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Mariella Aristidou

Type of therapist: Counselling

Location: Hertfordshire


Trauma Depression Anxiety School refusal Bereavement Classroom Observation / Advice for Teachers OCD Mindfulness Self-esteem / confidence Behaviour Plans Theraplay CBT Psychoanalysis Person-centred therapy Talk therapy Avoidance Panic Panic attack Parenting Parenting support Mental health Anger management Eating Disorders


  • Diploma In Counselling Children & Adolescents
  • Certificate In Counselling Children & Adolescents Using the Arts
  • BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
  • BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
  • Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
  • Sociology/Psychology
  • B.A.Hons - Upper Second Class 2:1
  • THESIS: “Housing after the Asylums” - Community Care in the 1990’s.
  • Enabling Children & Teenagers to speak about Feelings Through Sandplay
  • Child Protection/Safeguarding
  • Enabling Children to speak about Feelings through Puppetry
  • Therapeutic Work with Teenagers
  • Enabling Children & Teenagers to Speak about Feelings Through Multi-Arts
  • Enabling Children & Teenagers to Speak about Feelings Through Emotional Literacy & Games
  • Calm, Creativity & Competence: Relaxation, Calming Techniques & Guided Visualization to enable Children & Teenagers to Access Learning & Positive Confidence.
  • Working with Survivors of Abuse
  • Short Term Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Working with Young People


  • If you are struggling to come to terms with the mental health impact of changing work and family circumstances, financial insecurity, isolation, domestic violence, bereavement, societal breakdown and prolonged uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, you are not alone..
  • I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) who works in accordance with the BACP’s Ethical framework.
  • I began my academic training in the field of Psychology at London Guildhall University and after extensive research on Community Mental Health Care I progressed onto a 3yr BACP accredited Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I qualified in 2008 and set up in private practice.
  • In 2013 I undertook the Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents Using The Arts which allowed to me to then go on and set up a Counselling Service in a Primary School and an Alternative Provision working with vulnerable children and adolescents.
  • In addition to my private practice I have also worked as a psychotherapist in community counselling agencies such as MIND, Barnet Community Counselling and Counselling Initiatives in Islington as well as with young people at Hornsey YMCA and Whitefields Secondary School.
  • Therefore, in addition to one to one counselling I can also offer bespoke well-being and pastoral programmes which can be developed for a variety of settings from primary and secondary schools to pupil referral units.
  • Using some of the key elements of counselling, I am able to work with individuals, groups and whole settings whereby I seek to develop working programmes that look at areas such as conflict resolution, working with others, listening and self esteem as well as addressing specific issues identified as being significant to that particular setting.
  • I understand my work as a counsellor to be about providing you with a non-judgemental, safe, relational space, where my role is to facilitate you in addressing past experiences and how they impact on the present, the person you are today and support you in developing a deeper awareness of how you experience yourself privately, in relationships, in the world and in the present moment in the
  • counselling relationship.
  • The counselling process can enable the possibility for exploring choices and change and can also lead to greater self-understanding, heightened self-acceptance, improved relationships with others and greater control over your life.
  • My approach to counselling is Integrative, with an emphasis towards Humanistic. This means that I have been trained in a number of different approaches, which enables me to adapt my counselling approach to your personality and presenting problem.
  • Most importantly however I aim to work without judgement, creating a space that is safe, respectful, caring and confidential. For me, the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is the key component in successful counselling.
  • As a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor it is my aim to find a way of helping you that is right for you. Together we will discuss the difficulties that have brought you to counselling and consider ways of working through them so that you can gain understanding, make choices and ultimately live more fully.
  • I work with a person’s whole experience rather than giving a singular importance to thinking, feeling or behaviour. These aspects of a person might be looked at individually but are treated as parts of a whole.

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