Duda has worked with couples and individuals on their relationships for over 12 years now. Her approach to therapy is one of teamwork. Both clients and Duda actively participate in finding solutions around clients’ values and beliefs. Although Duda’s role is to guide clients through exploring and clarifying deeply rooted needs, she is non-judgmental and seeks free-flowing feedback from clients to see what’s working best for them. She believes that therapy can be a beautiful opportunity for clients to learn new perspectives and techniques to take home and practice self-reliantly and long-term.
Duda’s passion for relationship work grew over the years, as a results of on-going fast, positive results and clients’ satisfaction feedback. As an energetic therapist, she appreciates this very engaging and active type of therapy. Her lived experience of growing from pain to bliss in her own relationships contributed to her awareness of how much impact relationships have on our mental health and life satisfaction and so she focuses her work on helping couples who want to do the work and as a result thrive (and not just survive) in their relationship. She makes sure that each side feels heard, understood and safe and once trust is built, she adds insight, care and humor into her sessions. Duda’s approach to couple therapy is practical, trauma-informed, engaging and strictly unbiased.
Clients she has worked with come with various life-challenging issues; from anxiety and depression, to family and relationships issues such as lack of intimacy, resentment, affairs, constant arguments or negative communication patterns, to not knowing which way to go, or due to life events that caused them trauma or grief. The list is long and as Duda uses an eclectic approach to therapy, she tailors her methodologies to each client’s needs. She often combines techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation and many other modalities such as Gottman method and ACT for couples.
As Duda builds a strong and trusting relationship with her clients, her sessions encourage clients to apply what has been discussed in sessions to their lives. She makes clients feel safe, yet challenged when needed and clients often comment how much they have learnt about themselves and the world they want to feel happy in. Couples learn how to forgive and heal, how to listen and ask and communication easily improves by adding just a few twists shared in sessions. Duda creates a space where her clients are reminded of who they truly are, what actually matters to them, how to switch off the noise and the “should’s” and plan actions around their values and desires.