Bristena G. Mantu - My Story and Philosophy
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist in training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis London in partnership with Middlesex University. I hold an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology (2022) and I am the author of a poetry book, "Inner Callings - a pilgrim's diary" (2022, Editura Timpul, Iasi).
Born in Romania, I moved to London in 2013. I have been working part-time as a holistic massage therapist since 2015, as well as holding qualifications in various alternative healing modalities, such as Emotional Freedom Technique, Matrix Reimprinting, Meta Health and Reiki.
In 2014 I experienced a major inner crisis of psychological and spiritual upheaval. I discontinued my law studies at King's College London and embarked on the deep and tumultuous pursuit of self-inquiry. I have explored a variety of fields of personal development, healing, spirituality and therapy, as well as their interplay.
As a highly sensitive, empathic and caring person, I feel called to facilitate healing, growth and transformation in the lives of those who are ready and willing to make a change for the better.
I have always sensed the innate evolutionary potential that longs to become fulfilled through human beings. We all seem to yearn to express our unique combination of gifts, talents and purpose, in service to the larger story of mankind. It is inevitable that our trials and obstacles are, as such, stepping stones for our growth and maturation.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you, said 12th-century Sufi poet and mystic Rumi. My counselling practice and artistic offerings are based on this philosophy - I am dedicated to helping people work through their soul trauma/pain in order to shine their true soul gifts and expression in this lifetime.
In my free time, I write poetry, dance, read, practise yoga & meditation, enjoy quality time with friends and walk in nature. I am currently based in South London with my partner.
"Bristena's capacity to be herself always and show up completely is inspiring and encourages me every time I see her. In a way, she's given me strength as I witnessed her. I think Bristena has a special mind and she is using it for the benefit of all. She helps me see clearly what I may not have before." (Billy)
"Upon meeting Bristena, I knew I was in the presence of someone who knew herself on a deep and heartfelt level. I could feel myself becoming more aware of parts of me that I never understood before. Being around someone who was so sure of their own path, made me go deep inside my own heart, and become sure of mine." (Omar)
"I love how eloquently Bristena expresses herself and at the same time brings something really eclectic. I also appreciate her inquisitive nature, I see the deep inquiry in her eyes. I feel this reflects Bristena's wish to really understand and understanding is where healing begins." (Karen)