Marette Totten UKCP and ACTO (Online Therapies) Accredited Psychotherapist
In-person, telephone and online sessions (Zoom/FaceTime) offered.
A very warm welcome to my profile page.
I want to begin by acknowledging that, whatever the reason for visiting my page, I am aware that life has been really tough recently. The impact of living during a global pandemic cannot be underestimated. Perhaps you are seeking help because of the impact of coronavirus on you or your loved ones, be this physically, emotionally, financially or all of the above. Or perhaps you were already struggling and recent events have only magnified what you have been dealing with. You may be feeling a sense of isolation, with no-one to talk to and/or worried about sharing your concerns with others. It is totally understandable if you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or depressed. These are natural human responses to suffering.
The pandemic may well be a ‘storm’ that affects us all, but we are nevertheless in different ‘boats’, with some being or feeling more at risk and vulnerable than others. It’s hard to know where to go to for help when so much of life, and what may have supported you, feels inaccessible.
I hope I can be of help and support and offer a safe haven to share what life has brought to you that feels unmanageable, either because of or outside of Covid-19. Whether you choose to work face to face or virtually, I aim to create a confidential space where you can share all that is troubling you, so we can work together to find a way forward that is of benefit to you. Your needs will be specific to your situation and that is what will guide the work.
What type of therapy options do I offer?
I offer a range of interventions to meet your needs. I offer traditional in person sessions in Southend on Saturdays if that is your preference.
If you wish to have face to face sessions, but it is hard to leave home we can meet in a neutral, virtual space via video (Zoom).
If it is easier to be heard than seen, we can have therapy on the phone.
Or perhaps you would like the option of mixing your choice of communication. That is fine too. You are in the driving seat, which is really important, especially now, when it may feel as if many of your choices are being taken away.
Each type of therapy comes with both opportunities and challenges which we can think about during the initial consultation.
Whatever therapeutic medium you choose, it is my aim to create a holding and respectful therapeutic relationship that fosters healing and growth. I offer compassion and understanding where you can share your difficulties without fearing or feeling judgement.
What have I trained in?
As an integrative therapist I am trained to use a range of approaches to help you depending on what difficulties you are managing.
These included Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Existential and Transpersonal approaches. I am also a UK registered practitioner of Mentalisation Based Treatment and Emotional Freedom Technique. What this really means is that the issues you bring can be addressed in a variety of ways allowing for a therapeutic approach that is uniquely specific to your needs and objectives. I am also currently completing a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Certificate.
What issues do I have experience with?
I have experience working with clients in addressing difficulties related to:
- Equality/Discrimination Issues: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Faith etc
- Couple, family and relationship issues
- Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
- Self Harm and other problematic/painful coping strategies
- Living with a psychiatric diagnosis
- Low self esteem
How long does the therapy last?
I offer short term (6-12 sessions) counselling and longer term therapy. There is no obligation to commit to any specific duration, the goal is that you feel supported in the process while knowing you can leave when it feels right for you.
Furthermore if it feels we are not the right match, I am happy to discuss a referral to another therapist or treatment. Your wellness is the top priority.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually weekly, but your needs may be different, which we can discuss during our initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Highly Experienced UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist
- ACTO Accredited Cyber Therapist
- Certificate in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Levels 1&2
- Worked as a Senior Psychotherapist and Supervisor in the NHS and in Private Practice with Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups for 10 years
- PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- PG Certificate in Group Work
- Accredited Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT) Practitioner for Adults, Adolescents, Couples and Families
- Studying towards MA in Psychosocial Studies
- Completing Clinical Certficate in Trauma Work
- Bound by UKCP Code of Ethics
- Fully insured
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.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per 50 minute session.
Concessions offered for
Choosing the right therapist is an important part of the process. I therefore offer an initial consultation, with no obligation to continue in therapy, in order to decide if I am the right therapist for you.