Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR in Fleet, Hampshire
My name is Maria Fragkou, and I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, accredited by the BABCP, and a clinical supervisor. I am based in Fleet, Hampshire. I offer CBT and EMDR, and I work collaboratively with the client to identify how therapy can meet the client's needs and goals, and alleviate distress.
I work with people with a variety of psychological difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and loss. I work with people who experience distress in the perinatal period and I also offer parenting support. I also specialise in adapting CBT for Autism Spectrum Condition and ADHD. I am based in Fleet, and I also see clients in Wokingham, Berkshire. I, currently, mainly see clients online, via Zoom, across the UK.
What I Offer
I work with a variety of psychological difficulties including:
Anxiety Disorders: OCD, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Specific Phobias
Loss and traumatic grief
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Interpersonal difficulties and relationship issues
Autism Spectrum Condition and ADHD
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
Parent Support and Coaching
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the principle that the way we think about ourselves, others, and the world around us, and the way we act up on those thoughts, can affect our feelings and emotional well-being. CBT is a psychological therapy that recognises that when we become distressed, we repeat unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour, which maintain our difficulties. Both academic research and clinical practice provide a strong evidence base for the effectiveness of CBT for various psychological problems. The focus of CBT is the reduction of symptoms of distress and improvement in functioning and quality of life.
EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that helps people to process disturbing past events, so the impact of those no longer causes emotional distress in the present and no longer affects interactions and relationships. EMDR is recommended by NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, for the treatment of PTSD. The application of EMDR for depression and anxiety is also consistently increasing, resulting in very good therapeutic outcomes.
Being a parent can be difficult, demanding and taxing on emotional wellbeing. I feel privileged to be able to work alongside parents to help them honour and meet their needs, whilst maintaining positive relationships with their children. We often feel that parenting is a project we have to succeed in but, in my experience, parenting is rather a work in progress, and a process, that, like any other relationship, needs genuine empathy and compassionately-set boundaries to thrive.
My aim is to support parents to make sense of the young brain, using reflective parenting and attachment-focused approaches. I believe that it is impossible to always get it right, and there is not such a thing as a “perfect parent”. Therapy can empower the parent to empathise with the young mind, act with compassion to self and the child, reflect, and repair.
I adapt cognitive and behavioural interventions for depression and anxiety to meet the specific individual needs of clients with ASC or/and ADHD, and depression and anxiety. I take a strengths-focused approach, working with the client to identify both strengths and challenges and make best use of the person's positive qualities to increase resilience and overcome existing difficulties. Both my private work and previous NHS roles involve adapting psychological therapy for ASC and ADHD. My work on ASC also includes specialist supervision and the development and delivery of training on adapting CBT for adults with ASC.
We will initially arrange an assessment session to discuss the reasons you are seeking therapy and talk through a therapy plan.
The frequency of therapy sessions and the length of therapy depends on your needs and your preferences.
I am based in Fleet, Hampshire and I also see clients in Wokingham, Berkshire. I currently mainly offer therapy online, via Zoom, seeing clients across the UK.