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When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves

Viktor E. Frankl

Maria Kalinina

Psychotherapist, MBACP

Past traumas haunt us, while the unpredictable future worries us -living in the present becomes increasingly more difficult. The constant that we can rely on is change. As a psychotherapist, my aim is to help you take control of the change that you want to make, to claim the life you want for yourself, to find your meaning in your life and live it as fully as possible.

I am trained as a Humanistic Integrative practitioner with an influence of Existential/Stoic Philosophy. I use the Three Phase Approach to trauma work. I work in a holistic way drawing from different skills/models I have acquired over the years during  clinical practice and training, supporting with the top-down and bottom-up approach to processing and healing from traumatic events. This allows me to tailor a therapeutic approach unique to the individual's requirements.

Some of the therapeutic approaches/frameworks I work with include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) Person Centred, STAIR Narrative Therapy, Transactional Analysis.
I specialise in complex trauma and some of the issues I work with include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Dissociative symptoms including DID
  • Existential Crisis
  • Identity Issues
  • Impulsivity
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • OCD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Esteem and Low Self-Worth
  • Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Self Sabotage
  • Shock Trauma
My experience includes counselling within the community for the NHS dealing with common mental health problems and offender care services dealing with complex trauma. This has expanded my empathic understanding to cover a diverse demographic and supported the development of both my professional and personal belief system of 'no problem is too great or too small'
As I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I adhere to the Ethical Framework for the counselling professional. For the Ethical Framework please click on the PDF symbol below
I undertake Continuing Professional Development.
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The Strength Within Counselling  is based in the Highcliffe/Christchurch (Dorset) area and for more information please feel free to contact us
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