Gherardo Della Marta MBACP counsellor in Holborn, Camden and Queens Park
Fierce Grace Yoga West
260 Kiburn Lane
London - West
15-23 ST Pancras Way
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)
drug and alcohol addictions,
affairs, betrayals, separations
sexual identity, sexuality,
low self esteem,
loss and bereavement,
mental health issues,
stress, work related issues,
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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Special interests and issues I have been working with :
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.
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!
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
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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
- How to build self-confidence
- Acceptance and Commitment therapy or ACT
- What is psychodynamic counselling?
- Anger: An introduction and some basic steps to deal with it
- Core beliefs, automatic thoughts and conceptualisation in CBT
- How helpful is CBT?
- What is positive thinking?
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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