Denise Ela Maley
I offer a gentle pragmatic approach with clients needing help with work-career related issues, job loss, anxiety, stress as well as food and disordered eating cycles and couple therapy. Contact me today for an informal chat about how I can help.
The client issues I typically work with include;
- Stress and Work-Related Stress
- Work Performance Anxiety
- Career Transitions
- Relationship Issues
- Couple Therapy
- Weight Issues
- Body Image
- Low Self-Esteem
- Child-Free Status and Decision-Making
- Feeling Sad
- Feeling Lonely
- Self Identity
- Working Through Parental Relationships
- Young Adult/Student Issues
- Adapting to Mid-Life
- Lost meaning in life
My 20+ years experience as a senior corporate professional and personal therapeutic journey broaden my insight and therapeutic capability in the areas of career transition, changing jobs, redundancy, work-related anxiety, work-related stress, performance anxiety, maternity return to work, relationship issues at work and management pressures impacting on life outside the workplace.
I also sit on the BACP Workplace Divisional Executive Board as a commitment to talking therapy opportunities in organisations and workplace wellbeing.
Possible outcomes of therapy - Relief, reduced tension, coping strategies, increased ability to balance your thoughts/emotions, increased self-awareness, confidence, feeling centred, becoming grounded, clear purpose, enhanced problem-solving capacity, increase in resilience (mental and/or emotional), more energy, improved sleep quality, self-compassion, acceptance, increased presence, helpful habit formation.......
Why work with me? - Clients often describe me as extremely warm, understanding, open and easy to talk to and able to challenge when helpful to do so. At the same time, I am pragmatic, clear and work with where you find yourself today in order to agree realistic goals for our work together.
I take great care to balance the practical active work with the need to explore your story with you so that any outcomes are meaningful as well as sustainable for you.
Your ‘feel’ for your therapist is such an important part of your ability to ‘go there’ and work together so bear that in mind when seeking a match. I have a few testimonials on my website if you'd like to take a look?
Free no-obligation chat
We can arrange an agreeable time when you're undisturbed and get an idea of what's troubling you or your relationship and your best hopes from therapy. I'll tell you more about my approach and you can ask me questions to see how you feel and if you'd like to go ahead and meet in person. If I don't feel best placed to work with your needs I'll let you know and signpost you to support you to take that next step.
Our sessions together
These are your private space where you can explore what's coming up for you and your uncomfortable feelings in a way that is rarely possible with friends, partners or family. For those of you new to therapy, I am not there to judge or to give advice but to capture and hold up a mirror so we can then understand and begin to remedy your difficulties. We'll have regular reviews of our work together returning to your best hopes and agreed goals for the work.
I am happy to offer an initial one-off session for online for - especially for those who are unsure if it will feel comfortable. I am a real advocate for the flexibility and effectiveness of this medium as long as you have a private space and good enough internet connection of course!
My therapy approach
In conjunction with my clinical knowledge and therapeutic skills, I also work with right and left brain approaches supported by a growing body of neurological research. This means that I am able to weave in creative approaches to help our work along from a fresh perspective, also offering a variety of theoretical approaches to suit your needs which including early life development, self-actualisation, growth and development, dreams and archetypal patterns. Part of my training included working energetically, so I do offer the chance to shift into creative gears using breath regulation, relaxation and grounding exercises, working with your dreams as a snapshot of your inner life and general awareness of your energy balance.
Couple Therapy - Relationships can be hard sometimes.
You may be in the middle of a relationship crisis with heightened emotions and no sense of what you can do to save the relationship. Or it may be that you have gradually grown apart and feel confusion and sadness about where to turn next - wishing for a private and holding space to try and work things out. I can help.
I have deep respect and awareness of the process a couple goes through long before committing to come to couple therapy. It takes enormous courage and commitment to your partner to take this step and I honour it.
In couple therapy with me, your relationship is my client and I work in service to your relationship, which means that you will always be seen together by me and not at any time individually. This is really helpful in supporting your reconnection as a couple.
I also believe that we don’t choose our partners by accident, and for that reason, conflict and relationship difficulties can offer opportunities for healing and growth for each of you as individuals as well as for your relationship.
On a practical level, couple therapy can be very effective if you want to improve communication or resolve a specific issue, such as life stage transitions, healing after an affair or childbearing decisions to name a few examples. Or simply for those who wish to deepen their intimacy and commitment, couple therapy is a great option.
Our sessions in couple therapy create safety and objectivity to explore your issues. It's more interactive than classic therapy, integrating valuable tools and exercises to shed light on what you each bring to the relationship. The hope is that this space and time to focus and listen to one another fosters greater awareness, relief and mutual understanding. As such at times the sessions can be more active and structured than a typical individual therapy session!
We typically work with an initial 8 sessions either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on the relationship goal. I can talk to you further about my approach and answer any questions you may have in my free 30-minute call offered to potential new clients.
*Due to the COVID-19 government recommendations, all client sessions will be online until further notice via a secure GDPR compliant platform.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently undertaking a Master Practitioner training with the National Centre for Eating Disorders in Eating Disorders and Obesity to complement my ongoing clinical work with Weight Matters, the UK's Leading Therapy Centre for Weight, Food, Eating & Health Issues in London.
As a commitment to the psychological significance of 'relationship', I have a Post-Qualification Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy. This area of therapy is not regulated yet and so not all therapists offering couples therapy have undertaken a robust couple therapy training.
- BACP Workplace Divisional Executive Board Member
- Master Practitioner Training in Eating Disorders and Obesity (in progress)
- Rewind Trauma Technique
- M.A. Psychotherapy & Healing Practice
- PG.Dip Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Accredited Member BACP
- Member of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapy
- I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics
As well as my private online and in-person local practice, I have clinical experience in workplace counselling, student counselling, women’s issues counselling and play therapy.
I am also a Senior Associate Psychotherapist at The Health Matters Group in Central London in a multidisciplinary team offering support for general psychological health issues, eating disorders & obesity and nutritional coaching.
You can learn more about my background and approach on my website.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £65.00 to £125.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Individual Fee: From £65 per 50-minute online session depending on location and time of day.
Couples Fee: From £85 per 50-minute weekly session / £125 per 75-minute weekly/fortnightly session.
All sessions currently only online.
Registered Associate Psychotherapist with Cigna Health Insurance