Dr Martina Gerada
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
My work is deeply rooted in humanistic principles of mutual respect and collaboration in therapy. I work mainly from a cognitive behavioural perspective, integrating what are known as third-wave approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Meta-cognitive therapy (MCT) and Schema Therapy (ST). I also draw on psychodynamic principles and attachment theory to inform my practice. As a Counselling Psychologist I am committed to integrating theory (in the form of current research) with clinical experience, whilst maintaining an emphasis on personal reflection and development.
Taking the plunge and starting therapy is always hard and can bring up strong feelings of anxiety. This is normal, as anxiety is an emotion that prepares us for something that is new to us, or important to us. The therapeutic journey does have ups and downs and requires a strong commitment, yet therapy is a process that may also be joyous. Personal vulnerabilities sometimes house hidden strengths, and difficult life experiences often can highlight what is important to us. Therapy is not about providing false hope or quick fixes, but can be a space to think about, and prepare for, making meaningful changes in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych), a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation and a Bachelor of Honours degree in Psychology.
I have worked as a qualified psychologist in adult mental health services for over five years in primary and secondary care within the NHS, as well as in higher education settings. I have experience of working with various client groups from different age-groups, cultural and religious backgrounds, both in the UK and abroad.
Following my doctoral training, I engaged in further post-graduate training including courses in Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for various diagnostic disorders. Continued Professional Development (CPD) is an important part of my professional practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Fees for individual therapy range from £85 to £120, depending on type of session and time of day. I offer face-to-face appointments as well as online sessions (through video communication technologies similar to Skype).
You will be expected to pay in advance for an initial assessment but once in treatment, you can opt to:
- pay per session by cash (receipts will be provided)
- receive an invoice for monthly payments
I also offer psycho-educational workshops for groups and organisations which will vary in price depending on the length and content of the workshops, as well as group size.
I charge a variable fee for reports or referral letters on request. These are only available to clients who are in regular therapy with me.
Private Health Insurance
I am a registered provider with the following insurance companies:
- Axxa PP Healthcare
- Simply Health
If you have health insurance and think that this may cover your treatment fees you should contact your insurance provider prior to your first appointment. The insurance provider should be able to tell you if your policy will cover your treatment.
Please be aware that some insurance companies require a GP or psychiatrist referral before agreeing to cover your fees so please check with them first.
If you have private insurance cover but the company is not listed above, please contact me via email as this we might be able to set this up prior to your first appointment.
If you are unable to attend a pre-booked session please let me know at least 48 hours (2 days) in advance, otherwise you may still be charged.
Following first contact via telephone or email, I will ask you to provide some preliminary information about yourself such as: your contact information; your GP contact; an emergency contact; a brief description of your difficulties and; the reason you are seeking treatment. This is usually done through a phone call lasting 10 minutes and is free of charge.
This is an opportunity for us to meet to discuss things more in detail. It is usually between 1 - 4 sessions and includes an initial formulation of your difficulties and treatment recommendations. It is also an opportunity for you to decide whether you would like to start with regular treatment.
These tend to be weekly, with each session lasting approximately 50 minutes. Treatment duration varies depending on your individual needs and progress but is typically between 6 - 20 sessions. Longer-term therapy is also available.
My practice is LGBTQ friendly.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer clinical sessions on Tuesdays. The best way to reach me is via email, however if you would like to call please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer individual supervision to counselling psychology trainees and high intensity cognitive behavioural therapists. .