Marina Abbate

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Available for new clients
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London SW4 & SE19
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, my name is Marina, and I am a Gestalt Counsellor (MBACP) working at different locations across London, including South West (Clapham), South East (Crystal Palace), central London (St Pancras) and online.

I work with individuals over 18 years old.

The idea of starting therapy can be daunting and finding the right therapist can feel bewildering, especially in moments of fragility and vulnerability. In addition to that, while some clients have a precise idea of what they want to work on, others are not clear about what it is that is not working. In both cases therapy can be a space to set some dedicated time aside with a professional to find perspective and clarity.

As a Gestalt trained therapist I focus on the present moment, informed by past experiences and the expectations for the future, encouraging creativity, ‘response-ability’ and body-mind wholeness.

I am interested in the dialogical (verbal and non-verbal) encounter between you and I and I am curious about how we relate to each other and how this relationship can support your personal discovery and growth.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am originally from Rome where I have trained and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, specialising in Health Psychology. I have lived in different Countries and worked in a number of fields before coming back to my original passion, that is working alongside people to promote their potentials and support them in fully embracing their lives.

In the UK I have trained and qualified as a Gestalt Counsellor, integrating my past experiences and studies in a way that feels enriching, whole and supportive in my work with clients.

I have experience in delivering counselling in a variety of services, including the NHS, where I am currently volunteering and where I have supported clients with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma and general feeling of stuck-ness.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered


£65.00 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

At my Crystal Palace practice I also offer Saturday morning sessions.

Further information

The initial session is an opportunity to get a sense of each other and find out if I am somebody you would like to work with. I also offer a 15 minutes free consultation online if you would like to meet me virtually before booking the first appointment.

Whatever it is that you are struggling with I will be happy to hear from you.

London, Clapham, SW4

London, Crystal Palace, SE19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet