Galina Markova BA (Hons) MBACP - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Galina Markova BA (Hons) MBACP - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

The Guildford Institute
Ward Street


07718 140411

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About me

I believe that life is about freedom of being and that this is within the potential of each one of us. Counselling is about re-activating this potential. As a qualified counsellor and a highly compassionate individual, I can offer you a true therapeutic involvement and a chance to develop what is already in you – your natural ability to restore the balance, to change and grow.

My name is Galina and I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor. Before any names and titles though, I am a human being just like you. I used to believe that the key to everything was hidden inside me and all I needed was to search inwards. The only problem was that searching on my own, I could only see my version of my ‘story’ – the ‘story’ that was designed to prove that the key was missing. That search brought me to a new, relational world, only to discover that, ironically, the way in was the way out. And the ‘way out’ was a different relationship – one that wasn’t so focused on my ‘story’, but was interested in who I was without it.

You are not alone
When you are having psychological, emotional or relational difficulties, your experience is giving you a sign for both the problem and the opportunity to grow from it. Being alone in your distress can be the biggest obstacle preventing you from recognising the possibilities and choices available to you. This is where I can support you and make a difference – by holding a safe and confidential space where you are not alone and your experience really matters.

My ‘work’ is the relationship that ‘works’ for you
I practise integrative-relational counselling. This means that I can draw from various theories including humanistic, psychodynamic and behavioural. It also means that I pay close attention to the relationship between us as the most important guide in supporting you to move forward in your life. My primary objective is to create a warm and respectful environment where you feel safe enough to explore your difficulties and become the ‘expert’ of your own experience.

In other words, you and I create a unique model, based on what you need, timed at your pace, and focused on the relationship that makes a difference for you.

Your ‘problem’ is an ‘opportunity’ for us
Your ‘story’ may be a given, but your pain can be the turning point. After all, it is your pain that brings you here and as you are reading this, you have already started working on it. This is why I look at it as an ‘opportunity’ not as a ‘disorder’.

Pain can take different forms, such as panic, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, shame, loneliness, despair, grief, to name but a few, including combinations of two or more, and often accompanied by a physical dis-ease. The causes can also be different - trauma, bereavement, illness, abuse, bullying, addiction, family or work difficulties, or every day dilemmas of contemporary life.

Your personal distress is unique to you, as unique as it is the cause of it.  What really matters to me is the impact on your sense of self and your relationship with the rest of the world.

I am interested in You
Apart from my private work, I am also a counsellor for a Youth Counselling Charity and a volunteer counsellor in a primary school. I feel passionate about improving children and young people’s mental health. I also work with adults in an NHS primary care setting and I have extensive experience with older adults, people at different stages of dementia and carers, through years of supporting the staff and the management of an outstanding private nursing homes.

Most of all, however, I am interested in you as a unique human being who is going through a difficult path in a lifetime journey. I would be honoured to share that path with you and together we can make a difference on your way.

Please feel free to make a contact without obligation
If you have any questions about my practice or you wish to book an initial appointment, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. I aim to respond within 24 hours. Your enquiry will be dealt in confidence.

Our first meeting will be an opportunity for us to decide whether counselling can be beneficial for you and to get a flavour of how we may work together. Usually, we will meet for 50 minutes once a week, within a 6 or 12-week arrangement. We can also work on a long term, open-ended basis, if we decide this is a suitable plan for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (on-going)

BA (Hons.) 1st Class in Integrative-Relational Counselling

NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory

AQA Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Additional Courses:

Family Systemic Therapy

Working with Parents


Art Therapy

Play Therapy

Autism Seen Developmentally

Neuroscience and the Body: Attachment, Attunement and Affect Regulation

Drama and Movement Therapy

Working with the Inner Child

Early Trauma – It’s Impact on Self-belief and Relationships

Sand Tray & Other Creative Interventions

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Young Adults



Evenings and Saturdays £55 per session (50 min)

Limited number of concessions are available - please enquire at the initial interview.

Further information

You may also wish to know that…

  • I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means: that I follow the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy; that I work to professional standards; and that I attend regular clinical supervision, as well as continuous professional development.
  • I have experience in different settings, including voluntary work and NHS.
  • I am affiliated to the long-established Guildford Counselling Resource Centre.
  • I hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • I am registered with ICO.

Practice times:

Odiham - Friday evenings (7pm to 10pm)
Guildford - Saturdays (10am to 2pm)

Maps & Directions

Guildford, GU1 4LH
Hook, RG29

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Bulgarian


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Saturday 10am - 2pm in Guildford, Surrey Friday 7pm - 10pm in Odiham, Hampshire

Types of client

Young people
Older adults