Stephen Aravena

Stephen Aravena

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Bishops Stortford

Bishops Stortford CM23
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

What can you expect from me? I am easy to talk to, non-judgmental, respectful and really maintain the focus of the work on helping you understand yourself better. This is the only way change happens. And when it does, you will be able to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

A crucial part of the work is our relationship. Making you feel comfortable and able to talk to me, is my first priority. This will help us work together towards our agreed goals. I say 'us' and 'our' because, although you are the focus of therapy, I will be with you every step of the way.

Practice description

I come from an Integrative background, which simply means that I don't have a pre-conceived idea about where problems come from. We are all different and our experiences are all very unique to us, so there is no one correct way of doing things. You and I would talk together and soon come to an understanding of where your predicament may lie; what might be 'under the bonnet'. We will then begin to think about things in way that allows you to challenge some of your limiting thoughts and behaviours. You will be surprised how soon you will begin to think and feel differently; more positively. You will have a healthier relationship with your emotions. 

My first session

I offer a 30-minute free consultation. This session will give you an opportunity to get to know a little bit about the way I work, and also allow me to understand a little about what brings you to therapy. You can also ask me any questions you may have about me, the process of therapy, or any other question you may have.  

At the end of that first session, you can then decide if and how you would like to move forward with therapy. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Existential, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Families, Organisations, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy

Languages spoken

English, Spanish