Mariana Cervantes MSC MBACP, Children, young people, parent support

Mariana Cervantes MSC MBACP, Children, young people, parent support

About me

Children and adolescents often find themselves facing a wide range of challenges, including family issues, separation, divorce, relationship issues, bullying, abuse, trauma, internet and social media exposure, transitions  and other issues.

Increasingly, young people find themselves grappling with anxiety and depression. Low self-esteem and low self-confidence are an increasing challenge to many. Aside from this, adolescence often brings with it phobias and issues around sexuality and identity. Many of these difficulties are often endured silently; they can also lead to acting out in concerning ways. Equally, parents and carers can find it hard to know how to support their struggling child.

My psychodynamic approach focuses on exploring unconscious processes; in other words, I help each client to think about their internal world, including thoughts and feelings that they might not be in touch with, and which, through gaining awareness, can help them to gain greater understanding of how they feel about themselves and those around them.

I use my specialist training and experience as registered child & adolescent psychotherapist to provide a safe space where children and young people can bring up what matters to them in their own way and time.

I also apply these skills and experience to provide Parent Support sessions, where parents can address their concerns about their relationship with their child/children and their difficulties around parenting.

My training in child development and in attachment are instrumental to my work both with children and young people, and with parents.

Counselling and parent support both help clients to gain greater understanding about their specific situation. This can enable greater resourcefulness. Clients often feel more at ease with themselves and others, and can develop greater resilience, making them better able to cope with difficult situations and feelings.

Much of the work with younger children involves play and art as this is often their preferred way to communicate what is going on for them and how they feel. Older children, adolescents and adults tend to engage in therapy through talking.

In my work on Parent Support, parents attend on their own, or if they have children aged 0-5, they can attend with their child/children. During these sessions we can address issues around parenting and  their relationship with their child/children. These sessions are centred around the child and the parent-child dynamics.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents.
  • BACP registered. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • Work in primary school setting. I have worked at a primary school in connection with Place2Be, working with children from different ethnic backgrounds and from different ages.
  • Work with adolescent girls, women and mothers. I worked in a Latin American organisation with adolescents, women and mothers on a wide range of issues including self-harm, suicidal ideation, domestic violence, social violence, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, neglect and other issues. With mothers, my work was focused on a wide range of parenting difficulties and concerns.
  • Work in a cancer charity in association with the NHS. I worked in a cancer charity associated with the NHS, providing counselling to people with cancer and their loved ones.
  • Experience working with chidren, adolescents, young people, adults and parents.
  • Bilingual work in English and in Spanish.
  • Training on working with diversity and difference.
  • Attachment-based work.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • School difficulties
  • Internet and social media issues
  • Parental separation
  • Loss
  • Grief

Therapies offered

Photos & videos

  • BACP Registered Member


Many people find it helpful to have an initial telephone conversation, but some feel more comfortable making initial contact by email. This can then be followed by a face to face consultation to give you time to discuss the issues that you feel have led you to seek support for your child and/or for yourself.

My fees are:

  • Initial face to face consultation: £35
  • Subsequent consultations and sessions: £45.

Further information

My services include:

  • Counselling/psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults.
  • Parent & child sessions for parents and children aged 0-5.
  • Parent/carer consultations to provide support through the challenging aspects of parenting.

Maps & Directions

Totnes, TQ9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Spanish


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

If you have accessibility needs please contact me as I might be able to use an alternative venue.


I can see clients on weekdays during daytime, afternoon and evenings.

Types of client

Young people