Marielle Albers (UKCP, HCPC, BACP)
It can be hard to find words for our deepest feelings and longings. Or sometimes, there may be words, but they can keep you 'stuck in your head’, making it difficult to make decisions or changes.
When you come to therapy with me, I will listen carefully to what you tell me and also help you listen to the words that can't be spoken (yet). In trying to make sense of this together, my aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or bring about changes that will improve your emotional well-being.
My approach is based on using creativity, connection and careful attention. I set out to provide a space that feels safe enough to explore what is holding you back or causing you pain. I am an integrative psychotherapist, which means that I adapt my way of working according to your personality and concerns, drawing on a variety of theories.
Apart from providing talking therapy, I also offer the possibility to use art materials or imagination, to invite you to explore deeper layers of feelings. This does not require any artistic skills or abilities: for some people, it can offer a valuable extra channel of communicating to access those feelings that have no words. Using art materials in therapy is always a choice; we will explore your issues in a way that works best for you
I have experience with working with clients from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of issues such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, loss, abuse, trauma and intimacy issues.
I am committed to working inclusively with individuals of different cultures, genders, sexual orientation and age.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have previously held psychotherapy positions in a number of charity settings and in two NHS trusts in London, providing individual and group art psychotherapy to inpatients and on Forensic Wards.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in international marketing management in two different countries. This has given me a deep appreciation of life challenges when transitioning between different cultures, careers and ways of life.
My experience as an artist has taught me the value of different forms of communication and the wisdom of unspoken expression through the body, art works, dreams or fantasies. I incorporate this into my work where appropriate.
I have a Master’s Degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute of Art and Therapy in Education / UEL) and I am a member of the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC), the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), abiding by their codes of practice and ethics.
I attend regular continued professional training sessions to keep up to date with relevant developments in psychotherapy and neuroscience. I work with a clinical supervisor to regularly review my work.
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 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.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- creative blocks
- cultural identity
- gender identity
- identity problems
- intimacy problems
- life transitions (career, countries, cultures, education, relationships, age)
- parental challenges
- self-development and creative growth
- shame and guilt
£65.00 - £70.00 per hour.
I am registered with some private insurance companies (Aviva, AxaPPP, Cigna, Healthcare).
I am currently offering online sessions only due to Covid-19. Please check my availability by sending me a message.
Please contact me by email or telephone if you are interested to book an initial consultation session or a short telephone consultation, before deciding if we are a good match and commit to regular sessions. I offer short term counselling, focusing on a particular concern or situation, as well as long-term psychotherapy which is aimed at working with underlying patterns and facilitating positive changes.
My practice is based in Earlsfield, SW18, 5 minutes walk from Earlsfield Station and close to Wimbledon and Clapham Junction. There is metered parking available.