Marta Iturrioz MBACP (Accred), MBPsS
I provide professional counselling for individuals and couples in English and Spanish in East Sheen.
Over my long years practising in the field of counselling and psychotherapy I have come to fully understand the value of truly listening as well as the power of feeling deeply understood. This is my most precious tool and the one that I treasure the most above any theory or school of thought.
My AIM is to provide a calm, reflective and non-judgemental space so you can have the chance to slowly process painful memories or conflicting thoughts and feelings. This will happen over time, as the experience of being fully heard will translate into you being more self-aware, and more in tune with your self. Eventually as you manage to shift the perspective of yourself and your problems you will feel empowered to deal with your conflicts, symptoms or any challenge you need to face up to.
The OUTCOME is gaining greater insight and self-knowledge, which is the main focus of the therapy. Whether you suffer from crippling mental health problems, or you are just struggling with more benign life struggles, such as relationship issues, or conflict of any sort; most people find that the symptoms or problems they wanted help with in the first place, loose their power over time. In other words, a shift has taken place.
You probably feel confused and bewildered by the vast amount of professionals available. Choosing the right counsellor is the most important task you have right now. You don't need to rush your decision, you can come along and take your time before you make your mind up.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am BACP accredited, which is a guarantee of a high level of competence and professional and ethical standards. I am also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
After obtaining a degree in Psychology in Spain, I trained in the NHS in psychodynamic psychotherapy while working as an Honorary Psychotherapist for four years. I was subsequently employed by the NHS as an Adult Psychotherapist for over 15 years.
I have since expanded my knowledge in the fields of EMDR, CBT and I have trained with RELATE to work with couples. I have now a wider understanding and more eclectic approach in my current private practice.
I am experienced in both brief and long term therapy. I have long years of experience in the field of Mental Health and I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. We will have a chance to discuss tailoring this therapy to your personal needs on our first meeting.
I am curently working with children in a school for Place2be in order to obtain greater understanding in this field.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with the individual rather than the symptom or problem.The same problem or symptom can have many different meanings for different individuals. This therapy is tailored to your needs, to help you take control of your life at your own pace.
I apply the same principle to working with COUPLES; I provide a safe and containing space where problems can be addressed and processed with no blame. I aim to work in a collaborative and supportive way, empowering the couple to take control of their relationship.
The fee will be agreed on our first meeting. This will vary according to circumstances.
FEE: £40.00-£70.00 (60 min) To agree on first meeting
Some flexibility in arrangement of sessions according to your needs. Evenings and some weekends available.
I welcome people from SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES who would like to talk in their mother tongue. It is helpful to talk in the language you feel most comfortable with. This will help you to express yourself more freely. Choosing to undertake this process in your first language will connect you more directly to your emotional being and therefore will be more meaningful and beneficial to you.
Available for ONE-OFF SESSIONS arranged at convenience and alternative arrangements to suit individual needs. EVENING AND WEEKEND SLOTS AVAILABLE.
Please feel free to contact me for further information or informal chat!