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About me

I used to be extremely self-conscious and afraid of being judged. I used to be my own worst enemy trying to meet everyone's expectations to fit in. Fortunately, I found great therapists who helped me relax and take myself less seriously. Now, after years of working on myself and training on different approaches to therapy, I can offer a variety of ways of working that can adapt to your needs. At the core of my work is my capacity not to judge.  I work with people from different nationalities, races and cultures, backgrounds, moral values and spiritual beliefs. Their difference makes my work interesting. I am not here to judge what makes you different to others.  I am here to help you:

- discover what is on the way of your self-acceptance, confidence and openness

- take the necessary steps to build the life that you dream of

-  notice your strengths and accept your flaws

- improve your close relationships or create new ones

- be aware of your difficulties, but not letting them rule your life

- become the best version of yourself.

If you are ready to start working on yourself in counselling sessions that will be deep, yet light, serious, yet playful, personally tailored to your needs by a highly experienced therapist, ring me and we will arrange a first assessment session.

Training, qualifications & experience

2012 - MA in 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.


Online short seminars on trauma organised by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Experiential training in IFS (Internal Family Systems).

Specialised Training in Trauma with Janina Fisher.

Rewind Technique with David Muss.

PTSD & Attachment Seminar - Felicity de Zulueta.


I am an active tai chi and qigong practitioner, constantly training with Chinese masters. Tai chi and qigong are ancient Chinese practices used in China for both physical and mental well-being. They are mindfulness practices. I run qigong groups to release anxiety and boost our immune system.


Over 10 years experience working as a therapist with clients who have different backgrounds and issues. Before becoming a therapist, I was working as an interpreter in mental health, so I have a wide and varied experienced.

I have worked with LGBTQI clients, black clients, many nationalities over the years. Diversity and tolerance, together with conscientiousness and reliability define my character and my work.

Previous experience:

I've worked in counselling centres and in private practice. For more information, please visit my website.

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

  • Living abroad, ex-pats
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, including multiple losses

Therapies offered

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

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

Therapy @ Gandy St
25-26 Gandy Street


Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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

Additional languages


Portuguese (Very good understanding)

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Maria Alda Gomez-Otero MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist with Energy Tools

Maria Alda Gomez-Otero MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist with Energy Tools