Balanced Lifestyles Counselling

About us

Balanced Lifestyles is a professional, confidential and friendly counseling practice for individuals and couples, providing individual therapy, relationship and marriage counselling, as well as psychological help and support to English-speaking clients in Prague. I can help if you or someone close to you is concerned about or suffering from:

- Relationship and marriage crises; communication problems between partners.
- Surviving an affair, separation or divorce; jealousy and trust issues.  
- Difficulty in forming and maintaining successful relationships.
- Anxiety and panic; depression; acute stress; trauma and post-traumatic stress.
- Anger, guilt, shame, self-confidence-related issues; identity issues; fear of conflict; inability to make decisions; feeling trapped in a particular predicament.
- Acute sense of loneliness and isolation; feeling empty; loss of meaning and direction in life; overwhelming sense of being out of control in life; death-related anxiety.
- Loss, grief and bereavement.
- Major life crisis concerns; "midlife crisis"; employment-related crises; feeling uprooted, alienated and helpless in a strange culture.  

The counselor, Svetlana Coalson:
MA Honors, Post-Grad. Diploma (Psychotherapy) from School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield (UK) ; Couples and Marriage Counselling training (USA, Canada); Five-year Psychotherapy Training accredited for healthcare;  Issue-specific practitioner trainings (USA, UK, Czech Republic). Svetlana Coalson abides by the Ethics Code of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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Saving our family crisis

posted by Kam Sam
11:11:07 20/06/2018

We were looking for a therapist to help us solve our family crisis that had become overwhelming to my husband and I. My husband found Svetlana via the expat group on facebook, Crowdsauce. She was awesome. She helped us to see each other's world and to clean up some old history so we can have a fresh start again. She was able to explain our feelings in both the masculine and feminine perspective. What I appreciate the most is that she was pretty straight forward. She wasn't scared to tell us who we are, what mistakes we both have made and what we need to do in order to save our marriage. She was wonderful and I highly recommend her.

Not recommended

posted by Jason Roy
15:03:55 13/11/2017

I would not recommend Svetlana Coalson. In my opinion, her style is loose, overbearing and ultimately I found her to be unprofessional in her approach. Despite initially agreeing confidentiality guidelines, it eventually became apparent that Svetlana had shared information with another party (as early as the first or second session), without my knowledge or consent, probably in the form of a notional diagnosis, one she is not qualified to make. This resulted in a complete breakdown in trust between client and counsellor, once it came to light. Despite her website stating she abides by "Ethics for Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy”, I now know Svetlana is not a member of this organisation, nor is she officially bound by their requirements… like many counsellors in Prague, she doesn’t need to hold membership to practice in Czech Republic, however, I feel using the name of a professional body in this way, gives potential clients a false impression. My advice to others seeking therapy, would be to avoid this counsellor and seek one of the many in Prague who is professionally registered giving both the counsellor and the client reassurance and protection. Good health to all.

Life changing experience

posted by Maria.Treibitch
20:08:22 16/08/2015

5 years ago I met Svetlana, when I was at the very dark place and needed help. Svetlana was very professional and supportive therapist. She knew exactly when to push my limits or when to let it go in order to help me. In her therapy after some point she gives very exact tools so you can use them in daily life. I was working with Svetlana on my traumas, on my relationship with my parents with my husband, with my kids. Right now I am a happy, confident person. I highly recommend Svetlana Coalson!!!!!

Being grateful

posted by magnuna
12:12:45 14/08/2015

Hi everybody! I am dropping these lines to show my gratefulness for what Svetlana did for me! She is the person who helped me the most through the very difficult times I faced since I moved to Prague! She is a very dedicated psychologist, a very true, real and honest person and an enjoyable presence! Difficulties in my life are vanishing under her advice, so I can just say THANK YOU, Svetlana!

I disagree with other reviewers

posted by luis.juarez
18:06:55 17/07/2015

My experience was not good at all with this therapist. In the first consultation, I was impressed of the solid theoretical knowledge she had of my problem, which was quite promising. However, in the second consultation, she began to behave impolitely, rude. In the third one, she was almost insulting. She gave me a couple of tips, but they didnt go deep into solving the core of my problem. However, those werent the only problems. She speaks A LOT. I had other therapists in my life and she speaks at least twice as much as any of them, which makes the therapy longer and its distracting for the patient. A therapists should ask questions, listen and keep his/her observations at a minimum. Conclusion: good theoretical knowledge, ineffective advice, rude, impolite and talks too much. Avoid.