About Me

I am an existential counsellor and writer based in West London. I work part-time in the NHS as well as having a private practice. There are two strands to my writing work: I write papers in the fields of psychology, philosophy and psychotherapy, and also write creative fiction. My first novel, The City of Saturdays, is represented by InterSaga literary agency.

I live with my cat, Pangur Bán, who is named after an old Irish poem. When I am not working I can usually be found curled up with a book, singing opera, writing punk-folk songs, watching things on Netflix, shopping for houseplants, or wandering by the river.

Selected Publications

  • The City of Saturdays, a novel represented by InterSaga (forthcoming)
  • de Courcier, S. (2022) ‘Not one of those girls: An existential-phenomenological exploration of my relationship with eyeliner’ Existential Analysis 33(1):98-111
  • Farias, M. et al. (2019) ‘Atheists on the Santiago way: Examining motivations to go on pilgrimage’ Sociology of Religion 80(1):28-44
  • Oviedo, L., de Courcier, S. & Farias, M. (2014) ‘Rise of pilgrims on the Camino to Santiago: Sign of change or religious revival?’ Review of Religious Research 56:433-442

Qualifications

  • MA Psychotherapy & Counselling (Existential) – Regent’s University (2022)
  • Certificate of Proficiency – BACP (2022)
  • Certificado: Fenomenología Existencial: Aplicación a la Psicoterapia y las Relaciones Interpersonales – Asociación Latinoamericana de Psicoterapia Existencial (ALPE) (2021) 
  • Foundation Certificate: Psychotherapy & Counselling – Regent’s University (2019)
  • Safeguarding Children – Stop It Now! (2012) 
  • Child Sexual Abuse And The Internet – The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (2012)
  • Eradicating Child Sexual Abuse – The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (2012)
  • Child Trafficking: Safeguarding Children: Advanced Level – ECPAT (2012)

I also attend various training events alongside my therapy work. Recent events I have attended include:

  • Reading Kierkegaard beyond scholarliness and scientism: Therapeutic love as a Socratic task (seminar): Devang Vaidya / SEA
  • Kierkegaard and love (workshop): Harvard University
  • Losing my religion: The experience of leaving the religion you were born into (seminar): Leanne Prosvic / SEA

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and an individual member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA), the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT), and Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR). I am a trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

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