Offering a range of psychological and behavioural therapies in the heart of London to support you in your understanding, self development and self-
80a Southampton Row
London WC1B 4BA
Bloomsbury Therapy Centre
Psychotherapy – Counselling – CBT -
Bloomsbury Therapy Centre
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Qualifications & Experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist, and hold a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (ADEP) from Regent’s University.
I am fully accredited through the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I adhere strictly to the UKCP’s Code of Ethics, and receive regular supervision with supervisors also regulated by the UKCP. I am also a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).
As well as working in private practice, I currently work within the South London and Maudsley NHS (SLaM) Trust in a secondary care service. I have previously been a counsellor with Rape Crisis England (via Women and Girls’ Network), Survivors UK, and one of London’s leading drama schools. I also have extensive experience as a volunteer, shift leader, and trainer with one of the largest London branches of Samaritans.
I have significant experience working with:
The question I am asked most frequently is ‘why would I choose to see a psychotherapist?’, so I will address this question first and foremost.
Some people come to therapy after a bereavement, the breakdown of a relationship, or perhaps the loss of a job. Others come after a specific crisis. Sometimes, feelings of anxiety or depression, lethargy or general feelings of purposelessness can seem insurmountable, yet inexplicable.
Some people find themselves confused in their circumstances – ‘How did I get here, and what do I do now?’ – or are struggling to make decisions. Times of transition are often fraught with anxiety eg the beginning or end of university, marriage, parenthood, retirement. Others feel that although on the surface they have everything they need, there is still a niggling feeling – a hunch, perhaps – that something isn’t quite right.
Simply put, there is no ‘right’ reason to consider therapy. How we feel in our lives should never be compared to how others feel in theirs. Our experiences, and our responses to what life throws at us are our own, and nobody else’s.
How I work
I would describe my approach as psychodynamic, but lean towards an existential perspective. What this means in practice is that whilst the importance of past events, and relationship patterns or dynamics are integral to the person you are today, it is how you come to clarify and understand those events from the perspective of the present that will enable you to move forward.
In particular, I feel that both the psychodynamic and existential approaches are more accessible and more relevant in a multicultural and increasingly secular society. Existential psychotherapy asks us to consider our values, and what really matters to us. We are invited to examine our lives, and encouraged to live courageously, responsibly, and with authenticity. Existential therapy asks questions such as ‘How am I choosing to live?’, and ‘What part am I playing in my own life?’.
Crucially, therapy is a collaborative endeavour. We will work together to identify patterns, gently question existing assumptions, and hopefully learn something about how you are carrying yourself through the world and interacting with others, which can then lead to meaningful change.
I have previous experience working in the film and television industries, primarily in drama development and casting, and I retain an interest in these fields.
An initial session costs £50. An initial session gives us the opportunity for me to hear what has brought you to therapy, and for us to think about whether we would like to work together. It is important that you find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, and being in the same room is a good way of gauging this.
The cost of individual therapy starts at £75 per session. I operate a sliding scale on a case-
Fees are payable weekly in cash or by bank transfer. I am happy to provide a receipt.
I have a one week cancellation policy. Sessions cancelled or not attended for any reason, at less than one week’s notice will be charged in full.
Marya Goga PG Dip ADEP
Psychotherapy and counselling offer an environment in which to talk about your concerns, to make them alive in the presence of a therapist; someone who is trained to remain non-
Tel : 07779 590056