expertise

  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Gender and identity
  • Anxiety
  • Life changes
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Self-awareness
  • Domestic violence
  • Bullying
  • Stress
  • Victims of crime
  • Abuse – sexual, physical and emotional
  • Addictions
  • Bereavement
  • Cultural and identity issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Anger management
  • Sexuality