Simi Valecha Johnson, MA, HCPC
About Simi Valecha Johnson
I’m an Integrative Arts Therapist accredited by the HCPC UK and have successfully worked with individuals and groups in Statutory Sector, Higher Education and private settings. I specialise in online therapy with adults and younger people transitioning into adulthood.
There are many reasons that bring people to therapy. An ongoing issue or past history which is now becoming too difficult to manage. A sudden traumatic loss or incident which has affected you profoundly or perhaps overwhelming feelings which are now impacting areas of your life and relationships. Or generally feeling very stuck or lost in a cycle of negativity which you cannot find a way out of.
Whatever has brought you here, things are harder to manage and you want something to be different, to let go of what is causing you difficulties, and to improve and change your quality of life and relationships.
You may have a supportive network of family and friends, however, talking openly about more difficult things may be very hard to do for fear of burdening others or maybe being judged or worse, being misunderstood and told to just ‘get over it’.
Whatever it is, you do not need to deal with your difficult feelings alone and help is available.
Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to process your thoughts and feelings about particular areas in your life that may be distressing or causing you problems.
I believe that each person’s lived experience is unique. By developing a shared understanding of your experiences, therapy can help you to make sense of your feelings and recognise patterns and behaviours that have built up over time. This can enable you to see your difficulties and challenges in a more manageable way.
I work in an integrative therapeutic way, which means that I believe one size does not fit all.
Your needs will be unique to you and I work to find suitably supportive interventions and enough appropriate challenge to help you along your path of self discovery, healing and change.
Sometimes words fail us and I may invite you to use the arts and metaphors and explore experimenting with imagery or imagination. These are proven to provide deeper insight and provide alternative perspectives and views, especially when it is hard to find the words for challenging feelings and material.
You might be thinking “The Arts? But I can’t draw”… That’s fine, you aren’t expected to. Do you watch movies, go to the theatre, listen to music and maybe even poetry? Then you engage with the arts in some way shape or form, and we may use some form of creativity to facilitate the therapeutic process if you so wish.
Perhaps you are rushed off your feet and too busy to make time for yourself, or getting out of bed seems the hardest thing to do... making time for therapy will be a very valuable investment in yourself, your wellbeing and your future.
Having sessions online from the comfort of your home or a quiet place at work where you will not be disturbed can be the start of small steps on a path of potential great change. Through the process of this journey of self discovery, we can explore the origins of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and find ways forward in a co-created, non-directive way to help you live a life that you want and deserve.
I look forward to hearing from you.
SpecialtiesAnxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues
Age Group FocusAdolescents, Adults
Treatment ApproachesArt Therapy, Attachment-based, Culturally Sensitive, Existential, Expressive Arts, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Multicultural, Psychodynamic, Relational
IssuesAcademic issues, Addiction, Anger Management, Career Counseling, Divorce, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, Immigration Issues, Racial Identity, Self Esteem