Dr Maya von Spreckelsen, BSc (Hons), DPsych, CPsychol, BPS and HCPC registered.
I am an HCPC registered counselling psychologist and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. I offer weekly, one to one, integrative counselling and psychotherapy in short term and long term/open ended contracts. I draw from a number of different approaches to inform my practice. These include: cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic, systemic and humanistic approaches to therapy. I utilise both my experience and my training to work together with clients to address their individual issues and needs. One of the most important features of my approach is the building of a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship, within which clients can explore any difficulties they may be experiencing in a safe and confidential environment. If you would like to make contact, please email or call me and we can set up an initial meeting.
What to expect from the first meeting:
The initial meeting will involve an assessment whereby I will ask questions about why you have decided to seek counselling and psychotherapy, and what your hopes and goals are from the process. The first meeting will not be like a usual counselling and psychotherapy session. However, we would discuss how we could work together therapeutically in future sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
BSc Psychology and Sociology (Hons).
DPsych, Doctorate in Psychology, Counselling Psychology.
CPsychol, Chartered Member of the British Psychology Society (BPS).
Registered with the Division of Counselling Psychology, British Psychological Society (BPS).
Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I have diverse experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. I have worked together with clients experiencing: interpersonal and relationship difficulties, separation/loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, physical and psychological trauma, post traumatic stress, dissociation, childhood and adult sexual abuse, childhood and adult abuse and neglect, eating disorders, addiction, mood and personality disorders, psychosis, history of suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, self harm, neurological damage and cognitive impairment, stroke, dementia and ongoing physical ill health including chronic pain. My experience has included working together with clients individually, with or alongside their families, and I have also offered group therapy and workshops.
My work experience includes working within multi-cultural frameworks and settings. My therapeutic approach includes exploration into and alongside a person's family system and context, culture and community, and what meaning this holds for the individual and how they understand their experience to be. I have worked in varying therapeutic contexts, including working in NHS hospital in-patient and out-patient services, NHS Primary Care GP practice based mental health services, NHS Secondary Care mental health services, NHS Community Mental Health Team, Integrative Counselling Service offering long term counselling and psychotherapy and Employment Occupational Health Service offering short term counselling and psychotherapy.
I began my journey in the field of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy in 1998 as a psychology undergraduate on placement at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. Here, I developed a particular interest in neuropsychology, and the psychological impact of neurological trauma and disease. This beginning later informed my doctoral research exploring the meaning and experience of psychotherapy for Survivors of Stroke. Since then, the NHS settings I have worked in include: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, the Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre (St George’s NHS Foundation Trust), Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Adamson Centre at St Thomas' Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), and the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) IAPT Primary Care Service for Adults and Eating Disorders Project (EDP). Currently, alongside my private practice, I am working for Brent Older Adults Service, Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Trust whereby I am working both in the Community Mental Health Team and in the Memory Service.
Outside of the NHS, I have worked at the Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service and the Wandsworth Council Counselling Service. I have also worked as a visiting lecturer of psychology at St Mary's University and as a sessional lecturer of psychology for Birkbeck University of London.
My work experience to date has given me the opportunity to gain understanding and help people trying to manage both varied and complex issues in their lives. I have taken this experience to inform my private practice, where my focus is on the individual, their specific needs, and how best these can be explored in the therapeutic relationship.
I have found that for many of us, historic trauma including childhood trauma and neglect, plays such an important part in our emotional development and is key to how we manage and regulate our emotions both within and outside of our relationships. Particular life events and experiences can easily trigger past emotional trauma responses, often outside of our conscious awareness, and this can in turn increase feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, shame, fear and anger. Trauma responses may also manifest in to or contribute to physiological ill health. I have found throughout my therapeutic experience that increasing our awareness to these unconscious processes and finding ways to understand, manage and soothe our trauma responses can be integral to therapeutic process and outcome. Whilst therapy is by no means a cure, and cannot change what has already happened, it can offer a safe, non-judgemental and reflective space where some healing can begin take place. Therapy can also facilitate a greater sense of agency and trust in our ability to help our selves in the present and the future.
I am aware that what I have written here may not cover what you know and understand your experience to be. However, please do not hesitate to make contact, as I would be more than happy to discuss any difficulties you may be facing and how I can help.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£85 per session.