Maria Galani

Reg.Counsellor, MBACP,MSc,MBPsS,DPsych candidate
Reading, Berkshire, RG1
07706 418 800 07706 418 800

About me

My name is Maria and I am a registered  MBACP counsellor. I hold Graduate membership with the British Psychological Society. I am member of the Counselling Psychology Division, and working towards the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I provide an empathic, non-judgemental space where you can open up and feel seen and heard for who you truly are. Our therapeutic sessions will be tailored to meet your unique needs, based on a shared understanding of your concerns and problems. We will work collaboratively and I can help you live more fully, drawing from your internal resources and abilities.

As an existential- integrative therapist, I am drawing on the approaches that best suit the issues the clients bring into the therapy room. I offer both short-term and long term therapy for adults.

In existential therapy, emotional and psychological difficulties are viewed as inner conflict caused by an individual's confrontation with the givens of existence. Rather than delve into the past, the existential approach looks at the here and now, exploring the human condition as a whole and what it means for an individual.

Whilst focusing on the existential approach, I can also work in an integrative approach, which means that I draw on the approaches that best suit the issues the clients bring in to the room. Therefore, I can work with other various psychological approaches including Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. I have a special interest in working with the  Transactional analysis model, to help clients manage their relationships in a healthier way and understand their own mechanisms and how that plays out in their relationships. My approach as a whole, is tailored to the individual client.

Training, qualifications & experience


I started working in mental health in 2009, and since then I have gained extensive experience in various settings including NHS Primary Care (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies IAPT Services), Employee Assistance Programmes in international and national level,as well as charitable and private agencies. I have delivered trauma therapy work to private corporate organisations, and ran well-being groups in the UK and Greece.

I have worked with young people, adults and groups with a wide range of difficulties, from feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, difficult relationships and workplace problems to cultural difficulties and diagnosed mental health conditions.

I have a  special interest in work place bullying and conflict at workplaces and helping clients to identify healthy ways of managing the feelings that come out of that process.


- Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology&Psychotherapy- New School of Psychotherapy&Counselling/Middlesex University (completion date January 2021- Have completed the 2 year Postgraduate diploma level studies in Counselling&Psychotherapy)

- M.Sc. Child& Adolescent Mental Health (King's  College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology& Neuroscience- 2013)

- B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology (National&Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece- 2011)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva

Additional information

- £60 Online sessions

- £70  face to face sessions

*Concession rates available for low income groups

Further information

I have a cancellation policy of 48 hours notice, if notice is under 48 hours the full fee is charged. I am now available for new bookings/appointments on Thursday&Firday evenings. I will be also moving to face-to-face practice probably from February 2022.

To arrange an initial consultation or to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, please contact me by phone, text or email.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday,  Wednesday,  Thursday Friday evenings availability from 17:00 pm- 21:00 PM, and flexible slots also available upon request. 

Further information

Additional training:

Panic Attacks & Complex mental health presentations, Trauma skills, Brief Focused Therapy,

Personality Disorders, Refugees, Self-harm and Suicide


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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The clinic is 5 minutes walk from High Street Kensington Tube station

Additional languages

Greek, English

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