Gherardo Della Marta MBACP counsellor in Holborn, Camden and Queens Park

Gherardo Della Marta MBACP counsellor in Holborn, Camden and Queens Park

Fierce Grace Yoga West
260 Kiburn Lane
London - West
W10 4BA

15-23 ST Pancras Way

07947 511267

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Fierce Grace Yoga West
260 Kiburn Lane
London - West
W10 4BA

15-23 ST Pancras Way

07947 511267

About me


As a counsellor, I have been working with clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression to manage their depressive thoughts and anxious states. I continue to offer support  to LGBT clients who wants to explore their sexuality and sexual identity to become more assertive and to be more in touch with their true selves. I have also been working with clients who want to take ownership of their feelings while going through a difficult relationship break up, separation, affairs and betrayals.

I am an experienced  and qualified BACP counsellor; I have worked with individual clients for many years in the voluntary sector and in private practice. I am currently based in Camden NW1, Holborn WC1B, and Queens Park W10. I am trained as an integrative therapist, which means I can incorporate different counselling theories depending on the client I am working with.

I have been working successfully with clients using these counselling approaches such as CBT, psychodynamic, person centred, Gestalt

CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) can be very effective if you are experiencing depressive thoughts and negative thinking patterns; ex “I am always late; I screw up like this all the time, and I’m going to lose my job.””. Working using the CBT approach can help you to change this statement with a more positive one such as “Well I am usually early for these events, and everyone makes mistakes. I’m sure my colleagues will understand.”

Psychodynamic counselling can be useful to understand how childhood issues still play a role in your life or in your relationships

person centred: this is a non directive module and focuses on the quality of the client-therapist relationship. Each person is, as an individual, considered to be unique.

Gestalt therapy: this type of therapy work with the concepts of unity, wholeness and the integration of body, feelings and intellect. "unfinished business" form the past is brought into awareness.  This is a creative approach and uses techniques such as the empty chair.

These are the issues I am often working with:

Anxiety ( panic disorders, social and generalized anxiety disorders)
depression (mild, bipolar, clinical)
anger management,
life crisis,
drug and alcohol addictions,
relationships issues,
affairs, betrayals, separations
sexual identity, sexuality,
low self esteem,
low motivation
LGBT issues,
loss and bereavement,
self doubt,
mental health issues,
stress, work related issues,
low motivation,
feeling of being stuck.

The way I work

I usually offer an initial consultation where we have the chance to meet face to face  to see if counselling is something that you are interested in. I will not push you to enter therapy if this does not feel right for you.

But if you decide to work with me I can help you to understand how past experiences have played a negative role in your life and how you might have become unhappy, stuck and depressed as a result of these struggles.

I can also help you to gain more understanding of how negative thoughts can affects feelings and behaviours. Together we can discuss how these have impacted on your life  and I will support you to manage negative thoughts you may be experiencing and I will help you to replace them with more positive and alternative ways of thinking

Previous counselling experiences

2008 - 2014 NHS forensic mental health hospital in East London as forensic mental health worker.

2008 - 2010 Bereavement agency in East London and the City as a volunteer counsellor; working with bereaved clients on a weekly basis for up to 12 sessions

2008- 2014 LGBT London Friend charity organization as a volunteer counsellor and assessor; working with LGBT clients on a weekly basis for up to 12 sessions

2012 - 2013 Relate in Richmond; working as a volunteer counsellor with couples on a weekly basis for up to 12 sessions or open ended

2012 - 2014 Hetherington GP surgery in Clapham South as a volunteer counsellor ;working with clients for  6 sessions on a weekly basis

2012 - 2014 The Awareness centre in Clapham as a volunteer counsellor; working with clients on a long term counselling contract up to 2 years on a weekly basis

2014 - 2016  currently working in private practice in London W10, NW1, WC1B,

Training, qualifications & experience

2002-2006 - BSC Psychology Degree  c/o Birkbeck college

2009 - Certificate in CBT skills ( 6 weeks) c/o the Grove Practice at Regents college

2008-2010 - Post graduate diploma in Integrative counselling c/o London Metropolitan university

2012 - Essentials in Sexual Minority Therapy (3 days) c/o Pink Therapy

2012 - Certificate of attendance in psychosexual theory (2 days) c/o Pink Therapy.

