Counselling and Psychotherapy – Wimbledon Dr. Maura Abdelall CPsychol

Qualifications & Experience

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have completed a doctoral training in Counselling Psychology, I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Psychodynamic Therapy and I am also a qualified Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist. I currently work in the NHS as a Psychologist providing individual psychotherapy treatment and I have a private psychotherapy practice in South Wimbledon (although currently closed due to COVID).

The presenting difficulties I work with include; general anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, social anxiety, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem 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.


My Approach

Therapy is tailored according to each individual's needs. In my work, establishing a nurturing and trusting relationship with clients is important, because I believe that it is fundamental for therapy to be effective. My therapeutic work is aimed at providing a safe and trusting therapeutic space in which the person 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.

The type of therapy I offer is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Attachment-Based Psychodynamic Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Integrative Therapy (a combination of these psychotherapy approaches)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a practical short-term therapy aimed at improving the way one feels by changing thinking patterns and behaviours. CBT is a structured type of therapy, where you learn techniques to change your unhelpful thinking styles and behaviours to feel better and less distressed. Some reading and writing in between each session is required for this therapy, for example keeping diaries of thoughts, emotions and events. Research has shown CBT to be a very effective treatment especially for anxiety disorders, including: panic, worry, social anxiety, health anxiety, OCD, and specific phobias.

Attachment- Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy explores how past relationships and experiences may influence the way one relates in the present to one self and to others in various subtle and often unconscious ways. This type of therapy is more explorative and lasts longer, as it usually requires more time to speak about these deeper issues. Attachment-based psychodynamic psychotherapy is generally aimed at exploring relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, depression and childhood trauma.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a brief form of psychodynamic therapy (16 sessions) which is aimed at exploring and understanding repeated relational patterns which cause a person much distress. This form of therapy explores various relationships in a persons life, to then focus on one current difficult relationship with the aim of creating some positive change. This is only offered to individual's who are assessed and deemed to be suitable for this brief and in-depth therapeutic approach.


My Approach. BPS HCPC and BPC Logos

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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