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About me

Do you worry about what others think of you and feel like nobody really knows YOU? Are you nervous about interacting with people, because you don`t know how to put your point across assertively? You may find yourself agreeing silently with something that you would rather say ‘no’ to, because you cannot bear even the slightest hint of disapproval. You want to have meaningful relationships with those important to you, but aren`t sure they would like or love you just as you are and not take advantage of your kindness. If you have been putting others first and feeling like you are not as important, you may start feeling emotionally drained or even overwhelmed and not know how to help yourself.

I would love to work with you, to get to know you and help you to feel better about yourself and start taking up the space that you deserve confidently without feeling terrified of being judged for who you are. Here you will have a warm, welcoming and safe space to just be you, without feeling pressured or judged.

It takes courage to ask for help and think of your own needs for a change. I understand that it could be difficult to commit to therapy or find a therapist that is right for you, that is why I offer a FREE 30 minute online initial consultation to find out if we are a good fit. After we meet, you would be able to decide if you want to work with me.

Send me a message to arrange your consultation.

I am fluent in Russian, as well as in English and 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

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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

Languages offered

English, Russian

Online platforms

Zoom

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Marina Stepanova Resourceful Counselling

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