Sandra Otila Ortiz
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Relationship therapy and Psychosexual therapy for individuals and couples
MBACP, MBPsS, COSRT, ESSM
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you"
My therapeutic approach
"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being." Hafiz
I am a Psychotherapist trained in Islamic Counselling with Stephen Maynard and a Psychosexual Therapist in training at the Tavistock Relationships. At the heart of my way of engaging therapeutically is the Islamic Counselling model which provides opportunities to explore our experience of Self from a wide and rich therapeutic spectrum and its relationship with Soul. At a personal level, it has provided for me a way of being and relating at the level of the heart. For me, it is about being in a place of “heartfulness” in which Soul and Human attributes come together to dance attuned and in rhythm, in this way uncovering step by step the great potentiality of our Self. It is within the heart, that what we perceive as negative aspects of our self, limitations or negative experiences can become a golden treasure within.
Through experience of working with people, I have learnt that heart presence and relating from a place of human acceptance, is the one technique that can offer great transformation, as we all cherish being witnessed and accepted from the truth of our Self. In the therapeutic space, I become a mirror for you to witness yourself and we walk together safely and Trusting to discover and uncover your diverse realities, even those you are not aware of. The therapeutic process, the path you are intending to take, can sometimes be a difficult one, as we tend to have a difficult relationship with truth, but it can be a very rewarding and long lasting one.
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults and I am passionate about working with an awareness of culture, spiritual, gender and sexual diversity in the provision of mental health services. I am originally from Mexico and my close family is of a mixed and multicultural background. I graduated with a BSc Psychology Counselling and Therapies and I have been a counsellor since 2016. I have experience working with anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, domestic abuse and violence, sexual abuse and child sexual abuse, abandonment, bereavement, porn and sex compulsion and the struggle between religious/cultural beliefs and gender identification/sexual orientation. I have worked with people of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds although the majority of my work has been to provide therapy for the Muslim and BAME communities.
I am enthusiastic about the holistic approach into physical, psychological and spiritual well-being in my work. I am a Reiki practitioner Master level and a Qigong learner for many years. I believe on the importance of working with the body energetically and with movement, therefore, if required I may suggest and/or bring somatic ways of working therapeutically.
Besides English, I can provide therapy in Spanish. I am an active member of the BACP, BPS graduate membership, COSRT and ESSM.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy offers and non judgemental space for you to safely address any kind of difficult or challenging situation you may be passing through. It assist in understanding a situation or oneself better. It also helps to address depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences and common mental health problems.
Child therapy provides an space for a child to work through anxieties and process difficult experiences through imagination creativity and play. At this moment, I am not being able to provide this service as an appropriate space is important, and online therapy is not ideal for me. I may accept working with a child entering teenage time at discretion and depending of circumstances. Still, please do contact me as I may be able to direct you towards other therapists.
Psychosexual therapy offers an opportunity to address any kind of sexual issues such as painful sex, erectile problems, lack of desire, premature ejaculation, inability to have an orgasm, among others. It also helps to address the underlying psychological issues affecting individual's sexual and sensual relationship with oneself as well as their relationships. Through it, you can learn a more holistic way to nourish and relate to your sensuality and sexuality and tap into soul's Eros as well as navegate better your sensuality and sexuality within your relationship(s).
Relationship therapy supports the couple in any area of their life and relationship that is presenting at the moment challenging. It provides an space for the couple to listen to each other better and become aware of the nature of their relationship, in this way, decide the steps to take for a more conscious way of relating.
I welcome working with non conventional and/or cultural or religious relationship structures.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to speak to me so you can know me, my way of working and as well as fees.
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. U.K.