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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’

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA(Hons)
  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Counselling - The Albany
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy - The Tavistock and Portman
  • 16 years experience of 12 Step addiction recovery
  • Counsellor : The Haynes Clinic Bedford
  • Counsellor : The Brook Dayhab
  • Counsellor : The Bridge Marbella
  • Private Practice

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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



Depression/Sadness/Low Mood

Panic Attacks

Family and blended family dynamics

Parenting, Step Parenting and Step Children

Difficult/Dysfunctional childhood



Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


From £55.00 to £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

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



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

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Marisa Smallman

Marisa Smallman