Maria Papaioakim SmeatonPsychotherapist
I help men and women who need support to cope with well-being and mental health problems. They may be conditions you've suffered from for a while, like depression, anxiety, or they may stem from transitions or changes in life, such as a new family, a loss, burnout.
I can support you with habits you may have been trying to break for a while, like drinking, recreational drug use or trichotillomania. Also habits, which may have become a problem suddenly, like gambling. I have worked extensively in the field of addictions, with men and women affected by gambling, alcohol, drugs and their families. I can contribute in making a change.
I can help you make sense of problems related to an immediate crisis, a traumatic experience or if you’ve been in distress for what feels like for ever or have an overwhelming sense of resentment, worrying, stuckness, low mood, shame. I can help if you wish to understand how you relate to others, perhaps you suspect you are in an emotionally abusive relationship, or you need to feel better about yourself, deal with assertiveness, self-esteem issues or issues with work and finding meaning.
This is a chance to talk in a confidential and non-judgemental setting. The aim is to reflect on your situation safely and recognise that you have options; to gain insight as to reasons behind actions, thoughts, emotions; to get help in order to find your own way of managing differently.
I will need some initial information by phone or email, in order to gain understanding of your particular difficulty and assess whether I can help. The first face to face consultation is an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable with me and for us to discuss your concerns, decide whether we can work together and how.
I offer short-term and open-ended therapy with regular reviews, giving clients the chance to ask questions, verbalise how they feel things are going, so we can both plan how to proceed together. The end of therapy is again negotiated and agreed mutually, based on what was initially contracted and where we managed to get in our work together.
These are some clients’ comments about our work together:
'Positive, transformational, the best decision I have made for myself' '‘The sessions made me look at things differently. Maria challenged my preconceptions. Seeing her every week made me feel calmer and more able to deal with the everyday challenges of life.’ 'I really feel you helped me find my own way of managing my feelings'. 'Life changing! I finish our sessions feeling much more at ease with who I am and much more in tune with my feelings. Can't thank you enough.' "I was able to get myself from a dark place mentally to feeling back to my regular self with a strategy in place to stop myself sliding back into bad patterns and habits. She knew when to press for more detail and when to let me explore ideas to help me better understand my own thought processes.'
Issues often worked with
The fee for each session is £65 and it can be paid in cash or via bank transfer. The assessment/consultation session is also £65.
Training and qualifications
I have trained in integrative psychotherapy at post-graduate level. I am an accredited registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have practised counselling and psychotherapy for seventeen years.