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Dr. Maria Carolina Yepes
Chartered Psychologist in Shirley - 21 Years

Chartered Psychologist Maria
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  • Individual £85 - 50 minutes
  • Couple £135 - 50 minutes
52% of enquirers became verified clients

Working Hours

  • Thursdays
    7am - 6pm
  • Fridays
    7am - 6pm

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Problems
  • Stress


  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

Private Health Insurance Registrations

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


  • English
  • Spanish

What to Expect

An introductory assessment meeting enables you to see if you feel comfortable with me, share what concerns you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and determine if therapy could benefit you. Please use a contact option on the right to arrange a preliminary assessment session in Shirley, Croydon.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT concentrates on how your thoughts (cognitions) influence your emotions and actions. It identifies and challenges unhelpful ideas which perpetuate the problems you experience. The aim of CBT is for you to experience healthier thoughts and feelings.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates CBT for alcohol dependence, bipolar disorder, depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR guides your eye motions to stimulate how your mind processes data. The technique endeavours to reprocess your locked traumatic recollections. The aim of eye movement desensitisation reprocessing is to desensitise your upsetting memories.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) indicates eye movement desensitisation reprocessing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


(1 Review)
Psychology is interested in you and your mind, feelings and actions. It offers you psychological treatments and mental wellbeing support. The objective of psychological therapies is to help you alleviate symptoms.

Private Health Insurance Registrations

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


  • English
  • Spanish

Thoughts on Mental Health

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the concept that negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause you distress and result in problems. CBT aims to help you change how you think, feel and behave. It starts with an assessment, in which you and your therapist will identify your difficulties and set goals. CBT is a structured and active therapy, as you will be expected to collect information about your problems and try out new ways of thinking and acting in between sessions. CBT for OCD aims to change the meaning you give to your intrusive thoughts, and to test out new ways of thinking about them, which will help you change how you react to them. You will be supported to try and face the anxiety of having intrusive thoughts in a gradual way. It is a challenging approach, but it is done in a gradual and supportive way. Individual CBT sessions usually last 50 minutes on a weekly basis and treatment can last about 10-26 sessions. Anyone can benefit from CBT, but it is most effective when people are prepared to be actively involved and to carry out the recommended tasks between sessions. It is not recommended for those who only want to have a space to talk about their problems during sessions.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is based on our understanding that memories are normally stored in the mind and only recalled when necessary. Much of this natural mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement sleep (REM), when we are dreaming. EMDR utilises this natural process to help traumatic memories to be processed. Eye movements similar to those during sleep are recreated during therapy whilst you notice your thoughts, feelings and sensations. EMDR is a therapy effective in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With repeated sets of eye movements, memories tend to change in such a way that they loose their painful intensity and become more like neutral memories. During EMDR, you remain in control and fully alert. EMDR is not a form of hypnosis. The therapist will guide you, but will intervene as little as possible. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously and new connections are felt to arise quite naturally.
Read More: Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Qualifications Timeline

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion (UK)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Clinical Psychologist
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Clinical Psychologist
University of East London (UK)

Maria abides by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Verified RSCPP Client Reviews

has 2 Reviews (5.00 out of 5 stars)
By Rating:
5 stars: (2)
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): (1)
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Anonymous, 29, gave a review after 7 sessions

11 January 2018

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"I found a very kind and caring therapist who made me feel comfortable every time I saw her. I would highly recommend her if you’re looking for a psychologist."

Rating of Psychology for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

Anonymous, 61, gave a review after 20 sessions

02 May 2015

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Carolina helped me overcome a particularly difficult time. She was always patient and understanding, offering constructive advice."

Rating of Therapy for Depression:

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Shirley, West Wickham, Eden Park, New Addington, Addiscombe, Hayes, Elmers End, Selsdon, Beckenham, South Norwood, Keston, Shortlands, Croydon, Sanderstead, Pitlake, Bromley, Penge, Farleigh, Thornton Heath, Purley Oaks

Nearest Train Stations

  • West Wickham (1.2 miles)
  • Eden Park (1.4 miles)
  • Elmers End (1.8 miles)
  • Hayes (Kent) (1.9 miles)
  • Birkbeck (2.5 miles)
  • Sanderstead (2.5 miles)
  • East Croydon (2.5 miles)
  • Norwood Junction (2.6 miles)
  • South Croydon (2.6 miles)
  • Clock House (2.6 miles)

Wheelchair access: No

Updated 27 April 2018

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