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Marina Zvezdanova-Bove Doctor in Clinical Psychology

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17 Years of Experience

Sessions from: €70.

My Credentials:

I am a highly experienced clinical psychologist working integratively from CBT and Schema Therapy approaches.  I have worked with Adult Mental Health services, Child & Adolescent services, Psychiatric Inpatient Units, Drug and Alcohol Services, and Older Adults & Neuropsychology services within the NHS. I have also worked for a number of organisations in the field of clinical psychology in London and abroad since obtaining my degrees.  I have a degree in Applied Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress and substance misuse conditions. I am licensed and registered with the Bulgarian Association of Psychologists.

My Approach:

I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy (ST). I practice with particular attention towards my clients requirements towards the therapeutic process.  My clients feel able to talk to me about their difficulties and challenges, and we use this information to guide the therapeutic process during our sessions from the beginning. I might ask my clients to keep a record of their thoughts or behaviour to help us establish connections between thoughts and feelings, and behaviors. This approach is consistent with CBT and sets the expectation that we will be working on how they perceive the connections between thoughts, emotions and behaviors when they begin to be affected by mental heath difficulties. My clients usually begin to see the interconnectedness between thought, emotions and behavior in their own lives from the beginning of therapy. One of the goals of therapy is to allow changes to be made to how clients think, feel and what they do as a result. As these areas of functioning interact with each other, we can effect therapeutic change when thinking patterns are changed and/or behavior is modified in order to change how they feel as a result.

A family unit is a group of people who care about each other. In family therapy, a group can consist of many different combinations of loved ones, such as parents/guardians and their children, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, kinship caregivers, etc. Family therapy can help with situations such as adjusting to a new life change (like moving) or a medical condition, changes and challenges that come with aging, death and grief, and relationship conflicts, such as parent-child conflict or sibling conflict. Mental health professionals also use family therapy to help treat certain mental health or behavioral conditions for one person within the family unit. For example, family therapy involving all or multiple members of the family can help treat anorexia for one person in the family.

Rather than looking only at symptoms, couples and family therapy examine each individual within a larger systemic context, helping them understand not only their own psychological state but how it impacts (and is impacted) by the world around them. Family therapy is a form of talk therapy that focuses on the improvement of relationships among family members. It can also help treat specific mental health or behavioral conditions that affect an individual, such as substance use disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.

I enjoy the work I carry out, as improving someone else’s mental state can have an impact on how I feel, too. I work hard to bring improvements to other people’s lives and this work impacts me positively. My skills and abilities have been developed during the course of 17 years, and I continue to learn and grow not only for my own benefit, but also for the benefit of my clients. Offering therapy is how I can impact positively others, myself and the world around me.

To summarize, clients who are in family or couple therapy might also begin to see the relationship between their behavior and their partner or child’s behavior. As we interact with others, our behavior guides how we feel towards others and we adjust our behavior accordingly. As such, behavior affects our emotions and our emotions affect our behavior, in a two-way direction of effect. They are then free to make substantial changes to their behavior, which in turn affects how they feel and the thought process behind is also subject to improvement in the course of therapy.

About me:

I speak fluent English, Italian and Spanish. Outside of work I enjoy travelling and visiting new places. I try to travel as much as possible. I also enjoy practicing yoga and mindfulness as a way to feel more fully present in my surroundings. I enjoy theatre and live music concerts. I enjoy taking part in acting classes to allow me to understand and express aspects of my personality that would like an outlet or perspective.

Summary:

I am an English, Italian and Spanish-speaking clinical psychologist, offering both in-person and online sessions of individual, couple and family therapy to adults.

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Accrediting Body

Degree in Psychology (Bulgaria)

Languages

English
Spanish
Italian
Russian

Types of Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Attachment Based Therapy
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Counselling
EMDR
Existential Therapy
Family Therapy
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
Online Therapy
Person-Centred Therapy
Schema Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Transactional Analysis

Therapy Issues

Addiction(s)
Anger
Anorexia
Anxiety
Behavioural Problems (Children)
Bereavement
Binge Drinking
Bipolar Disorder
Bulimia
Bullying
Chronic Pain
Culture Shock
Depression
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Health Anxiety
Homesickness
Identity Problems
Low Self-Confidence
Low Self-Esteem
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Panic Disorder
Perfectionism
Personality Disorders
Physical Health Issues
Phobia
Relationship Problems
Self-Harm
Separation Anxiety
Sexual Problems
Sleep Disorders
Social Anxiety
Stress
Trauma (PTSD)
Work-Related Stress

Client Types

Adult (18 or over)
Couple (both 18 or over)
Family (at least 1 child under 18)
Older Adult (65 or over)

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127, Dimitar Naydenov, 5006, Veliko Tarnovo, BULGARIA