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Do you tend to overthink and go over different scenarios in you head until you are exhausted? Do you compare yourself to others who just seem to be able to "brush it off", "let it go" and get on with life? Your days may be filled with with worrying about what others think of you and wishing you said or didn`t say something. Do you agree to do stuff that you don`t feel like doing just to make others happy or to avoid conflict? If so, you might be feeling overwhelmed and exhausted a lot of the time. You may even feel like you don`t deserve to take up space in your own life. Not feeling as important as other can also be emotionally draining. Will it be like this forever?

If any of this resonates, I would like you to know that there`s nothing wrong with you. You feel the way you feel for a reason. Sometimes we cannot see or understand it ourselves. You can get 'unstuck' with some support and explore ways to build the life that you would like to have, one step at a time. I create a warm, welcoming, safe space where you can just be YOU. Being really seen and heard is your basic need and therapy can help with that.

Asking for help and feeling like you deserve it, as well as thinking of your own needs can be difficult, especially if you have never done it before; that is why I offer a FREE 15-minute online discovery session/phone consultation to find out if we are a good fit and if therapy with me is what you need right now. Message me to arrange your session.

I am fluent in Russian, as well as in English. I came to England in 2004 so I can confidently say that I have great knowledge and understanding of both cultures.

Training, qualifications & experience

I developed interest in the subject of Psychology in my early teens and had a dream of working with people on a one-to-one basis supporting them through life`s challenges.

When I was 19, I decided to travel to England with the aim of acquiring a Bachelor`s Degree in Psychology (University of Bedfordshire), which I achieved in 2007.

My further training involved a Foundation Course in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2012) and then a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2015). Both of them from Regents University in London.

I am dedicated to undertaking continuous professional development training.
Two of the latest courses I have completed were:
Expert Strategies to Help Clients Develop Tolerance for Emotional Distress (April 2021) and

Trauma treatment with EMDR, CBT and Somatic Based Interventions: A Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Course (June 2020)

Member organisations

BACP

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

  • Narcissistic abuse
  • Co-dependency

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

£60.00 per session or £220 for four sessions when paid in advance.

Availability

Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available - times and dates are agreed on every time we meet.

Further information

What can I expect from the first session?

My initial consultation involves:

- you telling me more about yourself

- what brings you to therapy

- what you are struggling with

- your aims, goals and expectations

- significant experiences/memories that you feel are affecting your life

- I will tell you about how I work

You will then have time to decide whether we are a match and if you would like to carry on working together. You don't have to commit to working with me on the spot. I will also be able to tell you if I think I am the right person to help you.

How much is the first session?

It is a FREE 30 minute consultation over Zoom. If you are not familiar with the platform, I will send you the instructions on setting it up. It is pretty straightforward.

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online and face to face sessions available The building is wheelchair accessible

Additional languages

English, Russian

Online platforms

Zoom

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Marina Stepanova

Marina Stepanova