Tolis Marinos Pg Dip MBACP MAC
I am a Person Centred/ Gestalt trained/registered Psychotherapist /Counsellor with many years experience in supporting individuals in understanding of their experiences, deciding for themselves what they need and make changes in their lives that can feel authentic and lasting. I work in a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and sensitive way with clarity and insight. I have experience in relationships, trauma, depression, stress and anxiety, long-term illness and bereavement. My work is evidence based and informed by neuroscience.
Sometimes we struggle with our past or a situation or relationship(s) and feel stuck in patterns that no longer work for us. This can be frustrating, confusing and self-defeating. Sometimes leads to depression, addictions or anxiety. Our therapeutic alliance can help you to explore and understand your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. A safe, confidential place to be yourself and deal with the issues.
I am a trained In Gestalt (Graduate Diploma) and Person Centred therapy (Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I see each client to be unique and so is my approach. I have worked both as part of a team (One Vision Counselling and Wandsworth Association of Psychotherapists) and in private practice. I am in regular Supervision with an experienced Psychotherapist and regularly attend Continued Professional Development. I work in close support with a distinguished award-winning psychiatrist if the need arises and have a network of highly qualified, trusted colleagues to whom I may refer you if I have no availability.
I have worked both in the corporate world as well as a Coach at Work for a London University, dealing with staff issues, occupational health, long term illness, maternity and alcoholism. I am also a member of the Association of Coaching. My aim is to build an alliance that is warm, supportive, solution focused, open and collaborative that your voice is heard and respected. This way you can get to know yourself, your dreams, needs, inner conflicts, fears and ways of relating to others. You can reflect on those and keep what works for you or change it. I also teach Coaching and train New Coaches.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have found that as a counsellor there are 6 things that make me an effective "therapist". These are experience, regular training, robust Supervision, strict adherence to the BACP code of Practice, focus on Self Care and the love for my clients, Counselling and healing.
I have been supporting people making changes in their lives for over 30 years, worked for One Vision Counselling and Wandsworth Association of Psychotherapists.
Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
Higher National Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Cert in Working with Anxiety and Panic attacks
Certificate in working with Survivors of sexual abuse
Cert in Attachment matters
Cert in Attachment informed Psychotherapy
Cert in Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis
Certificate in Behaviour & Habits Change
Cert in Systemic family constellations
Cert in the Shape of Trauma
Cert Working with Bereavement and Loss
Cert in Eating disorders
Cert in Understanding Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Cert in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy
Certificate in working with Anxiety and Panic attacks
Certificate in working at Relational Depth
Advanced Certificates in Psychological Coaching,
Certificate Performance Coaching,
Certificate Problem Specific Coaching and Counselling,
Cert in Management Coaching and Mentoring
Cert in Stress Coaching
Working at Relational depth
Mindfulness based Stress Reduction ( MBSR)
Pg Dip in Business Studies
Research topic: Addiction and 12 steps
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Emigration / Immigration and its effects
- Identity after major life changes
- Retirement (actual or pending)
I practice in two locations.
a) In Oxford Circus in Central London (postcode W1W) Oxford Circus, Goodge Street and Great Portland Street are the nearest tube stations
b) in Crystal Palace/ Sydenham (postcode SE26) Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill nd Sydenham are the nearest overground/ train stations
Reduced fees for people on benefits, trainees and students.
I see clients both daytime and evenings Mon- Friday and mornings only on Saturdays.
My research has been on Addiction / Alcoholism and the 12 steps, I have worked with many clients who have gone to rehab and want support during the early stages of their recovery. We have worked collaboratively to build a strong foundation for their recovery and future life. Dealing with the underlying issues of addiction/ alcoholism is the main focused our work.
I also work with clients who face long term illness or disability and the challenges that it brings in their lives. Our work is based on self care, boundaries and exploring potential and self belief.
i welcome clients who are hard of hearing.