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Maria Alda Gomez MBACP (Accred) Trauma Therapist

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

About me

I am often surprised when my clients tell me that they haven't been able to share this issue or another with anyone. How can that be? They say that they were afraid that they might be judged. They feel that I create an space that is safe enough for them to open up. You might be afraid of being judged too. I am not here to judge what you decide to do with your life, let alone what you may be feeling. 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.

My approach is very dynamic, meaning that we may not only talk, but we can also stand up and maybe even move around, experimenting with different techniques if you feel that they can help.

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.


Specialised Training in Trauma and Dissociation with Janina Fisher.

Rewind Technique with David Muss.

Online courses on trauma and suicide with Carolyn Spring.

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.

Counselling Experience

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 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

  • War conflict
  • Torture
  • Living abroad, ex-pats
  • 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
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.



Please note my Exeter practice is now full. I have spaces in Teignmouth and online.

Types of client

Young people


Maria Alda Gomez MBACP (Accred) Trauma Therapist

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