Maria Pournara, MBACP, BSc, MSc, PGDip.
42 Cannon Workshops
11 Marshalsea Road
You may feel overwhelmed, lost or confused. You may be worried, stressed or sad about something. You may be concerned about your relationship or struggling with family issues. Perhaps you are finding yourself becoming isolated from others. Perhaps your work life is not satisfactory. You may be looking for help for a particular issue like low self-esteem, anxiety, feelings of vulnerability, shame, anger or an addiction. Maybe you are burdened by things that happened in the past and you are struggling to move on. Maybe you are considering to pursue counselling/therapy to enhance your personal growth and development.
Or maybe you are a couple facing challenges in your relationship, looking for a space to explore these challenges and make decisions about your future.
This is when a therapist like me, may be able to help you. I work with individuals that are dealing with such life complexities and I am committed to supporting them to thoughtfully find ways to move forward. I passionately believe that each person is unique, hence I always endeavour to tailor my approach to your specific psychological needs. Together we can explore internal and external struggles, we can gain a deeper insight of what is the root of the problem and think of ways to move forward.
I am committed to a high standard professional therapeutic practice, offering a confidential, non-judgemental, space to help you enhance psychological growth and development.
I can offer you a free telephone consultation to discuss what brings you to therapy and what you hope you get from it. You can call me or text me on 07714 997473 or email me to arrange a time to talk and discuss any further inquiries you may have.
My areas of work.
In my private practice, I see people every day who may be faced with a variety of issues. Some examples of how therapy can be helpful for you may be:
- Gaining a deeper insight of what may be causing your difficulties.
- Connecting with different aspects of yourself.
- Understanding your feelings and emotions.
- Exploring difficulties in relationships with others around you, including intimate, family, social or professional relationships.
- Managing problems, such as anger, sadness, stress, that impede on your day to day life.
- Changing behaviours or patterns that cause tension in your life.
- Finding ways to move forward.
More specifically, I have worked with anxiety, relationships problems, affairs, family issues, addictions, bullying, anger issues and personality difficulties. My clinical experience further includes but is not limited to: stress, sadness, depression, self-esteem, life-crisis, life transitions, work-related issues, loss, grief, trauma (including sexual trauma), abuse (including emotional, physical or sexual) identity and sexuality.
I offer short-term (8 to 12 weeks), medium-term (up to 24 weeks) and long-term (a year or more) therapy. 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 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
I have a breadth of educational and professional experience. I have been trained and worked in a number of NHS and third-sector psychotherapeutic services offering both short-term and longer term therapy, as well as clinical assessments, to widely diverse client groups.
Before starting private practice I worked as a Counselling Assessor for thee years at Mind Tower Hamlets and Newham, a leading Mental Health Charity, conducting clinical assessments and participating in the running of the counselling service.
List of Qualifications
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
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please call or email me to discuss any further queries you may have.
£75 for individual counselling (50 minutes)
£90 for couples counselling (60 minutes)
The fee is payable at the end of each session by cash or online transfer.
Some concessions are available for students and those who work part-time.
BACP: MBACP - Membership Number: 721479
BPS: MBPsS – Membership Number: 235504
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Day times and Evening times during the week. Also Saturday afternoons.
Types of client