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 Maria Barletta
Integrative Counsellor 
contact@minervatherapy.co.uk

Manage your anxiety
Heal your relationships

I am Maria, an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (MBACP).

 

I am also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Life Coach for Personal Transformation.

I offer counselling for anxiety and relationship problems. 

I  can help you with your present challenges, supporting you to make the changes you need to make so that you can have a more authentic, life-enhancing, value-driven experience of life.

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I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH).

I work predominantly as an online therapist.

Occasionally, I may be able to accommodate face-to-face sessions, depending on your case, circumstances, and availability. Please contact me by email to discuss.

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Please email first for an enquiry

 

contact@minervatherapy.co.uk

Consultation Times: 

Monday am, pm

Tuesday am, pm, evening

Friday am, pm, evening
 

I aim to reply to your email within 48 hours

 

You can also send me a query via The Counselling Directory

 

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.

In a nutshell:

what is it like to work with me? 

Clients often ask me: how do you work?.

 

It is a simple and at the same time, a very difficult question to answer!

 

I could start explaining about the approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, but unless you know about this, it is all pure jargon. 

 

The thing is that therapy is an emergent process. This means that neither you nor I can anticipate what will happen in the therapeutic space when we work together. What happens is an emerging process, that develops as our relationship develops and our ability to work together at depth.

 

This requires commitment to show up on the part of the client. As a therapist, I am already committed to you from the moment we agree to work together

As I am an Integrative practitioner, I can adapt to clients' needs.

 

In general, my sessions are conversational. Our sessions will be an interaction between you and me, and I will feedback to you as I consider it therapeutically relevant. 

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 it 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 Coach for many years. My approach combines principles of the humanistic and  psychodynamic schools.  I also integrate certain CBT approaches that work well with these approaches. In addition, and when appropriate, I use guided meditations, clinical hypnosis, and psycho-imaginative techniques to help my clients to get a better understanding and clarity of their situation, and personal challenges.

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I am your therapist if you are experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety and its associated conditions

  • Relationship problems 

  • Toxic patterns in relationships (what I call "pervasive patterns", that repeat over and over and that you feel helpless to change)

  • Unhealthy recurring patterns in relationships (with family, friendships, colleagues, or romantic partners)

  • Difficulty in forming and maintaining healthy, life-enhancing relationships (you struggle with relating to others, suffer from social anxieties, tend to form toxic relational bonds)

  • Relationships where you “disappear,” indiscriminately putting the needs of others before your own.

  • You have low self-esteem or self-worth, worry too much about what others think of you, and tend to people-please.

 

  • Perhaps, you have experienced bullying, discrimination, harassment, victimisation or have been the victim of a hate crime and need to process the experience and the trauma that resulted. 

 

In romantic relationships, you may be having one or more of the following experiences:

  • You feel that you cannot find a partner because you are simply "unlucky in love" or that “love is not in the cards” for you.

  • You feel "chronically" single or alone, in spite of your desire or efforts to attract a partner.

  • You have a “pattern” that shows up in romantic relationships (i.e.., unrequited love scenarios, toxic relationships, relationships where boundaries are not respected, not being able to create or maintain healthy relationships, falling for the “same kind of partner” even though the person and context may be different, falling for narcissistic individuals, etc.)

  • You choose love objects based on “magical thinking”, new-age type of beliefs that result in “love bites” scenarios, obsessions, and/or getting involved with abusive partners.

  • You are recovering from unhealthy relationship dynamics (i.e. narcissistic abuse, domestic abuse, coercive relationships)

  • You often experience challenging relationships, where there is a lot of “drama,” “highs and lows”, “push and pull”, break-ups, etc.

  • You fall for people who seem charming and loving, who do a lot of love-bombing and give you lots of attention but then end up abusing you. 

  • You fall for people who do not reciprocate or cool off when you become involved.

  • You have left an abusive relationship. You are now looking to build your self-esteem and are committed to creating healthy relationships in your life and need a therapist that can help you rebuild your self-esteem and keep you accountable while you build new relationships.

Perhaps, you are a loner, or have the experience of feeling lonely:

  • You feel alone, lead a solitary life, feel that you are “destined” to be alone, and suffer from low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, low mood, or depression as a result.

  • You feel like an “outsider”, like you do not belong anywhere, even when you actively put yourself “out there,” trying to fit in.

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  • Perhaps, you are living in a foreign culture, away from your family of origin. You feel estranged and disconnected.

 

  • Or, you struggle daily with finding a sense of fulfilment and belonging. 

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Relational difficulties may manifest as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, depression, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, self-worth, weak or blurred boundaries, and more. 

How can counselling help you?

It can help you to:

  • Find clarity to access the internal and external resources that will catalyse your healing and transformation.

  • Make distinctions between what is your “stuff” to work through and what is other people’s stuff which you do not need to own. This understanding will lead to more choice, and therefore, more freedom to create a new story for you.

  • Identify your strengths and work on your resilience, acceptance and ability to provide yourself with the psychological, emotional and spiritual resources you need to overcome your present circumstances.

 

In addition, if you are spiritually-minded, or you believe that you are on a spiritual path or journey, we can work holistically, in a way that takes into account your spirituality.

 

In my sessions, there is place to bring the whole of you. By exploring the things that are meaningful to you, we can start to find a way to help you engage with life-enhancing and soul-nurturing beliefs and values.

In therapy, we will begin by exploring your story. You will decide what you want to focus on, where you feel you can make changes, and develop yourself, and together, within the safe space of our therapeutic relationship, we will explore how we can help you to realise your goals.

Whether your challenges are with yourself, others or your environment, I offer you a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore, dissect, relate and resolve your present difficulties. 

I also offer sessions for Spanish-speaking natives. 

Consultation Fees:

Please contact me by email to discuss.

Availability for sessions varies. Please email me for more information.

  • E-mail me to agree a day and time for your first appointment.

  • Payment is required to book your sessions. The session is confirmed after receiving the payment. Sessions can be booked 7 days in advance.

  • Allow 24 hours to receive the payment and confirm your session.  

If you'd like to contact me for more information about how I can help you, please send me an e-mail with your name, age and a brief description of your problems.

Booking Sessions with Me 

Get in touch

**Please send me an email to check availability and to book an appointment.
contact@minervatherapy.co.uk**

Testimonials

"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. 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. 

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