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Dr Maria Pournara, Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered, MBPS, MBACP

London E14 & Petersfield GU31
07714 997473 07714 997473
London E14 & Petersfield GU31

About me


You might be feeling anxious, stressed or unhappy. You might be struggling with low mood or low self-esteem. You might be troubled by life challenges. You might be facing relationship difficulties. Or you might be a couple that is dealing with numerous stresses such as intimacy, betrayal, family tensions, parenting issues. This is when a therapist like me might be able to help.

As an experienced Psychologist, I offer expert therapy services tailored to your specific needs helping you gain insight into current challenges, build healthy coping strategies and find ways to manage whatever life throws at you.

I am a Chartered Psychologist HCPC, BPS and BACP registered with more 10 years of experience in the NHS, third sector and private practice. I am a highly trained and experienced psychologist providing evidence based psychological services to individuals and couples. I apply my clinical expertise in a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties offering a psychological service tailored to your unique needs. I aim to help you understand the root of your difficulties, acquire healthy coping strategies in order to lead a meaningful life and build meaningful relationships.

If you would like to know how I can help you get in touch on 07714 997473 or email me at therapy@drmariapournara.co.uk. For more information you can visit my website www.drmariapournara.co.uk

In my private practice, I see people every day who may be faced with a variety of issues. Some examples of how therapy can be helpful for you may be:

  • Gaining a deeper insight of what may be causing your difficulties.
  • Connecting with different aspects of yourself.
  • Understanding your feelings and emotions.
  • Exploring difficulties in relationships with others around you, including intimate, family, social or professional relationships.
  • Managing problems, such as anger, sadness, stress, that impede on your day to day life.
  • Changing behaviours or patterns that cause tension in your life.
  • Finding ways to move forward.

More specifically, I have worked with anxiety, depression, relationships problems, affairs, family issues, addictions, bullying, anger issues and personality difficulties. My clinical experience further includes but is not limited to: panic attacks, stress, low confidence, low self-esteem, life-crisis, life transitions, work-related issues, loss, grief, trauma (including sexual trauma), abuse (including emotional, physical or sexual) and identity issues.

I offer short-term (8 to 12 weeks), medium-term (up to 24 weeks) and long-term (a year or more) therapy. I am committed to an ethical, non-discriminatory practice and I welcome individuals from all cultures, backgrounds and sexualities. I abide strongly by the ethical framework of the BPS, HCPC and BACP.

How can Counselling/Therapy help?

Counselling, or personal therapy, allows you to explore any challenges you may encounter in a safe, confidential space. Counselling can help you deal with difficult feelings and thoughts as well as issues that may affect your personal, professional or social life.

The therapist is there to support you in a non-judgemental way. Although therapists will not give you advice they will help you to find your own insights, identify your own needs and think about how you would like to move forward.

Counselling often involves talking about emotionally painful issues, therefore initially you may find you are feeling worse. However, this is often the case for most clients and with the therapist's support you should gradually feel better. Normally, it takes a number of sessions before counselling makes a difference and regular commitment with your therapist is highly recommended so that you make best use of therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

List of Qualifications

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (PsychD), University of Roehampton, UK

Advanced Diploma in Couples Counselling, NAOS Education, UK

Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PGDip), University of Edinburgh

Master of Science in Counselling Studies (MSc), University of Edinburgh, UK

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology (BSc), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Please call or email me to discuss any further queries you may have.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£120 for individual counselling (50 minutes)

£140 for couples counselling (60 minutes)

The fee is payable at the end of each session by cash or online transfer.

Accepting insurance: Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, AETNA, Cigna, Vitality Health, WPA

Further information


HCPC Registered - Membership Number: PYL34506

BACP: MBACP - Membership Number: 721479

BPS: MBPsS – Membership Number: 235504

5 College Street
GU31 4AE

42 Cannon Workshops
Cannon Drive
Canary Wharf
E14 4AS

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Greek


Online appointments flexible times.

Day times and evening times.

Types of client

Dr Maria Pournara, Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered, MBPS, MBACP

Dr Maria Pournara, Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered, MBPS, MBACP