Maria Barletta

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MBACP Counsellor / Psychotherapist
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London, N1
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I work with relationship problems, work stress, anxiety (GAD, panic attacks), low mood, mild and moderate depression, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, and problems that arise from your relationship to your spiritual beliefs.

Relational problems may be at the root of a wide range of symptoms, for example: stress, anxiety, low mood, depression, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence in different areas of life, lack of self-worth, weak/blurred boundaries, feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness, trauma and more.

Relational problems are sometimes very painful, challenging problems to solve.

If you feel that you have done what you can to solve your challenges and you are still encountering the same problems, then get in touch!

Counselling can help you to get clarity. It can give you the support you need to make changes. It can help you to sustain the changes when the going gets tough. 

Some of the experiences my clients bring to the sessions are:

-Difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships

- Experiencing unhealthy patterns in relationships (with family, friendships, colleagues, or romantic partners). Things that happen over and over, even when people or settings are different.

-You may be aware of your need to please others, resulting in people-pleasing behaviours that leave you unhappy and unsatisfied. 

-You may have a pattern of relating where you self-abandon, “disappear”, or become "invisible" in the relationship.

-You may be indiscriminately putting the needs of others before your own.

-Perhaps, you are feeling that you cannot find a partner because you are simply "unlucky" or that “love is not in the cards” for you. As a result you have given up, but feel sad, hopeless, demotivated, etc., and this is affecting you in other areas of your life. 

- It may be that you have been having an experience of feeling "chronically" single or alone, in spite of your desire or efforts to attract a partner. As a result you are avoiding socialising because you don't want to be the "single" one out.

-Having a “pattern” that shows up in romantic relationships (i.e.., unrequited love scenarios, toxic relationships, relationships where boundaries are not respected, not being able to create or maintain healthy relationships, falling for the “same kind of partner” even though the person and context may be different, falling for narcissistic/psychopathic individuals, etc.)

- Choosing love objects based on “magical thinking”, new-age type of beliefs that result in “love bites” scenarios with high drama, obsessions, unrequited love, strange synchronicities, and/or getting involved with abusive "gurus" or partners.

-Feeling alone, leading a solitary life, and feeling that you are “destined” to be alone.

-Suffering from low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, low mood, or depression, feeling confused, "gaslighted", traumatised as a result of relational problems.

-Feeling like an “outsider”, like you do not belong anywhere, even when you actively put yourself “out there" and make lots of efforts to reach out.

-Experiencing challenging relationships, where there is a lot of “drama,” “highs and lows”, “push and pull”, rebounds, break-ups, etc.

-Strained relationships with family members, friendships or at work.

- Have experienced group aggression, been targeted for abuse,  or bullying in a group setting (at school, work, in a particular group, in the family, etc.)

How can I help you?

A counsellor provides you with a space for you to talk about your problems. Because counselling is the art of empathic listening, among other things, a counsellor won't judge you. It won't criticise, undermine, gaslight, or doubt you. A counsellor will focus on building a healthy relationship with you. It may be necessary for you to learn a few things, for example, how to set and maintain healthy boundaries. You may need to learn to accept yourself with compassion and love. You may need to learn to accept the things that you cannot change. You may need to exercise the ability to discern and separate what is your stuff from other people's.

Counselling is an emergent process. This means that neither you nor I can anticipate what will happen in the therapeutic space when we work together. What happens is an emerging process that develops as our relationship develops and our ability to work together at depth.

I can help you by giving you the support you need as you explore your challenges. 

In therapy, we will look at your story, and at what you have been believing within that story; we will decide what you want to focus on, where you feel you can make changes and develop yourself, and together, within the safe space of our relationship, we will work together to create a new story for you. 

In our sessions we may work on:

  • Helping you to get clarity about your situation.
  • Practising how to access the internal and external resources that will catalyse your healing and transformation.
  • Helping you to make distinctions between what is your “stuff” and what is other people’s stuff.
  • Helping you to own your stuff, and to work through it. This understanding will lead to more choice, and therefore, more freedom to create a new story for you.
  • Identifying your strengths and nurturing your psychological, emotional and spiritual resilience.
  • Getting clarity about the beliefs that are holding you back so that you can evolve those beliefs and replace them with life-affirming ones.
  • Exploring life-enhancing, soul-nurturing, enriching beliefs and values.
  • Improving your assertiveness and communication skills.
  • Learning psychological attitudes and skills.

I work in a holistic way, and if appropriate, we can work with hypnosis, guided imagery, and other creative interventions to access your internal resources and strengths. 

If you are spiritually-minded, we can work together with this area of your life, to get clarity about your experiences and the deeper meaning of these in your life. 

About me

I have lived and worked in five different countries. This has enriched my life experience and made me attuned to the lived experience of those who feel like outsiders, living in a foreign culture, away from their family of origin, or perhaps, those who struggle daily with finding a sense of fulfilment and belonging or meaning in their lives. 

I have personal experience of struggling with unhealthy relationship patterns. I know first hand how pervasive these patterns can be, and how challenging it may be to transform them. This makes be finely attuned to your pain. 

Through years of personal development and spiritual practice,  I was able to evolve those patterns and transform my life story.

Now, as a counsellor, and healer, I can provide you with the space for you to heal those patterns. I can connect with you at a very deep level and understand your pain and the shame that sometimes comes attached to it. I know how important it is to create a space of deep compassion, where you can feel, truly heard, seen and understood. 

To book a session:

Sessions are 50 minutes. 

Each session is £60 paid in advance. The booking is confirmed after the payment has been received.

Sessions can take place in English and in Spanish.

Availability:

Times may vary, please check availability with me by sending me an email enquiry.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified in three helping modalities: counselling, hypnotherapy and life coaching. 

I work in an integrative way, i.e. I use a model to integrate approaches to psychological and mental health wellbeing which comprises:

Person-centred therapy, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, and cognitive behavioural therapy. This includes hypnotherapeutic techniques and life coaching.

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Advanced Hypno-psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
  • PG Cert in Clinical Hypnosis (Dip. in Clinical Hypnotherapy)
  • Diploma in Transformational Coaching
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision Skills and Theory

Approaches I work with:

  • Integrative Counselling: my integration model comprises principles from Person-Centre, Psychodynamic and CBT.
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy 
  • Hypno-Psychotherapy
  • Hypno-analysis and Inner Child work
  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
  • Health Coaching and Coaching for Wellbeing
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Life Coaching for Personal Development (with a holistic approach to Personal Development)

​I am a member of:

  • The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - Registered Member (MBACP) ​
  • The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)
  • The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) - Full Member

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

For more information please visit my website where you can read more about my approach to therapy.

You can also find some helpful resources in my blog.

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Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

If you are looking for hypnotherapy, the fee will be different. Please send me an enquiry by email.

Life coaching sessions: £60 (50 min)

Hypnotherapy sessions for anxiety £80 (1h30 min)

Coaching for romantic relationships £60 (50 min)

Coaching /mentoring for students in FE and HE £40 (50 min)

Therapy for counselling students £40 (50 min)

When I work

Availability varies. Consult by email.

Further information

I am also a qualified hypnotherapist and life coach

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Additional languages

Spanish

I also offer therapy, hypnotherapy and life coaching in Spanish

Online platforms

Doxy
Google Meet

Supervision

Online

As a counselling tutor, I offer low-cost additional supervision, mentoring and support for counselling trainees.

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Maria Barletta
Maria Barletta