Dr Maria PournaraIntegrative psychologist
Feeling stuck, stressed or unhappy? Troubled by life challenges? Is your relationship facing difficulties? Even the strongest among us can feel lost or overwhelmed at times. As a Psychologist, I offer expert therapy services tailored to your specific needs helping you gain insight into current challenges and manage whatever life throws at you.
I am a Chartered Psychologist HCPC, BPS and BACP registered with more 10 years of experience in the NHS, third sector and private practice. I am a highly trained and experienced practitioner psychologist providing evidence based psychological services to individuals and couples. I apply my clinical expertise in a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties offering a psychological service tailored to your unique needs. I aim to help you develop insight into your difficulties, acquire healthy coping strategies in order to lead a meaningful life and build meaningful relationships.
If you would like to know how I can help you get in touch on 07714 997473 or email me at [email protected] For more information you can visit my website www.drmariapournara.co.uk
My areas of work.
In my private practice, I see people every day who may be faced with a variety of issues. Some examples of how therapy can be helpful for you may be:
- Gaining a deeper insight of what may be causing your difficulties.
- Connecting with different aspects of yourself.
- Understanding your feelings and emotions.
- Exploring difficulties in relationships with others around you, including intimate, family, social or professional relationships.
- Managing problems, such as anger, sadness, stress, that impede on your day to day life.
- Changing behaviours or patterns that cause tension in your life.
- Finding ways to move forward.
More specifically, I have worked with anxiety, depression, relationships problems, affairs, family issues, addictions, bullying, anger issues and personality difficulties. My clinical experience further includes but is not limited to: panic attacks, stress, low confidence, low self-esteem, life-crisis, life transitions, work-related issues, loss, grief, trauma (including sexual trauma), abuse (including emotional, physical or sexual) and identity issues.
I offer short-term (8 to 12 weeks), medium-term (up to 24 weeks) and long-term (a year or more) therapy. I am committed to an ethical, non-discriminatory practice and I welcome individuals from all cultures, backgrounds and sexualities. I abide strongly by the ethical framework of the BPS, HCPC and BACP.
How can Counselling/Therapy help?
Counselling, or personal therapy, allows you to explore any challenges you may encounter in a safe, confidential space. Counselling can help you deal with difficult feelings and thoughts as well as issues that may affect your personal, professional or social life.
The therapist is there to support you in a non-judgemental way. Although therapists will not give you advice they will help you to find your own insights, identify your own needs and think about how you would like to move forward.
Counselling often involves talking about emotionally painful issues, therefore initially you may find you are feeling worse. However, this is often the case for most clients and with the therapist's support you should gradually feel better. Normally, it takes a number of sessions before counselling makes a difference and regular commitment with your therapist is highly recommended so that you make best use of therapy.
What to expect in your first session.
The purpose of the first session is to meet each other and decide whether we can work together. Attending the first session does not mean you have to commit to therapeutic a contract with me.
I see my first meeting with a new client as an assessment session. I normally ask a number of questions to gain a good understanding of what brings you to counselling and identify your therapeutic needs. This is important so we can identify together how therapy can be useful to you. Additionally, in the first session, I explain how I work (for example confidentiality, cancellations, holidays, fees) and what you can expect from me.
The first session is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions about my role, experience and training as a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist as well as Counselling/Therapy in general.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
£120 for individual counselling (50minutes)