Dr Mari Kovanen, Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Dr Mari Kovanen, Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Therapy Harley Street
12 Harley Street

North Cottage,
11 Dovers Green Road,

07871955195 / 07871955195

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Therapy Harley Street
12 Harley Street

North Cottage,
11 Dovers Green Road,

07871955195 / 07871955195

About me


For individuals:
Are you experiencing high levels of anxiety or has your mood been low for some time? Are you struggling to build the life your desire, perhaps you feel that past experiences are holding you back. Perhaps you end up dating the wrong people or fear commitment and end up sabotaging your relationship.

Life can be so hard sometimes. Those are the times we need support to navigate out of the confusion and emotional disturbance. I would like to help you in finding inner peace and reconnecting with those parts of yourself that might have been forgotten for a long time.  

For Couples:
Is your relationship stuck in a rut? Perhaps you and your partner are stuck in negative, repetitive patterns that make life a misery for both of you and you end up arguing over even the smallest things?

Alternatively, perhaps your relationship feels somewhat stale and although you don't argue, it feels like you have lost the loving feeling and it is difficult to know how to continue and find a real connection again. I would like to help you by offering couples therapy based on the couple developmental model.

About me
My name is Dr Mari Kovanen. I'm a Chartered and Registered Counselling Psychologist. I offer individual and couples therapy in Reigate and in Central London. I offer evidence-based therapy Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Compassion Focused and integrative therapy depending on your needs.

Research suggests that over any technique the therapeutic relationship is the most powerful instrument for change. Therefore, I aim to create an atmosphere where you can be your true authentic self, which allows you to work on your goals in therapy. The therapy can be tailor-made to your needs whether you have a specific goal in mind or more general wish to improve your mood, your relationship with yourself or others.

For couples, I offer couples therapy which helps you to understand:
- how your early relationships impact your adult relationship and the couple dynamic
- which couple development stage you and your partner have got stuck
- how neuroscience impacts your experience and relationship

It is a proactive approach including couples and individual counselling and coaching with an aim to help you to try different ways of relating to each other and learning about yourself. It has been very successful in helping many couples who have almost given up on hope of finding a loving connection again.

As a psychologist with over 15 years of experience in psychological services and providing therapy since 2008, I have an extensive psychological knowledge and experience of working with a broad range of complex emotional and mental health difficulties.

Here are some of my specialist interests:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image (special research interest and doctoral research on "Young women's experiences with Body Image Dissatisfaction")
  • Childhood trauma (e.g. parental separation, losing a parent, emotional neglect, bullying at school, physical and/or sexual abuse)
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties (specialist interest: the impact of early relationships on adult relationships)

Contact to organise a free 15min phone consultation. Email info@drmarikovanen.co.uk

Visit my website www.drmarikovanen.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
  • HCPCReg Psychologist
  • Bacp Registered Member


  • DPsych Counselling Psychology, City University, London
  • MSc Occupational Psychology, London Guildhall University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, City University, London

I started my career as an Occupational Psychologist until having further training and becoming a Counselling Psychologist.

I have worked in the NHS primary and secondary care, in charitable and private sector organisations.
I have experience of a wide range of difficulties such as:

  • emotional difficulties (e.g. family and relationship issues, self-esteem and low confidence, body image dissatisfaction, loss & bereavement, work related issues, anger, infertility, identity confusion),
  • common mental health problems (anxiety and depression)
  • complex enduring mental health problems (e.g. trauma, complex trauma (childhood sexual abuse), eating disorders, personality disorders, dual diagnosis)
  • addictions (e.g. drug and alcohol).

Currently, I also work in the secondary care setting for Oxford Health NHS.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a special interest in childhood related issues affecting adult well-being and working with both individuals and couples who are having difficulties in their relationship.


The fees for self-paying clients for individual therapy are:

Central London £100 50min session
Reigate £80 per 50 min session.

Couple therapy:
Central London - 90min session £180 (initial sesss=ion), 50min session £100
Reigate - 90min session £160, 50min session £120

If you are considering of using your insurance, your provider may require you to obtain a referral from your GP . Please check with your insurance provider first. I am currently registered with Aviva, Axa PPP, Cigna, WPA and Vitality Health.

Concessionary rates may be available for students and those on low incomes. Get in touch info@drmarikovanen.co.uk

Further information

I offer a free, no obligations, 15min phone consultation. Get in touch to discuss how therapy could be of help to you and whether it is the right fit to work together. I look forward to working with you.

Maps & Directions

London, W1G 9PG
Reigate, RH2 8BU

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wednesday afternoon and evening, and Saturday

Types of client

Older adults
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