GABRIELA ENACHE

Gabriela is a Counselling Psychologist in training, in her second year of her Doctorate at City, University of London. She is an in-training member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Born in Romania, Gabriela graduated with a first honours degree in Psychology and Social Sciences in 2009. During her Bachelors, Gabriela worked with terminally ill adults and children in a hospice where she learnt the value of palliative and holistic care, as well as the importance of involving carers in service development. She then gained a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College of London in 2012 that, building on her passion for psychology, enhanced her knowledge of research, neurodevelopment and evidence-based interventions. Before starting her Doctorate in 2018, Gabriela worked in diverse roles and settings across the private, charity, educational and NHS sectors.

Gabriela describes herself as a compassionate integrative practitioner dedicated to developing collaborative therapeutic relationships that foster her clients’ sense of agency and empowers them to attain their personal goals. Gabriela is trained in a range of evidence-based approaches, such as: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Systemic and Narrative therapeutic approaches. As a mindfulness and yoga practitioner, she believes in integrating the science of mind and body in therapeutic settings. She aims to enhance her clients’ awareness of their inner potential and has a strength-based approach to overcoming difficulties.

Whilst her background in neuroscience and research allows her to draw on evidence-base interventions, Gabriela is not protocol driven but rather aims to tailor her approach to the individual needs and challenges of her clients. As an activist and practitioner, Gabriela recognises the role and the importance of socio-political, cultural and religious backgrounds and takes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding mental health.

Gabriela moved to the UK in 2010 and has since worked in a variety of mental health settings in the NHS (acute inpatient, rehabilitation and outpatients’ settings), where she has had the opportunity to engage with clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, across lifespan. This has given her the opportunity to develop a culturally sensitive approach to a range of difficulties, such as: depression, anxiety, bipolar, chronic trauma, PTSD, OCD, psychosis, selective mutism, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, self-harm, eating disorders and grief.

Currently, Gabriela lives and studies in London.

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