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Marina Claessens
Chartered Psychologist in Bath - 12+ Years

Chartered Psychologist Marina Claessens
Full address provided upon booking, Macaulay Buildings
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  • Individual £70 - 60 minutes
Engagement rate - 59% of enquirers became verified clients

Working Hours

  • Mondays8:30am - 8pm
  • Tuesdays8:30am - 8pm
  • Wednesdays8:30am - 8pm
  • Thursdays8:30am - 8pm
  • Fridays8:30am - 8pm

Issue Covered

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Binge Eating
  • Bulimia
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress


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

Private Health Insurance Registrations

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • BUPA
  • PruHealth

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12+ Years Post-Chartership Experience

Welcome. I'm Marina. I'm a chartered and registered counselling psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychotherapist - I help individuals with their mental health. I hold private and public sector experience as a counselling psychologist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychotherapist. My interest includes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as the specific difficulties experienced by gay men, transgender people and women.

What to Expect

An initial assessment appointment allows you to see if you are comfortable with me, discuss what worries you, ask questions, clarify confidentiality, and decide if therapy may assist you. Please use a contact option on the right to book a preliminary assessment session in Bath.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy concentrates on how your thoughts influence your emotions and behaviour. It recognises and challenges negative thoughts which perpetuate the issues 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 cognitive behavioural therapy for alcohol dependence, anorexia nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), bulimia nervosa, depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and self harm.


Counselling centres on listening to you, and supporting you. You determine what matter concerning your early years and/or adult life you discuss. An aim of counselling is to help you to speak about a problem 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.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing directs your eye motions to affect how your mind processes information. The technique attempts to reprocess your frozen traumatic memories. 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) recommends eye movement desensitisation reprocessing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Psychology is interested in you and your thoughts, emotions and actions. It offers you psychological interventions and mental health support. The intention of psychological therapies is to help you ease symptoms.


Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you obtaining insight into the problems you face. It explores your ideas, feelings and relevant events in your history. Psychotherapy intends to help you change or find suitable ways of coping.

Thoughts on Mental Health

The end of summer can be a little sad for all of us; gone are the long evenings and the warmth of the sunny days. However, it can be a particularly tricky time for those who suffer with recurrent depression as the longer hours of darkness can trigger low mood. If that is a problem for you, it may be worth investing in a medically certified sun or SAD lamp. This can help with limiting the detrimental effect of the dramatic difference in daylight that we in the UK experience between summer and winter. As that first chill gets in the air, we are often tempted to retreat into the comfort of our homes and veg out in front of the telly, rather than braving the elements to socialise and exercise. Isolation can be another trigger for low mood as it is a sedentary lifestyle. If you can feel the sluggishness creeping up on you, find ways of motivating yourself to get out. Sign up for workshops, courses or social activities, and find a way to ensure you get some exercise. After all, there are plenty of indoors facilities where you can run, cycle or play sports, so I'm afraid the rain is just not a good enough excuse!
Read More: How to mentally prepare for September and stave off the post-summer blues
An excessive focus on body shape is one of the maintaining factors of eating disorders. Remember that very few people look like models or celebrities, and try to be realistic about how you want to look on the beach. Try and focus on healthy eating, which is underpinned by care for your body rather than the punishing stance of dieting. When you eat healthily, you cut out many high caloric foods such as refined sugars and red meat, and high fat content foods like cheese, which, especially in high quantities, are not good for you. Eat mindfully, which involves eating slowly and really appreciating the food you are eating, enjoying its aroma, its texture and its taste. It is also important that, when you eat, you focus just on eating, as carrying out other activities such as watching TV or reading can lead to over-eating. Eat when you are hungry, and not in response to emotions such as boredom or anxiety.
Read More: Managing eating disorders during 'bikini diet' season
'Mindsight' is a very interesting book about Siegel's treatment of some of his patients, using his own style of mindfulness-based therapy.  He explains the relationship between mind and brain, and how he applies it in his work. Fascinating case histories and a surprisingly fluid read. 'Descartes' Error' is an interesting exploration of the relationship between thinking and emotion, by the leading neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. 'Transformation and Healing' - if you are interested in mindfulness, this is an absolute must. A practical guide and an inspiring read. 'Finding Peace in a Frantic World' - the title describes perfectly well why this book is worth reading.
Read More: The 17 best summer reads on psychology and mental health
CBT is a treatment modality that focuses on helping you identify and change unhelpful beliefs, thoughts and behaviours which maintain psychological difficulties and problematic behaviours. In the case of substance abuse, CBT can help in a variety of ways. First of all, it can help build your motivation to change, by identifying the advantages and disadvantages of using and what would be desirable about giving up. It can also help you identify thoughts and beliefs that maintain dependence, such as 'all or nothing' thoughts ('I have smoked one cigarette, I might as well have the whole packet and start again tomorrow'), negative predictions ('I will never manage to give up') or permission giving thoughts ('I have had such a difficult day, I deserve a drink'). With the third wave of CBT treatments, you can expect to be taught techniques such as mindfulness meditation, which helps you tolerate cravings and treat thoughts as passing phenomena.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for substance dependence
Depression carries what is known as a cognitive bias. This means that people who are depressed have a strong and uncontrollable tendency towards negative thinking. This also applies to memory, in that they struggle to remember specific events from the past, especially if they were of positive or happy times. Depressed people also tend to think negatively about themselves, which affects their sense of self worth, and also have a tendency towards rumination and focusing on discrepant thinking (i.e. on the gap between how things are and how they 'should' be.) This cognitive bias is a symptom and also a maintaining factor of depression. Telling a depressed person to 'look on the bright side' only makes them feel even more inadequate and hopeless as they simply cannot do that because of the depression.
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Qualifications Timeline