2013 - 2014 Professional development post graduate certificate in Evidence based psychological interventions c/o Reading university.

Professionals Development Workshops

31/01/2016= Unravelling the Transference: Working in and with unconscious processes in the consulting room c/o WPF in London

02/04/1016= Projective identification in Practice c/o WPF in London

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP's ethical code of practice. I have on going fortnightly supervision according to BACP guidelines

I can work short term (up to 12 weeks) and open ended (6 months to 1-2 years)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Special interests and issues I have been working with :

LGBT issues

I have more than 1000 hours of 1-1 client work  supporting gay, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender clients with issues related to their sexuality, sexual identity, coming out processes, shame and acceptance, sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, intimacy issues, addictions. I am a member of the Pink therapy directory and I am often attending seminars and workshops in the field of sexual minorities therapy.

Anxiety and Depression

I am also interested in supporting clients suffering from depression and anxiety, helping them to challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs they have about themselves and the world around them. CBT teaches us that is the way we think that affects our feelings and behaviours. By understanding this relationship we can challenge our perceptions of the world around us and ourselves.

Young person counselling 15+

I have worked therapeutically in counselling with adolescents and young people to explore any concerns that may be causing them problems in their social, emotional or cognitive development. The therapeutic process gives them the opportunity to express difficult or confused feelings in a safe environment with clear
boundaries. I am often working with issues such as: low confidence, bullying and harassment at school, ADHD, peer pressure, sexual identity, low performance at school.

Relationships counselling

When problems occur in a relationship, communication can shut down and with it, the best hope of finding a solution. It is important to work on your relationship, taking some time away from day to day routines, so you can achieve what you really want and deserve from your relationship. With a compassionate, non-judgemental facilitator present, partners are often able to do this by discussing issues or problems that may have previously felt too difficult or unsafe.


Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, without getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future.Mindfulness can be practiced standing, sitting and walking. It can be practiced both indoors and out; at home, in schools, at work or simply out and about. You can practice mindfulness for 5 minutes or 5 hours – that’s the great thing about mindfulness, you can tailor it to suit your own needs.

What you may be surprised to hear is that you have probably been mindful at some point in your life and didn’t even know it… Have you gone for a long walk, breathing in the crisp, fresh air and then suddenly realised that four hours have passed? Have you listened so intently to a song that for a moment, you weren’t thinking about anything but how beautiful the melody was? That’s mindfulness!

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£40 - £70

Initial assessment £30  ; I will not push you to start counselling if this does not feel right for you


If a block of 5 sessions is paid in advance and I can offer you the sixth session free of charge

example £40 x 5 = £ 200 paid in advance you get the 6th session free

I offer some discounts to students and people on low income

mornings, day time, evenings and weekends appointments are available IN W10, WC1B AND NW1

Sono Italiano e posso offrire la terapia in italiano

telephone, email and online counselling also available

FAQ about counselling

How long a session last? each session will last 50 minutes and we will meet on the same day of the week

How much does it costs? My fees are £ 40 - £ 70 and i offer some lower rates to students or those clients on low incomes.

How many sessions? we will meet for a initial assessment and if we both agree to work together we will meet for further 6 sessions. After that we will review the process and we will decide if we want to work open ended

what about missed sessions? any cancellations should be given at least 48h notice . For any sessions cancelled or missed with less than 48h notice the fee for that session will have to be paid at the following session

Counsellor holidays. I will give you 3 weeks notice for any holidays i will take and i will expect you to do the same.

Ending therapy. Clients can end sessions at anytime but i will suggest at least 2 sessions to address any unresolved issues

Maps & Directions

London, W10 4BA
London, NW1 0PT

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: italian


I have a free slot at 8pm on Monday in Holborn WC1B ; 8pm free slot on Wednesday in Camden NW1; 10-4pm 6 free slots on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Queens park W10.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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