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Dr. Beverley Marais
Chartered Psychologist in West End - 9+ Years

Chartered Psychologist Beverley Marais
Full address provided upon booking, Wimpole Street
West End
London
W1G 9RJ
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  • Individual £100 - 50 minutes
Engagement rate - 49% of enquirers became verified clients

General Availability

  • Weekday Daytimes
  • Weekday Evenings

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Stress


Therapies

  • Counselling
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Integrative Therapy


Private Health Insurance Registrations

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • CIGNA
  • PruHealth
  • WPA




More Detail

9+ Years Post-Chartership Experience

Hi. I'm Beverley Marais. I'm a chartered and registered counselling psychologist and a registered psychotherapist - I assist individuals with their psychological health. I have private sector experience as a counselling psychologist and a psychotherapist.

What to Expect

An introductory assessment meeting enables you to discover if you feel comfortable with me, discuss what troubles you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and decide if therapy could assist you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange an introductory assessment session in West End, London.

Counselling

Counselling centres on listening to you, and supporting you. You decide which matter regarding your early years or adulthood you explore. An objective of counselling is to enable you to speak about a difficulty and discover a way forward that is appropriate for you.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.

Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy combines therapeutic approaches to fit your preferences and the issues you experience. It considers your personal experience and options. The aim of integrative therapy is to help you develop your self-understanding.

Psychology

Psychology is interested in you and your mind, feelings and behaviour. It offers you psychological treatments and mental health support. An intention of psychological therapies is to help you alleviate symptoms.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the problems you face. It considers your thoughts, feelings and relevant moments in your life. Psychotherapy intends to help you change or discover appropriate methods of coping.

Thoughts on Mental Health

CBT, when applied to anorexia, views the eating disorder symptoms maintaining your anorexia as the result of an overvaluation of the importance of controlling shape, weight and eating. There is a relationship between how you think about your body, weight and shape, and how you behave, which controls your eating and your weight. Low self esteem, amongst other personality traits and characteristics, can predispose you to become more easily influenced by social media and societal ideals about being thin. A belief is formed, which associates thinness with positive regard and success. This dysfunctional belief is what prompts you to severely restrict your eating in order to control your weight. The psychological impact of starvation reinforces these cognitive disturbances and, over time, you become almost completely preoccupied with eating, weight and shape. CBT for anorexia would include psychoeducation about the physical and biological factors that may be contributing to your vulnerability. Therapeutic focus would lie on the core features perpetuating the disorder, such as emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, dysfunctional beliefs, and addressing motivation to change, in addition to addressing disturbances in your thoughts and behaviours. 
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for anorexia nervosa
CBT focuses on the effects of maladaptive beliefs, thoughts and viewpoints on your emotions and behaviour. The assumption is that situations or events may be relatively neutral, however, it is the meaning or interpretation that you attach to that event or situation that determines your reaction. Your underlying beliefs about yourself, your relationships to others, and your positions in your world are thought to influence your cognitive processing. These beliefs are constructed during early development, as well as through significant events experienced throughout the development process. This then becomes the lens through which you view yourself in relation to situations, events and relationships. Cognitive behaviour therapy for bulimia nervosa (CBT-BN) is a specifically adapted form of CBT and is referred to as a 'transdiagnosic' model of eating disorders. This model was developed by Christopher Fairburn, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Oxford and is viewed as the most effective current treatment for bulimia. A brief summary of the CBT formulation for bulimia would involve understanding your levels of low self worth and how this has come to be located predominantly in how you look. An exploration of your dietary rules would follow, and the consequential negative mood states when these rules are broken through bingeing. This pattern would then result in purging in the form of vomiting, laxative use, diuretic use or over-exercise, which in turn, results in further negative emotions such as guilt and shame. The maintenance of this cycle therefore reinforces your negative self image and then maintains the vicious cycle of bulimia. CBT focuses primarily on these processes that maintain your eating disorder. Treatment involves psychoeducation, behavioural experimentation and cognitive restructuring.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for bulimia nervosa
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on your relationships both inside and outside of the therapeutic encounter. This therapeutic model allows for unconscious and conscious processes to develop. This means that the therapist would listen and respond to both conscious and unconscious material in the room. The lack of an overt perceived structure to the sessions may feel overwhelming or even unbearable for many clients, however this space is necessary for treatment to happen. One of the ways this would happen is through the therapist's use of the transference to modify and repair your internalised relationships. The therapist would comment and make interpretations of the current therapeutic relationship while, at the same time, being aware of the underlying unconscious anxieties this may provoke. Ultimately, in psychodynamic therapy, the view is that the underlying problems or causes need to be understood before there can be an improvement in symptoms.
Read More: Psychodynamic therapy as a treatment for anorexia
If you have low self-esteem and also evaluate yourself negatively in comparison to others, you are more likely to develop an eating disorder such as bulimia. You may also view your self-worth as comprising totally of the way you look - for example, your weight and body shape. You may be unduly influenced by messages provided through the media about how women/men 'should' look. The strict diets you may use in response are not sustainable long-term, and this then induces a binge. A binge then induces feelings of guilt, which would then lead you to purge. Purging is therefore used to relieve some of the feelings of guilt, but is also used as a weight management strategy. This vicious cycle becomes reinforced over time, and may lead you to develop bulimia, and augment further low feelings of self-worth.
Read More: Therapists explain the common causes of bulimia nervosa

Qualifications Timeline

July
2008
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
June
2008
Master of Science
Integrative Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
Middlesex University London in collaboration with Metanoia Institute (UK)
December
2007
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist
December
2007
British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist
November
2007
Clinical Diploma
Integrative Psychotherapy
Metanoia Institute (UK)

Beverley abides by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Code of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Code of Ethics of the Metanoia Institute London.

Location Detail


My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

West End, Harley Street, Bond Street, Fitzrovia, Oxford Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, North Marylebone, Marble Arch, Baker Street, Tottenham Court Road, Hyde Park, Park Lane, Soho, Regents Park, Marylebone, Regent's Park, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, Mayfair

Nearest Train Stations

  • London Marylebone (0.8 miles)
  • London Euston (1.1 miles)
  • Camden Road (1.1 miles)
  • London Charing Cross (1.2 miles)
  • London St Pancras (1.4 miles)
  • London Victoria (1.4 miles)
  • London King's Cross (1.5 miles)
  • King's Cross Thameslink (1.6 miles)
  • London Paddington (1.6 miles)
  • Farringdon (1.9 miles)


Nearest London Underground Tube Stations

  • Bond Street (0.2 miles)
  • Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
  • Regents Park (0.5 miles)
  • Baker Street (0.6 miles)
  • Goodge Street (0.6 miles)


Wheelchair access: No

Updated 07 September 2017