Maria Castilla Perez, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Maria Castilla Perez

English, Spanish
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Maria Castilla Perez, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Maria Castilla Perez

English, Spanish
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My Approach

I originally trained as an Existential psychotherapist and have added other modalities such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I have also done a Masters Degree in Mindfulness Approaches. I apply concepts related to Mindfulness in my practice as a therapist as well as teaching Mindfulness courses in my place of work.

About Me

My background is quite International which helps me to empathize with people from various backgrounds. I was born in Bogota, Colombia and my native language is Spanish. I studied advertising at the university there and graduated in 1988, after that I came to England to learn English and became fluent. I made a decision to stay and become a UK citizen which led me to decide to retrain as a therapist and qualified as a Counsellor and Existential Psychotherapist over 20 years ago.

Recently I trained as a Mindfulness practitioner and completed an MA in Mindfulness Approaches in 2018. This has allowed me to bring some of the psychological concepts into my work and to teach Mindfulness 8 week courses for patients in a clinical context. I have worked with patients in a hospital setting often supporting them to find new meaning in their life as well as supporting them in finding ways of coping with long term conditions and survivaship. Issues people bring to work in therapy with me are varied, such as anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, difficulties in adapting to new situations, stress brought on by work and relationships, abuse and isolation. My approach is eclectic drawing from the many approaches I have learnt and it focuses on the relationship between therapist and client.

‘This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance’

I work with

  • Couples
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

We all feel anxiety as this is part of being alive. Sometimes the anxiety becomes overwhelming and is important to understand, process and learn to manage it so it stays in the background, allowing us to get on with living life.
I have worked for the past 15 years plus, as a Specialist Haematology Psychotherapist. In this role I have worked with those suffering from non malignant and malignant blood conditions. Some of these are terminal conditions some are chronic conditions. Each one requires a different approach and set of skills to learn to manage. During therapy we work towards learning the individual approach that would be useful for each person, drawing from existential and Buddhist philosophy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Approaches.
I have ample experience working with depression, anxiety, loss of identity, loss of meaning and grief.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Existential Psychotherapist
  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Terminal Illness
  • Training
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy



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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Maria Castilla Perez

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