Dr Maria Tulino, Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with BPS (British Psychological Society) and an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with British association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies(BABCP) and the Health Professions Council (HPC).
My consulting room is in West London (Earl’s Court area).
As a therapist, I see myself as a companion on a journey, a fellow traveller that has to struggle with the same issues of meaninglessness, anxiety and isolation. I do not provide magic solutions but I rather provide a safe and confidential space where is possible to experience a genuine and authentic relationship with somebody that is not judgmental, does not give advice but rather helps you exploring and finding your own direction in life.
I refrain from pathologising clients and instead I work with the individual towards understanding the meaning of their distressing symptoms. I view emotions, including the painful ones, as signals, messages that can help us progressing towards personal growth and change. Experiencing these unpleasant feelings might open up the door to positive experiences of growth and self discovery.
The work I do with clients aims at exploring the messages that their emotions bring, enhancing the individuals’ self awareness, self understanding and self acceptance and enabling them to live with their feelings and make choices in accordance with their authentic wishes and needs.
I support clients in understanding the relationship between the way they think, their feelings and their behaviours and I teach them practical skills and techniques in order to help them manage their mood and anxiety level (Mindfulness skills).
I offer both short-term and long-term therapy, depending on the individual’s needs and possibilities. We will discuss this and the reasons that brought you to counselling in our first session. I usually review my work with clients every 5 or 6 sessions and discuss how we wish to progress further.
All therapy sessions are private and confidential.
I speak fluently English and Italian and can provide counselling in both languages.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a first class honours degree in Psychology, a Master in Psychological Diagnosis, a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
In the last 8 years I have gained experience in delivering psychological therapies for the adult inpatients and outpatients with respiratory and/or oncological diseases (West London NHS Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust), adult patients population suffering from anxiety and depression in Primary Care (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and IAPT service), female prisoners at HMP Send (Surrey) and the general population in a charitable counselling service in Hackney, London.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Face to face Weekly sessions range between £100.00 and £125 per session (50 minutes) depending on the kind of work we agree to do together (short term or long term) as well as the time of the day.
Telephone and Skype sessions available.
Fees are payable in cash, or by cheque, at the end of each session.