• Home
  • >Maya Patricia Gagni

About me

I am an experienced and accredited  Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist, Supervisor, EMDR accredited practitioner, Trauma Therapist and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist with about 20 years experience of working with a variety or presenting issues. I also provide Critical Incident Debriefing for organisations.

As an EMDR  accredited practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) I can support you if you have experienced traumatic events such as sexual abuse and or have developed  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With EMDR I have supported veterans and front line emergency workers such as police officers, firefighters and A&E staff.

Please note that my practice is a women-only counselling service.

I have extensive experience of one-to-one clinical practice as well as supervising and training practitioners from all theoretical frameworks. I offer one-to-one sessions as well as couple counselling.

My private practice is based within the Spirit Project (a women-only counselling service) and I can bring creativity such as:

  • visual arts
  • masks
  • puppets
  • music and movement
  • I speak Italian fluently.

What happens next?

If you have any questions that you would like answering or would like to book an appointment, then I welcome you to call me on: 07903 598 324 or click here to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBCT (2020)
  • Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (2018)
  • EMDR (2017)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (2017)
  • Critical Incident Debriefing (2015)
  • CBT for Person Centred Counsellors (2015)
  • Advanced Trauma Therapy (2014)
  • MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2012)
  • Diploma in Counselling (2000)
  • PGD Dramatherapy (2005)
  • Certificate in Person Centred Supervision (2008)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Critical Incident Debriefing.
  • Supervision for therapists and non-therapists
  • Trans-cultural counselling.
  • Fluent in Italian.

Photos & videos


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per session

Clients with no income or on state benefits - £25 per session
(I have a limited number of reduced fee sessions. Please check when enquiring)

Couple Counselling
£60 per session

One-to-one - £75 for one hour and a half

One-to-one - £50 per session
Clients with no income or on state benefits - £25 per session
(I have a limited number of reduced fee sessions. Please check when inquiring)

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

One-to-One - £100-120 per two-hour session.


One-to-one session £60 per session.

Equine Facilitated EMDR

£90 per session (one hour and a half).

Equine Facilitated EMDR

£90 per session (one hour and a half)

If you are local and wishes us to work with your horses, we could travel to you. Travel fees apply.

Payment is taken by cash, PayPal, BACS transfer or Debit/Credit card at the end of each session.  An arrangement can be made for bulk payments.


Monday to Thursday in the evening, Fridays all day and Saturday morning/afternoon

Further information


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.  Used mainly for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


In 1987, psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions. Dr Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in a 1989 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma.  Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.


No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain.  However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed.

Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information.  Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind.  You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.  Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. One philosophy is that EMDR unlocks negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system and reconnects neural pathways.


During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session.  The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event.  The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain (tapping or bilateral music), while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content.  Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one ’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.”  During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.


One or more sessions are required to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment.  I will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method.

Once we have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin.  A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes.  The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.

I use EMDR in conjunction with my counselling work.


Controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress for the majority of clients.  Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety.  The current National Institute of Health & Clinical Excel lance (N.I.C.E.E) treatment guidelines for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) recommends EMDR as an effective treatment. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies.  Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.  Further information can be found through EMDR UK & Ireland;


Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post-traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • personality disorders
  • eating disorders
  • panic attacks
  • performance anxiety
  • complicated grief
  • stress reduction
  • dissociative disorders
  • addictions
  • disturbing memories
  • sexual and/or physical abuse.

* phobias

* body dysmorphic disorders

* Pain Management

For further information about Equine Assisted Therapy,  and my Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy can be found on my website.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Person-Centred supervision for trainee and qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

View supervision profile


Maya Patricia Gagni

Maya Patricia Gagni