Counselling and Psychotherapy
“Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Maria has gained a diploma in integrative psychotherapy with a BSc and MSc in the field of psychology, and has experience working with various psychological, emotional and spiritual issues such as:
- Existential crises
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Inner conflict
- Addictions including eating disorders, obsessive and compulsive disorders
- Spiritual crises (also known as (‘Spiritual emergency’).
- Survivors of Human Trafficking
- War veterans
- Domestic violence and abuse support
- Experienced Physical, sexual, emotional and mental abuse
- Forensic psychotherapy
The main principles of integrative psychotherapy are combing different psychotherapeutic modalities such as: humanistic, psychodynamic, existential and transpersonal. The ethos of the integrative approach to work holistically to a client's issue involving aspects of affective, behaviour, cognitive, physiological levels of functioning and as well as addressing spiritual facets of the person1
Theoretical integration permits working with different elements from each modality at any given moment; the unconscious, the subconscious and our conscious mind work together to create your reality. The client can present at any point during therapy a variety of material stemming from any of the three minds. Therefore, an integrative approach tailors therapy to their client rather than a client to therapy.
1 The Association: Definition of 'Integrative'". International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
BACP (2016) Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Lutterworth: BACP.