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Maria Alda Gomez Otero HDipCP, MA (Psychotherapy) Reg. MBACP (Accred)

Exeter EX4 & Teignmouth TQ14
01392 573776 01392 573776 07437 332032 07437 332032 Registered / Accredited

About me

I provide a caring and safe counselling space in Exeter and Teignmouth, in which you can explore your difficulties. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your emotions or thoughts, our first step will be to help you manage them better, regulating your unpredictable moods and finding some relief.

Once you are feeling more empowered and comfortable with your emotions and thoughts, we can start processing the root of what is causing such distress: your past trauma, irrational beliefs, or attachment wounds.

This process can take from a few weeks to many years, depending on the severity of your ordeal and your commitment to your growth. Therapy can bring you more than you can imagine, as you discover your own way of expressing yourself in the world. I can't tell you what shape that will take because you are unique, and your healing will be as unique as you are. But I will accompany you until you find the life that fits you like a glove.

Training, qualifications & experience

2012 - Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at DBS, Dublin, Ireland.
2010 - Higher Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy at DBS, Dublin, Ireland.

2019 - Accredited Qualified EFT Practitioner with EFTi (Emotional Freedom Techniques International), UK.

CPD Training


Currently - Complex Trauma Certification Training with Janina Fisher (Level 2)

Complex Trauma Certification Training with Janina Fisher (Level 1).

EFT Professional Training with Rowena Beaumont in Glastonbury.

PTSD & Attachment Theory - Felicity de Zulueta

Ongoing trauma workshops at the Centre for the Care of Survivors of Torture, Spirasi, Ireland.


Certificate in Sandtray Therapy with Lindsey Talbott in Exeter.

Family Constellations with Ursula Bell.


Over 10 years practising and teaching still and moving mindfulness practices: tai chi & qigong.


Rage, anger and relationship with Sue Parker-Hall in Exeter.

Certified Counsellor for AIDS/HIV+ at Dublin AIDS Alliance, Ireland.

Counselling Experience

Currently working with individual clients who experience anxiety, depression or attachment issues as a result of trauma in private practice in Exeter and Teignmouth (UK). Online therapy available.

Previous experience:

Palace Gate Counselling Services: working with individual clients using a person-centred approach, Exeter, UK.

Centre for the Care of Suvivors of Torture: working with refugees and asylum seekers who suffered torture, Dublin, Ireland.

Living Life: mainstrean counselling centre, Bray, Ireland.

Open Heart House: HIV+ clients, Dublin, Ireland.

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • War conflict
  • Torture
  • Identity issues
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, including multiple losses

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Further information

No concession spaces available at the moment.

Therapy @ Gandy St
25-26 Gandy Street


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Spanish, French


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

The Teignmouth practice is on an only resident permit area, so you would need to park in a nearby car park.



Types of client

Young people


Maria Alda Gomez Otero HDipCP, MA (Psychotherapy) Reg. MBACP (Accred)

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