Dr Maria Gascon-Ramos

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MSc, PhD, DClinPsy, C. Psychol., AFBPsS.
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Taunton TA1
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About me

I am a qualified clinical psychologist working with adults, children, and parents. 

I offer a confidential space to enable you to think and understand your difficulties in a safe and trusting relationship. I am trained in a range of therapeutic approaches (Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing,  Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and CBT) and will tailor the intervention to your needs, always putting our relationship at the centre of our work. 

I work with individuals with a range of difficulties who want to improve their lives. Clients often struggle with anxiety, trauma (PTSD, CPTSD, FND), phobias, depression, can be self-critical and lack self-compassion. They are often on-the-go, feel exhausted, have little energy, live with pain, and/or experience a range of physical complaints.  They may also struggle with PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and sleep difficulties. Some have ADHD traits or diagnoses. For many of them, relationships can be challenging, and trusting others to seek help is a struggle. Through our work, they develop greater awareness of how they relate to others and themselves and the impact it has on their mood, which helps them to manage relationships differently.

From May 2024 I will be offering an EMDR clinic dedicated to children and young people who are struggling with anxiety, school, fears, or traumatic memories.  I also support parents/carers in their parenting journey using Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and PACE as well as children that are struggling to understand their emotions, have difficulties in relationships, or are coming to terms with life-changing situations or traumatic events. 

If you feel you need to engage in a meaningful and reflective therapeutic intervention that can help you overcome your current struggles, do not hesitate to get in touch. I offer 20 min free discussion of my services. Sessions are typically 50 minutes long, once a week, and open-ended. Some therapies might require longer appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience

I initially trained as a primary education teacher for children with hearing and language difficulties (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1997) and subsequently qualified as an Educational psychologist in 1999 (Universidad Pontifica de Comillas Madrid, 1999). I completed a PhD in Deaf Studies (University of Bristol, 2005) investigating wellbeing promotion in Deaf children in Deaf bilingual-bicultural schools and after a few years working as a research associate at the University of Manchester, I decided to return to clinical practice.

In 2009, I joined the NHS as an educational psychologist/operational manager of a specialist mental health service for Deaf children and their families. During my time in Deaf CAMHS I completed a Postgraduate certificate in CAMHS, MSc in child and adolescence mental health (ISEP, 2015), and enrolled in a diversity of short courses such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and systemic training.

In 2020, I qualified as a clinical psychologist (University of Exeter, 2020). My doctoral research was on attachment and mentalization. During my doctoral degree, I completed training on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,  Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  I also received training to work with couples and families systemically.  Since, I have completed 3-year post-doctoral core training on Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) ,  Eye Movement Desenzitation Reprocessing (EMDR), attachment-focused EMDR and EMDR with Children and Young People and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) . 

I continue to work part-time in the NHS with adults and deaf children and their families. 

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mental health and wellbeing of Deaf people and can work in BSL. 

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£100.00 - £145.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

I offer 20 min free introductory call to discuss your needs and my services.

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long, once a week, and open-ended. Some therapies might require longer appointments.

50-minute sessions are typically £100.

80-minute sessions are £145.

I am registered with the following health insurance companies: 

AXA Health, Aviva, VitalityHealth, Cigna, WPA, and Healix health services.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


TUESDAYS: I have spaces at 12pm, and 1pm.

THURSDAYS: I have spaces at 3pm, and 4pm. 

FRIDAYS: New slots from April 2024. 

I work school term times only. 

Further information

I work online and face to face. If you are interested in face to face appointments my office is in Taunton. 

Somerset Counselling Centre, Apsley House, Tower Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4BH

Taunton, Somerset, TA1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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We will discuss any access issues prior to starting our work together and agree a suitable plan.

Additional languages

BSL (British Sign Language)

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams
Google Meet


In person

Clinical and Educational Psychologist with experience and BPS specialist training in supervision. I offer supervision to individuals and groups.

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Dr Maria Gascon-Ramos
Dr Maria Gascon-Ramos