Danya Martoglio MBACP
Considering whether or not to go and see a counsellor can be daunting, these pages provide a good start. Many find the safe, respectful space that counselling offers helpful in gaining perspective - a place to press pause, to breathe, to reflect and be heard. You might be seeking support during a difficult time, or perhaps you'd like to explore some unhelpful patterns. If you are going through a challenging time, I’d like to reassure you that things can change. Making unconscious behaviour conscious can be transformational to any relationship, or situation, and even a tiny step can lead to a big change.
With over 20 years’ experience in education, wellbeing and counselling services, I’ve been privileged to support people through many difficult moments. I can provide a safe welcoming space for you to voice thoughts and feelings in order to find a way forward.
I’m qualified and experienced to work with a broad range of issues including:
- Stress related difficulties - at work, college or school
- Relationships, family & friendship issues
- Bereavement & loss
- Managing anger
- Panic attacks
- Disordered eating
- Low self esteem
- Self harm
Why Counselling? Each one of us goes through challenging times at some point in life; and being able to turn to friends or family for support can be invaluable. Sometimes though, this support may not be enough and counselling can be of help in offering new perspectives. A counsellor is trained to listen carefully, and without judgement, to give you the time and space to voice your thoughts and feelings. To be a good counsellor, you need patience and empathy. You’re not trying to force someone to a solution. You are accepting someone exactly as they are at that moment. And through respectfully understanding each individual’s situation you gently move them towards positive change; to do this well you need experience.
What kind of therapy is on offer? As an integrative counsellor I draw on a number of approaches. I tailor therapy to you rather than you having to fit in with a rigid theoretical model. I integrate creative therapies such as Gestalt, alongside commonsense approaches such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Solution-Focussed Therapy. Rooted in person-centred values, I view the relationship between client and counsellor as key to offering a warm, non-judgemental and therapeutic space. I work in an atmosphere of trust and openness. I hope that you will feel safe and listened to.
What Happens in a Counselling Session? During our initial conversation we will gain an understanding of how you could best use your sessions. Whilst not everyone wants to explore the ‘why?’ of the past - for many it can be very important to clarify, and make peace with, something in order to move forward. Counselling can also be a very practical process; mapping future goals and helping turn hopes and dreams into a more achievable reality. And people do not always have a specific ‘problem’– some seek therapy simply to get insight into their way of being in relation to others and themselves.
Facilitating Change Underpinning my work is the belief that we all have incredible built-in reserves of strength and resources. I bring all my experience and training of various modalities including: humanistic, solution-focussed, cognitive behavioural (CBT), coaching and creative arts based therapies; into my work with you. The power to change resides within you - and even a small step can lead to a big change.
A little bit about me. As well as adults, I also work therapeutically with children and young people, having undertaken additional specialist training. I've set up and established two successful counselling services across two clusters in Leeds. I am also an OCN (Open College Network) accredited trainer. My clients and colleagues describe me as warm, intuitive and down to earth. Born and raised in London, I now live in lovely Yorkshire with my family and when not counselling you might find me walking our cheeky rescue dog, photographing Nature or cooking up a mean pasta for three hungry teens.
Contact Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Whatever brings you to me, your privacy and welfare is of the utmost importance. During our first conversation, whether by email or phone, we can gain an idea of your best hopes from counselling and we can explore how we might work best together.
All are welcome - adults, children & teens.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling - (Distinction) York St John University
- Masters modules in CBT, Coaching and Drama Therapy, Leeds Beckett University
- Certificate in Person Centred Counselling , Metanoia, London
- Certificate in Integrative Counselling, York St John University
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Academy of Advanced Changework, Sheffield
- Certificates in working with Children and Young People, the Relate Institute
- Certificates in Brief Solution Focused Therapy, BRIEF institute, London
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are charged at £50 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Italian and Spanish|
Sessions offered Monday - Friday (some early evenings); and some Saturday morning appointments available.
Types of client