Counselling and Psychotherapy – Wimbledon Dr. Maura Abdelall CPsychol

Qualifications & Experience

I am a Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. I have completed a doctoral training in Counselling Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy. I currently work in the NHS as a Counselling Psychologist and hold a private psychotherapy practice. I provide CBT therapy, psychodynamic attachment-based therapy and integrative therapy (a combination of both).

I have worked with people presenting with various difficulties, including; anxiety, depression, panic, stress, OCD, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, sleep difficulties and childhood trauma. I have worked in various settings including voluntary charities and the NHS, enabling me to encounter and work with individuals of diverse age, gender, religion, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds. I currently work in the NHS providing individual psychological therapy to individuals experiencing a variety of mood disorders.

CBT therapy is aimed at helping individuals learn how their thinking affects their behaviour and emotions and techniques to help with this. CBT therapy is structured and brief therapeutic approach, involving completing tasks (e.g. diary, thought records, questionnaires) in between sessions to test out techniques learned. There is much research that shows that CBT therapy is particularly helpful in treating anxiety disorders (e.g. OCD, panic, phobia).

Psychodynamic therapy is a long term, explorative therapy which focuses on how relational patterns learned in ones early development influence the present relationships. This type of therapeutic approach is seen to be more helpful for treating chronic depression, low-self esteem, emotional dysregulation and childhood trauma.

My Approach

In my work, establishing a nurturing and trusting relationship with clients is important as I believe that it is fundamental to the effectiveness of therapy. My therapeutic work is aimed at providing a safe and trusting therapeutic space in which the client feels able to explore and process deep hidden emotions. The aim of therapy is to arrive at a deeper understanding of oneself and subsequently change, but also an acceptance of one self without being over self-critical.

In my work I use a combination of Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy theories to guide my clinical practice. Therapy is tailored according to each person’s capability and difficulty. I work on an individuals current difficulties by exploring how the past experiences may have influenced the present, which is generally considered a more psychodynamic approach. I also use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in my practice to enable individuals develop practical strategies that empower them to change how they feel, by changing their thought and behaviour patterns.

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For more information on how I may be able to help you, or to arrange an initial appointment please call/text 07931229137 or email me here

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