Maria Pournara, MBACP, BSc, MSc, PGDip.
42 Cannon Workshops
I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a register member of BACP.
In my psychotherapeutic practice, I mainly draw from humanistic and relational psychodynamic perspectives aiming to offer a space for psychological growth and development. I offer a highly confidential, non-judgemental, safe place to explore any issues that you may be struggling with or feel challenged by. Through our therapeutic relationship, we can gain a deeper insight of what is going on for you in your life as well as think about your emotional, psychological, relational and physical needs enabling change where and when it feels appropriate.
I have a breadth of educational and professional experience. I have trained and worked in a number of NHS and third-sector psychotherapeutic services. I have practiced in primary care offering short-term solution focused counselling as well as in secondary care offering long-term therapy for complex psychological issues. I have also worked 3 years for Mind, a leading mental health charity, mainly conducting clinical assessments and helping clients to set therapeutic goals and identify the right type of therapy.
Privately, I offer short-term (6 to 12 weeks), medium term (up to 24 weeks), long-term (a year or more) therapy. My clinical experience includes, but it is not limited to: stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger management, isolation, trauma, relationship difficulties, family difficulties, employment issues, sexuality, loss and personality difficulties.
I am committed to an ethical, non-discriminatory practice and I welcome individuals from all cultures, backgrounds and sexualities. I abide strongly by the ethical framework of the BACP.
How can Counselling help.
Counselling, or personal therapy, allows you to explore any challenges you may encounter in a safe, confidential space. Counselling can help you deal with difficult feelings and thoughts as well as issues that may affect your personal, professional or social life.
The therapist is there to support you in a non-judgemental way. Although therapists will not give you advice they will help you to find your own insights, identify your own needs and think about how you would like to move forward.
Counselling often involves talking about emotionally painful issues, therefore initially you may find you are feeling worse. However, this is often the case for most clients and with the therapist's support you should gradually feel better. Normally, it takes a number of sessions before counselling makes a difference and regular commitment with your therapist is highly recommended so that you make best use of therapy.
What to expect in your first session.
The purpose of the first session is to meet each other and decide whether we can work together. Attending the first session does not mean you have to commit to therapeutic a contract with me.
I see my first meeting with a new client as an assessment session. I normally ask a number of questions to gain a good understanding of what it is that brings you to counselling and identify your therapeutic needs. This is important so we can identify together how therapy can be useful to you. Additionally, in the first session, I explain how I work (for example confidentiality, cancellations, holidays, fees) and what you can expected from me.
The first session is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions about my role, experience and training as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor as well as Counselling/Therapy in general.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (PsychD), University of Roehampton, UK (September 2012-expected to graduate in June 2017).
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PGDip), University of Edinburgh, UK (September 2009 – August 2011).
Master of Science in Counselling Studies (MSc), University of Edinburgh, UK (September 2007- September 2008).
Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology (BSc), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (September 2001 – March 2006).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
£75 for individual counselling (50 minutes)
The fee is payable at the end of the session cash or by online transfer
BACP: MBACP - Membership Number: 721479
BPS: MBPsS – Membership Number: 235504
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