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Online and face-to-face Counselling & Hypnotherapy

Minerva Therapy is an online counselling and hypnotherapy practice based in North London.

My name is Maria Barletta, I am an Integrative Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach.

I specialise in working with individuals who have relational difficulties, suffer from anxiety-related symptoms and struggle with low self-esteem and people-pleasing behaviours.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS), and the British Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy (BSCH).

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In person sessions in
Canonbury Natural Health Clinic:

First Floor 265 Upper Street

Islington

N1 2UQ

I work with people who struggle with:

What Clients Say

"I started my therapy with Maria in 2021 in the middle of the pandemic. Like many of us, I was feeling overwhelmed by the situation, not sleeping and my stress levels were stratospheric! Her sessions quickly helped me to bring perspective to the situation. The advice and support also helped me to manage my anxiety and stress levels. Initially, we started weekly sessions for a few weeks, and then we did once a month. Over time, I saw the benefit of seeing Maria - her great spirit, professionalism and good conversation were of immense support. 

 

I highly recommend Maria as a great listener, supporter and mostly a lovely human." Gracias Maria!

 

Counselling client, London. 

My approach to counselling

In a nutshell: what is it like to work with me? 

I take a conversational approach to our sessions. Our sessions will be an interaction between you and me. 

Sometimes, I will listen to you to allow you to explore your thoughts and emotions. 

Sometimes, I will ask you questions that allow you to explore even further.

 

Sometimes, my questions will challenge you, and that's ok. 

 

Sometimes, I will give information to help you make sense of your experience. 

 

I work in a way that respects your process but also, in a way that empowers you to create your own space.

 

After all, therapy should be about being able to create a space you can call your own, within the relationship with your therapist, where you can feel safe to explore and to test new ways of thinking and feeling, and where you can report what was like to behave differently in your every day life. ​

 

I am an Integrative Counsellor, also qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and I have been a practising Life Coaching for many years. My approach combines principles from person-centred, psychodynamic and CBT. When appropriate, I use guided meditations, clinical hypnosis, and psycho-imaginative techniques to help my clients explore the depth of their unconscious minds.

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What is counselling?

 

If you are finding it hard to cope with life challenges and are feeling overwhelmed, it may be a good idea to reach out to someone who can listen to your worries, challenges and struggles.

 

Counselling is a conversational process between the therapist and the client, whereby you (the client) are encouraged to talk about your problems and challenges.

Talking about what is troubling you is the first step. Therapy is much more than just talking about your problems. It is a process that takes place in relationship with your therapist. The quality of the relationship with your therapist is important and numerous studies have shown that it is an important factor in client recovery and healing.

 

The aim of therapy is to help you to connect with that part of yourself that is already healthy and whole. 

 

We all have this part  but sometimes we get disconnected from it through traumatic experiences and socialisation.​

What is online counselling?

 

Online counselling is therapy offered remotely via the internet to provide real-time virtual mental health care to clients. To communicate with my clients, I use a specialist telehealth service. My clients and I meet in a virtual therapy room. 

 

There are benefits to having therapy online, but there are also some limitations that are worth considering when deciding which type of therapy will best suit your needs.

Benefits

  • You can have counselling therapy from your own home at a time that suits you

  • Secure inscription software offers confidentiality and peace of mind

  • Some clients do not want to be seen entering the counsellor's practice. For them, online counselling offers privacy,

  • You can choose to have therapy at a time, place and pace that suits you, provided the therapist is available.

  • Some people have found that receiving online remote therapy works really well for them as they do not have to use their time  travelling to the practice, particularly, in the evening after work.

  • Provided the therapist of your choice is available, access to counselling may be more immediate. 

 

Things to consider

These are some of the things to consider before booking an appointment with me.

  • Are you comfortable using internet technology?

  • Would you prefer to see your counsellor face to face?

  • Do you feel you can express your feelings well using words?

  • Do you feel your situation is too complex to discuss via the internet?

  • Is there a computer terminal that you can use privately without interruption?

Is online counselling safe?

 

Online counselling is perfectly safe. I have been working online with clients for a few years now and I can say that, if anything, clients feel that they can open up even more than when they are in the room, face to face. 

In order to make it safe for both of us, we discuss a few ground rules in the first session, where you get the chance to ask any questions you want to know. You can also clarify your doubts during the initial consultation.

I use a very safe Telehealth application that is very secure. I send you the link and all you need to do is to click on it, no downloads or time consuming operations.

Online counselling allows you to make better use of your time and to enjoy the freedom that comes from choosing your own "safe spot" from where to have the session. It also allows you to stay put to process your thoughts and emotions in your quiet place, instead of having the leave the therapy room and go out on the street when you are still processing what went on in the session. 

How can counselling help you?

 

Counselling can help you to:​

  • Gain clarity about what you want in this particular area of your life.

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  • Know exactly what it is that has been holding you back.

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  • Learn to question your thoughts and behaviours in a way that opens you up to new insights.

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  • Become crystal clear about what you need to do to transform the area of your life you want to focus on. 

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  • Re-connect with the sense of knowing in your body, which will enable you to make better decisions

       from a place of wisdom and deep intelligent intuition.  

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  • Feel empowered to access the resources you need to achieve your goals.

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  • Experience what it is like to feel deeply supported in your journey of transformation.

 

I know that you are looking for help because you have a problem that is causing you pain. There are many reasons why clients come to therapy and one thing is always true: you are in distress or suffering in one way or another and you want to grow beyond that suffering. You want to change "something" about yourself or your life. 

I offer you a non-judgmental, safe and caring space to explore your troubles and challenges.

I am a registered member of the BACP and the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS), both, accredited registers with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) – the government authority that oversees the professionalism of the care professions in the UK.

More information about accredited registers here: https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/accredited-registers/find-a-register/detail/national-hypnotherapy-society  and in this leaflet, courtesy of Counsellors UK Together.

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I am also registered with the following Professional Organisations:

  •  British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) - Full Member

  •  CIMSPA - The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer)

Booking a Session

You can book a session by clicking on the right service below and making an online request for booking or a payment, depending on the session.

You can pick a day and time in the booking diary and then make a secure payment. You can pay by direct or credit card debit.

Or, you can e-mail me to agree on a regular day and time for your first appointment and to pay via bank transfer.

The booking for your appointment is complete and confirmed when I receive the payment. Please make the payment within 24 hours of scheduling the appointment. Allow 24 hours for me to receive the payment and to confirm our session.  

Payments will be made in advance of each session. Sessions can be booked on a pay-as-you-go system, however, it is advisable to commit to a minimum number of sessions, six being the standard recommended. You can read the Booking Appointments Terms and Conditions here.

After our first session, I will send you the client contract in writing with all the details you need to know and the information you need to complete for me to practise safely. You will need to complete the information requested and sign the contract and then send it back to me by e-mail. 

If you want to contact me for more information about how I can help you, please send me an e-mail telling me about what you are looking for, and a brief description of your problem.

Appointments for counselling/psychotherapy are 50-minute long. The fee is £60.

Appointments for hypno-counselling are 90-minute long. The fee is £90.

Appointments for career/life purpose coaching 50 minutes - £60

Availability for sessions: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please check the calendar when you book for time slots available.

My Services