Marielle Albers, HCPC accredited
The Awareness Centre
My name is Marielle and I work with adults in private practice in Clapham and Battersea. When you engage in psychotherapy or counselling with me, I listen carefully to your concerns to help you gain a deeper insight into your problems. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional well-being.
As an integrative therapist, I use different therapeutic models and work with you according to your personality and the reasons you are seeking support. Many of the theories that underpin my work are based on the idea that thinking and behaviour patterns that were learnt and adaptive in the past, may be limiting you in the present. Exploring these patterns in a safe, non-judgmental environment can help you gain insight and make positive changes
Apart from talking therapy, I also offer the possibility to use art materials or imagination, to invite you to explore deeper layers of feelings. Using art materials in therapy does not require any artistic skills or abilities: for some people it can offer a valuable extra channel of communicating. Exploring art work, dreams or imagination, can help to find new meaning and deeper insight about yourself. This way of working can be particularly useful if you find it difficult to articulate your feelings in words, or perhaps conversely, if words keep you ‘stuck in your head’ in repetitive thinking patterns. Using art materials in therapy is always a choice and we will explore your issues in a way that works best for you.
I have experience with working with clients from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of issues such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, loss, abuse, trauma and intimacy issues. I am committed to working inclusively with individuals of different cultures, genders, sexual orientation and age.
Training, qualifications & experience
Apart from private practice, I also work as an art psychotherapist at a charity where I provide sessions for women who are supported through their process of recovery from addiction. I have previously held psychotherapy positions in the mental health charity MIND and in two NHS trusts in London, providing individual and group art psychotherapy to inpatients and on Forensic Wards.
My previous career in international marketing management in two different countries, has given me a deep appreciation of life challenges when transitioning between different cultures, careers and ways of life. I am interested in working with issues around identity and self-esteem and how major life changes affect us in who we are and how we cope with things.
My experience as an artist has taught me the value of different forms of communication and the wisdom of unspoken expression through the body, art works, dreams or fantasies. I incorporate this into my work where appropriate.
I have a Master’s Degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute of Art and Therapy in Education / UEL) and I am a member of the HCPC and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), abiding by their codes of practice and ethics.
I attend regular continued professional training sessions to keep up to date with relevant developments in psychotherapy and neuroscience. I work with a clinical supervisor to regularly review my work.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- creative blocks
- cultural identity
- gender identity
- identity problems
- intimacy problems
- life transitions (career, countries, cultures, education, relationships, age)
- parental challenges
- self-development and creative growth
- shame and guilt
£60.00 per hour
Please contact me by email or telephone if you are interested to book an initial consultation session or a short telephone consultation, before deciding if we are a good match and commit to regular sessions. I offer short term counselling, focusing on a particular concern or situation, as well as long-term psychotherapy which is aimed at working with underlying patterns and facilitating positive changes.
I work from two different locations in Battersea and Clapham; in Leathwaite Road, SW11 and from the Awareness Centre in Abbeville Road, SW4. Both are easy to reach by public transport (Clapham South tube or Clapham Junction rail, and various buses). There is metered parking available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime appointments and have some availability for evening sessions
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|