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(Clement) BA(Hons), Dip Couns, BACP

About me

The decision to see a therapist begins with the decision to find the right therapist for you. There is absolutely no ‘one-size fits all’ and it is with this in mind that I invite you to see if we can make a connection in which you feel safe, willing and hopeful.

Many clients present with anxiety or depression. It is my belief that both anxiety and depression are symptoms of an overwhelm caused by an attempt to ‘contain’ as opposed to ‘process’ too much emotion. Emotion is ‘energy in motion’ the effort it takes to contain such a force will eventually manifest in symptoms of depression and anxiety. I strongly believe that by bringing what we hold in the dark into the light we gain relief and perspective in every sense.

My approach is integrative and person-centred a balance between looking at the past to understand the present and working towards some solution based focus for the future.

First and foremost my goal is to provide a confidential, non-judgemental setting in which you feel safe and secure.

I offer 1:1 counselling from my Private Practise in Hertford Town Centre as well as online via the Zoom platform. I am happy to travel to you at your home or place of work, if suitable.

Please feel free to contact me on : 07970491888 or email me.

Thank you so much for all your support and your amazing encouragement and spirit. You have taught me a lot about myself’

‘I am feeling better, you always manage to do that. You are a lovely lady and I am so glad I found you’

‘Marisa thank you. You are really helping me to accept what this is and deal with it. You are an angel’

‘Speaking to you today was like having a massage’

‘Marisa, I just wanted to say thank you for your support. You’ve been instrumental in some of my biggest ‘ah-ha’ moments and really helped me to understand myself better’

‘I'm crying happy tears at the moment. The feeling of feeling safe and secure is so overwhelming for me at the moment . Something I have longed for.... I was going to put a time on how long I had longed for it but actually I can't remember if I ever felt the security that I feel now. I know it's me that had to put one foot in front of the other but there is no denying I knew you were there to catch me if I fell. Thank you’

I am feeling better, you always manage to do that, so glad we met. X

Love our sessions Marisa, so so helpful in so many ways. You are simply superb X 

Thanks for being such an amazing (and really funny) therapist! (and human) you kept me going and kept me safe ✨❤️

Thank you Marisa. I mean this when I say I don't know what I would do with out you. 

You really helped today and I was very grateful you were there just as it happened. I was thinking today everyone should have a Marisa in their life 😊 xx

I feel absolutely battered by that today!!! I’m so tired I look shattered it’s amazing how much it takes out of you and I seriously don’t think there are many people that could have got me to that point if it wasn’t for you I would have given up by now . I feel such a connection with you I just think you’re a lovely kind understanding beautiful person thank you 🙏 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA(Hons)
  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Counselling - The Albany
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy - The Tavistock and Portman
  • Private Practise 
  • Counsellor : Revoke by Animo Healthcare (Piccadilly, London) 
  • Counsellor : The Haynes Clinic 
  • Counsellor : The Bridge (Marbella)
  • Counsellor : The Brook 
  • 16 years experience of 12 Step addiction recovery

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have much experience and specific interest in the areas of :

Addiction

Anxiety

Depression/Sadness/Low Mood

Panic Attacks

Family and blended family dynamics

Parenting, Step Parenting and Step Children

Difficult/Dysfunctional childhood

Relationships

Bereavement

Fees

From £60.00 to £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My sessions are 60 mins long and I offer
2 sessions a week at a concessionary rate.

When I work

Flexible

My office is accessible from North London, Hertford, Ware, St Albans, Bishops Stortford, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Potters Bar, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Radlett, Borehamwood, Elstree.

Further information

The pandemic has obviously forced much of my work to be on Zoom. I approached this with skepticism but what I have found is that working together on Zoom is a whole world better than not working together at all.
I am constantly amazed by the feelings, nuances and emotions that ARE transmitted via a screen and as such I am able to reach those that previously I might not for which I am grateful.

In person my office is easily accessible from London, North London, Hertford, Ware, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City, Bishops Stortford, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Potters Bar, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Radlett, Borehamwood, Elstree.

Hertford, Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG14

Type of session

In person
Online
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults