I’m glad you found your way here. My goal is to offer you the resources and inspiration you need towards emotional well being, personal growth and lasting change. I welcome anyone who feels that psychotherapy and counselling may be of help. Whether you’re considering to have short term counselling (8 sessions) to focus on a specific issue, or longer-term counselling or psychotherapy, together we can map out your journey through therapy.
I am a registered Psychologist, Psychotherapist and individual and couple Counsellor based in both Edinburgh and Haddington, UK where I run my private practices. In addition to this, I provide psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals and couples via online platforms to international clientele, mainly expats living in different parts of the world.
Why consider psychotherapy and counselling?
Challenging relationships, transitions and other life events can sometimes take us by surprise and make us feel overwhelmed. That’s why it’s helpful to take a step back and talk to a counsellor who can help you make sense of what is happening – not just around you, but also within you. It is in counselling that we move towards making lasting change. We learn how to stop hurting others and ourselves, and start taking steps towards deeper connection and growth.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Maya as a friend and colleague. I participated in therapy training groups alongside Maya at The University of Edinburgh and later at Bright Light Relationship Counselling where she worked with both individuals and couples from diverse cultural backgrounds. Observing and interacting with Maya in these contexts, I experienced her as a very warm, engaging, and reliable person and practitioner. I have witnessed her passion for counselling and psychotherapy and have also seen her build strong relationships with her clients. Maya is a therapist I often refer clients to as I trust her wholeheartedly to offer a relationship that is supportive and healing for the people she works with.”
“I just wanted to take the time to thank you for `being with me` just the way I needed. For the first time I felt I had real space to explore myself and came to a greater awareness of how I am in the world. I always felt safe and able to go at my own pace. You`re an absolute credit to the counselling and psychotherapy profession.”
“As a therapist of highest integrity, a significant aspect of Maya’s strengths is her capacity to support, empathise with and facilitate the potential in individual, couple and group diversity. Her own lived experience of studying, living and working in different countries – Croatia, Slovenia, Sweden, UK – especially enhances her sensitivity.”
“I just wanted to write you a wee note to let you know how much our sessions have meant to me over the past year. I really don’t know where we`d be if I hadn’t come to speak to you. You`ve helped me through the darkest time of my life, when I thought there was no hope, when there was nearly nothing left of me. You`ve been a lovely, calm voice of reality, kindness, safety and hope that gave me enough strengths to keep going each day. I will miss our sessions and the comfort you brought to us, but I am also now hopeful for our future. This is mostly due to your wonderful support. So thank you with all our hearts.”
“I was a client and worked with Maya from October 2017 to May 2018. My counselling experience was deeply personal and incredibly transformational in the end. Maya is an absolute professional and she created a counselling environment based on high levels of trust, empathy and a real understanding of what it means to be human. This enabled me to make the change possible.”
“It is a weird thought to say goodbye to someone who knows so much about yourself. Thank you so very much for being there every week. For listening and organising all those long hidden boxes on my brain shelf. For providing all those tissues and never steeling any from my box. For the right questions, wise theories and laughs at the right time. In my eyes you are a remarkable counsellor, if that counts for anything.”
“As Maya’s supervisor I experience Maya to be highly motivated and self-aware; always willing to expand her knowledge of self, others, and situations for the benefit of the counselling process. She is sensitive and conscientious counsellor and offers clients a safe place where they can openly explore their life situations.”
“Maya was a joy to work with in the clinical practice at the outpatient psychiatric unit within the Salhgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburgh, Sweden. She is warm, empathic and a highly competent practitioner and was an asset to the clinic and her clients.”
“I started seeing Maya as my business had just collapsed and I was in and out of a very troubled relationship. At first I was scared to go and only did so on a friends recommendation. I felt it wasn’t going to be something for me but after a couple of sessions I felt comfortable and knew I was going to get a great deal out of the time I dedicated to the process. We worked on rebuilding my confidence and figuring out why I was the way I was in relationships.”
By listening to you, and looking at what drives you, what scares you and what motivates you, I help guide you to the inner strength and resources that you have within yourself for making lasting change.
I offer online counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals and couples for issues such as anxiety, depression, relationships, sexual difficulties, stress, burnout, panic disorder, addictions, PTSD, conflicts and trauma. I have been developing my professional career for over 14 year, mainly in the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy of adults. In a constant process of training and learning, in recent years I have been specially trained in work related stress and burnout, grief counselling, attachment, Internal Family Systems Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy. My work methodology is integrative since I use tools and techniques from different approaches and I adapt to the needs of each person. I look at the person or a couple and their relationship from a bio-psycho-social and integral perspective and work on the difficulties and symptoms both emotionally, cognitively, behaviourally and at the body level, especially taking into account the theory of attachment and its psycho-therapeutic applications.
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy and Counselling are terms that are often used interchangeably. Many people see them as overlapping activities with some differences but with a lot of features in common. Some argue that there is no difference at all. And there are others who view them as two completely distinct activities.
My experience shows me that clients in counselling tend to focus on present difficulties. They usually commit to have, what is considered, a short term therapy (up to 8 sessions). Clients who are in psychotherapy tend to explore their past experiences more in order to make sense of their presence. They also tend to dive into their subconscious to get to an understanding and greater awareness of themselves. Psychotherapy tends to last longer and sometimes clients stay in psychotherapy for years.
Our relationships are what matters most to us. Couple counselling enables people in close relationships to express and explore difficult thoughts, fears and insecurities safely.
Online Counselling and Psychotherapy
Online Counselling and Psychotherapy (e-therapy, telehealth or distance counselling) moves counsellor and client being together in a room to being connected via an online platform as Skype™ or Zoom, with the counsellor located in their place of work and the client wherever works for them – usually at home. If you want to find out more about benefits of having online counselling and psychotherapy you may klick on the following link.