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychotherapist
Graduate Diploma
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Royal Holloway University of London (UK)
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Workshops (UK)
British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Marina abides by the Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), 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

Marina Claessens has 5 Reviews (4.93 out of 5 stars)
By Rating:
5 stars: (4)
4 stars: (1)
3 star: (0)
2 star: (0)
1 star: (0)
By Issue:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): (2)
Stress: (1)
Relationship Problems: (1)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): (1)
By Therapy Service:
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR): (1)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): (1)

Bob, 64 from Bath

26 April 2017

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Marina's gentle and clear guidance has helped me navigate through a time of intense, often desperate, feelings about a long buried trauma. She combines both compassionate understanding and professional skill."

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

G., 31 from Bath, gave a review after 10 sessions

30 January 2017

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"I found Marina to be very approachable, very understanding, very authentic, caring, wise, receptive, knowledgeable and helpful."

Rating of Integrative Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

Anna, 31 from Bath, gave a review after 13 sessions

20 October 2016

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Marina has many qualities as a therapist. She has helped me in so many ways, taught me a lot about myself and given me the skills to help with my mental health which I will carry with me forever. She is incredibly easy to talk to and her approach to therapy is gentle yet rewarding. She has also created a safe environment for the sessions which helped to put me at ease. I would recommend her to those who have never had therapy and even those whom have had therapy before."

Rating of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

Alfredo gave a review after 4 sessions

20 May 2016

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Marina makes me feel so comfortable. I can tell her about anything and she doesn't judge me, very responsive and helpful. Always supportive and non-judgemental. I cannot say enough good things about her!"

Rating of Therapy for Relationship Problems:

Adam, 52, gave a review after 9 sessions

16 May 2015

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Marina helped me to better understand the sources of my problems, to clarify my thinking as to where I wanted to be in a year's time and gave me strategies for remaining focused and being positive. A very good listener and motivator."

Rating of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Stress:

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Widcombe, Claverton Down, Perrymead, Combe Down, Bathwick, Bath, Monkton Combe, Walcot, Claverton, Larkhall, The Oval, Bathampton, Warleigh, Bath Spa, Southstoke, Odd Down, Midford, Limpley Stoke, Lower Weston, Seend

Nearest Train Stations

  • Bath Spa (0.8 miles)
  • Oldfield Park (1.8 miles)
  • Avoncliff (3.4 miles)
  • Bradford-on-Avon (4.2 miles)
  • Trowbridge (6.5 miles)
  • Keynsham (7.4 miles)
  • Melksham (8.4 miles)
  • Westbury (9.5 miles)
  • Frome (10.2 miles)
  • Dilton Marsh (10.3 miles)

Wheelchair access: No

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Consulting Room of Bath Chartered Psychologist Marina Claessens

Updated 06 November 2017

Contact Marina
Please submit your details below. I will receive them immediately and contact you as soon as possible. Thank you. Marina Claessens.