Sandra Otila Ortiz
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Relationship and Psychosexual therapy for individuals and couples.
MBACP, MNCSAcred, 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 Relationships and Psychosexual Therapist trained at the Tavistock Relationships. At the heart of my way of engaging therapeutically is a deep exploration of our experience of Self and its relational movement with Soul. At a personal level, it is about being and relating at the level of the heart or “heartfulness” in which Soul and human attributes come together to dance attuned and in rhythm. The aim is to uncover step by step the great potentiality of our Self and remove veils of perception that cloud our vision. It is within the heart, that what we perceive as negative aspects of our self, limitations or negative experiences, are in reality a golden treasure within.
Working at the level of heart presence and relating from a place of human acceptance allows us to be witnessed and accepted from the truth of who we are. In the therapeutic space, I aim to become a mirror for you to witness yourself and in the case of relationship therapy, your relationship. We walk together safely and trusting to discover and uncover your diverse realities, and/or realities within your relationship, even those you are not aware of yet.
The therapeutic process, both individual and relational 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 at Place to Be working with children and at the Lateef Project for several years as a Senior Psychotherapist and as an honorary psychotherapist/Counsellor at Nour Domestic Violence working specifically with mental health issues due to domestic abuse and violence as well as St Pancreas Sexual Problems Clinic as a Psychosexual therapist working with both individuals and couples through their sexual problems.
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, relationship and psychosexual issues for individuals and couples.
In my work, I always look for a holistic approach into psychological but also, spiritual and physical well-being. I am a Reiki practitioner Master level and a Qigong learner for many years. I am also a sacred and therapeutic dance practitioner and I believe on the benefits and importance of working with the body intentionally and energetically using conscious movement. Therefore, if required I may suggest and/or bring in agreement with you, somatic ways of working therapeutically within our sessions.
As a psychosexual therapist, I gather the knowledge I have of body and movement to establish a healthier awareness and relationship with your sensuality and sexuality.
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.
Therapeutic Sacred Dance Movement
This is a group space exclusively for women that I intent to open soon.
Therapeutic Sacred dance movement intends to offer a group spiritual space to connect to our bodies more intimately and find pathways for soul expression through physical movement and not words.
In our sessions we will be exploring womb dance expressions found in oriental dance forms that provide abundance in nourishment for woman's pelvic floor health and well being as well as woman's connection to their sacred sensuality.
Don't hesitate to ask for more information.
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.