"Welcome to our virtual office! Prime Counselling & Life Coaching was founded in 2007.
I am an Addictions Counsellor with more than a fifteen of experience in the field, graduated from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. I also hold a Diploma in both, Life Coaching and Addictions Counselling.
I have been a member of FDAP (Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals) since 2004. Currently I provide counselling/coaching services in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. I travel and network internationally in a quest to find the newest and most effective approaches for any given population. My passion is to provide comprehensive and top quality care using innovative and client-centered approaches.
I use a blend of different schools of psychological theory that I believe best affect change and that are supported by scientific evidence. I integrate elements of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioral approaches.
In the past I managed multidisciplinary teams, providing individual supervision and training." by Nuno Albuquerque
Counselling and Life Coaching are of great benefit to those seeking to change and develop themselves and their lives.
Counselling concerns itself more with exploring feelings and bring to light unconscious thought processes. These unconscious thoughts and beliefs may have caused distress or are unhelpful; bringing them into the open allows necessary change to begin.
Life coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal and/or professional goals. By its nature, it is goal orientated and solution focused approach.
Some of the reasons you may want to contact me:
• Mood & Eating Disorders/ Grief & Loss
• Relationship Difficulties
• Stress, Anxiety & Anger Management
• Addiction – to drugs, alcohol, prescribed medication, gambling, sex and other obsessive and compulsive behaviours.
Addiction and dependence of any kind is a complex problem usually involving a mixture of Emotional, Behavioral & Psychological factors, Social influences and Spiritually related issues. Addiction is a chronic disease with devastating consequences.
What I need to do?
Above all you need to ask for help. Admit that you have a problem. Speak to a friend, spouse, parent, family member, medical doctor, counsellor, anyone. They will guide in the right direction.
What I don't need to do?
Deny the problem and isolate. Recovery is possible but you or your loved one must be the first to do something about it.
Where to get treated and how much it costs? Each case is different regarding the level of care needed. From sessions of individual therapy to residential treatment, there are a multitude of options available. The same applies to costs. Treatment is available from £0 to £120000 a week pending on the need and setting that we are looking to.
My suggestion is that when it comes to our and other people health, money needs to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Determining if you or someone you love has an addiction can be a tricky proposition; however, the signs of addiction generally become quite clear over time. Specific signs of addiction will vary according to particular addictions but there are some common signs that are applicable across all addictions. These include:
Increased desire to participate in the activity or consume the substance
Difficulty when not involved with the substance or activity
Inability to control the addictive behavior
Major shifts in mood related to the presence or absence of the substance or activity
Negative effects to one's life due to the addiction (e.g., financial issues, relationship troubles, work problems, health decay, etc.)
If you identify one or more of these signs please do not hesitate in calling for help. It doesn't get any better!
- Pos-graduated in Humanistic Psychotherapy (equivalent to a Taught Master level) (Seen by BAPCA) Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia (Humanistic Institute of Psychotherapy); December 1997
Code of ethics: BACP and BPS (British Psychological Society)
Languages: Portuguese and English
Post-Graduated Counsellor Psychotherapist - MBACP (CYP) - nº: 572.407 & Reg. nº.089116; Graduated Basis for Chartered Psychologist - GBC - MBPSs - nº: 184.787; Child and Adolescent Specialist
"I have particular experience working with children and young people, and also with different forms of addiction, sexual abuse, depression, bereavement, trauma, relationship difficulties, stress, and anxiety; adoption, looked after children and young people (LAC)." by Alexandre F. Giseke Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer Consultant South East England
With over 21 years (over 13.000 hours) of practice with most areas of counselling (ie: couple, individual, group, adult, children and young people) in private and agency settings - including managerial posts. Ethos: Person-centred.