Therapy provides a safe, confidential setting to explore and address issues that impact our lives and well-being. This can include negative childhood experiences, trauma, difficulties in relationships, with identity, loss and grief, feelings of sadness or depression. Therapy is a way to affect changes, voice fears and needs or resolve specific issues. The process is led by you, supported by me, working together to seek greater awareness and clarity, to facilitate change. The process will help you to connect with your authentic self, the best version of you.
I offer experience in exploring sexuality, gender and relationship choices in order to reach a place, not only of acceptance, but of freedom and celebration. Opportunity to explore aspects and experiences that have impacted negatively and been internalised due to judgement and discrimination. I am LGTBTQIA+ and GSRD Therapy (Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity)positive and am committed to supporting, understanding and evaluating the queer and non-heteronormative ways of living and existing. Your identity may not be the specific focus of any therapy, however it is reassuring to know that I am experienced, informed and confident about exploring diverse identities.
I am a trained Humanistic Transactional Analysis therapist, drawing on different approaches to effectively tailor counselling to meet individual needs. I have 25 years social care experience working in statutory services and the voluntary sector supporting adults with diverse and complex needs including mental health, domestic abuse, marginalisation, homelessness and addiction.
My therapy is feminist, queer-affirmative, body positive, sex positive and acknowledges the impact of systemic oppression such as white supremacy, heteronormativity and patriarchy. I strive to empower and support people to live life according to their own needs, desires and interests, holding as a core belief that difference and diversity are beautiful things to be nurtured. I provide a safe, non-judgemental environment in order to empower you to effect positive changes in your life.
Area's of focus include but are not limited to:
Cristina Tosti - Counsellor
I receive regular supervision and attend relevant training to maintain and develop my practice. I have an enhanced DBS certificate
As a qualified counsellor and BACP registered member, I adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.