I provide counselling and therapy in West London W14, W12, W6, and W11 on a confidential basis to a variety of people facing a variety of challenges in their lives. Many of my clients come to us because they face:
- Relationship, sex and family issues, anxieties and breakdown
- Work and professional stress, anxiety and crisis
- Alcoholism, drug dependency, sexual, relational and other addiction problems
- Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other food dependency issues
- LGBT, minority and other discrimination issues
- Self-confidence, self-esteem and anxiety-related issues
- And many more.
My philosophy is simple. I follow five key principles in our work, and make these clear to my clients at the outset:
- I deal with clients where they are, not where I’d like them to be. No matter what stage you are in therapy, or where you are right now with your issues, or what those issues are, I’m happy to talk and see if we can help. I work with clients young and old, from a whole variety of backgrounds, and with a number of issues.
- I don’t try to mould my work with clients to fit into one particular theoretical approach. I have trained across a whole variety of disciplines in an integrative way, including person-centred, existential, 12-step and psychoanalytical approaches. I believe that there is some good in the worst theories, and some bad in the best theories. I never let a particular theory or approach direct or constrain our work with a client.
- If I can’t help, I say so, and try to refer on appropriately. Sometimes the dynamic between a therapist and client really doesn’t work. I don’t want you to waste your money or time. If your interests would be better served elsewhere, I promise to tell you and try to refer you on to a more suitable therapist.
- I practice strict confidentiality. I take client confidentiality very seriously. I operate within the strict ethical framework laid down by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I always operate within the law, and take data protection legislation as a duty and a given.
- I am honest, open and discreet in all my dealings. Shame, guilt, fear and betrayal are parts of many of my client’s stories. I believe that moving past these, and developing self-esteem and self-care is essential for all my clients. No matter where you’ve been, or how you feel, my aim is to help, not judge you.
If you have any questions about my approach, or the principles above, please feel free to get in touch using the details on this site. Whatever you choose, I hope you find strength, hope and healing in your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
A brief history of me:
- Before becoming a therapist, I enjoyed a 10 year career in the music industry as a singer/songwriter.
- I re-trained at Roehampton University where I graduated, top of my year, with a First Class Honours degree in Integrative counselling.
- During my time there I started my work in the voluntary sector with Kids Company counselling within a school setting and with teachers vulnerable to work-stress related issues.
- I went on to work with Naz Project London offering counselling to a diverse client group, working with ethnic minorities and vulnerable individuals grappling with sexual health and relationship issues.
- My specialist academic area of interest is the study of time within the therapeutic relationship.
- As a practitioner I have particular experience working in the field of addiction, relationship issues, and with depression and anxiety. I have worked extensively with people suffering from disordered eating.
- I have also worked extensively with the LGBT community and those dealing with ethnic and cultural issues, bereavement and trauma.
- I use an integrative model of practice but have been particularly influenced by the work of the psychiatrist Laing, the psychoanalyst Winnicott, and existential thinkers such as Heidegger and Levinas.
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.
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I provide counselling and therapy services in West London (W14, W12, W6, W11) on a confidential basis to a variety of people facing a variety of challenges in their lives.
My name is Maresa Segura, co-founder of TalkSpace Therapy. I am a BACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor working and living in West London.
My personal motivation in becoming a therapist is the passion I hold for creating greater understanding and better outcomes in the field of mental well-being. Too often, I have spoken with people who have had poor experiences of accessing therapy. Some couldn’t get access to therapy in their area, whilst others felt they were being offered an inadequate level of support, pointing to a serious lack of supply within the health services. Many were also confused about the variety of complex, incompatible theoretical approaches to healing and health.
During my education and training as a therapist at the University of Roehampton, I also became aware of the whole variety of taboos and barriers encountered by people seeking better mental well-being. I have met people who have been shamed and stigmatised because of their sexuality, their ethnicity, their culture, race, religion, HIV status, background and education – and moreover, because of the nature of their issues, such is the misunderstanding of many in society when faced with the symptoms of drug, alcohol, food, sex, gambling and work addictions. That’s why I started to practice. My ethos is simple. It’s about:
- Serving all communities and all people in a non-judgemental way. If I can’t personally work with you due to geography or scheduling issues I can confidently refer you to one of my colleagues at TalkSpace.
- An integrative whole-world approach, putting the client, not the theory or philosophy, first
- Honesty and integrity in terms of seeking the best outcome for the client, putting quality first, and following all relevant professional and ethical guidelines
In short, I believe in supporting people in their journey towards mental, emotional and spiritual well-being by nurturing the human potential for strength, hope and healthy interdependence. My focus is upon helping to expand my client’s imaginative horizons for the future whilst aiding them in working through present struggles. I give equal value to future possibilities as we do past impressions. I provide a safe, comfortable space and time to talk, to experience, to explore, and to grow together.