Dr Beverley Marais DPsych CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
St Paul's House
I offer individual counselling, psychotherapy and psychology appointments. Family members are welcome to take part in sessions and I also provide couple counselling. These can be arranged to be time-limited or more longer term, depending on your needs. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
I am skilled in the following therapeutic approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Psychodynamic Therapy, Humanistic counsellling, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have 2 consulting rooms, one in central London and one in Surrey. In addition, I also offer an online counselling service, together with telephone and skype sessions which are more flexible and therefore could be tailored around your lifestyle. You can also arrange to see me via the British CBT & Counselling Service at their Clinics in Richmond & Twickenham.
I am registered with Private Healthcare Providers such as AXA PPP Healthcare, BUPA, Pru Health, CIGNA and AVIVA. I am also eligible to be registered with other providers so please contact me if yours is not listed above.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also a registered Psychotherapist with UKCP, a member of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and AED (Academy for Eating Disorders). I am a member of the BPS Faculty of Addictions and a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. As a psychologist, I also hold a practicing certificate with the British Psychological Society and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Training and experience
I initially read a BA in Fine Art degree with Psychology as an addtional major before I completed my undergraduate psychology training in South Africa. This then followed with more specialist post graduate psychology and psychotherapy training in the UK. Thus, I have spent a total of 9 years training in counselling and psychological therapy. After training in a private forensic medium secure hospital, I then spent some time working within the non statutory sector in addictions. Following this, I worked with the large team of counselling and clinical psychologists in the field of addictions at the world-renowned South London & Maudsley NHS Trust in London. After many years working therapeutically with complex and multi-facetted presentations within addictions, I then added the further speciality of working with eating disorders. Again, I worked in partnership with leading experts within this field at Maudsley Hospital, many of whom are at the forefront of cutting edge research in this area. Following a demand for increased flexibility and increasing access to therapy and counselling, I then decided to end my work within the NHS and launch into private practice.
Thus, my extensive experience in clinical areas such as eating disorders, addictions, forensic and mental health settings has lasted 12 years. I therefore have provided psychological therapy in both NHS and non statutory settings and have experience working in community and inpatient settings, consisting of individual, family and group work. I have developed and delivered group-based psychological teaching/training programmes as well as training practitioners in advanced counselling skills. In addition, I have led training sessions on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Canterbury University and examined the work of MSc students on training courses provided by Kings College University. I have also coordinated and led on an online NHS CBT programme for people experiencing eating difficulties.
In addition to having a specialist interest in eating disorders and addiction, I work with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self harm, relationship issues, phobias, managing stress and emotional distress, self esteem and general counselling and psychological therapy. In addition, I have written court reports.
Through my integrative training, I design bespoke clinical interventions tailored to the needs and concerns of the individual. In addition, I am also a member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and follow its philosophy which diverges from pathologising individuals to, instead, focusing on their levels of resilience, their strengths and the virtues which allow them to thrive. Thus, my therapeutic approach which encompasses both psychological and therapeutic treatment models, respects the personhood of the individual patient, offering a way of working relationally, honouring the integrity of both client and therapist.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
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Fees for individual sessions are £110; couple sessions are £120 and family sessions are £150.
Wimpole Street Clinic
Fees for individual sessions are £125; couple sessions are £150 and family sessions are £175.
Online therapy and counselling appointments are charged at £85 per session.
The British CBT & Counselling Service
Information about their fees can be found here
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, evening appointments
Supervision & training
I have experience of supervising Counselling Psychology trainees and trainee counsellors within the NHS and private sectors. Please contact me if you would like to discuss supervision arrangements.View supervision profile