Welcome to my website!
My name is Maria Barletta.
First of all, I'd like to congratulate you for taking the first step to seek help.
I know how challenging it is to reach out to a stranger when you are feeling vulnerable...
This is why I'd like to reassure you that you are in good hands.
It's OK to feel that you want to know more about me, before deciding whether you want to work with me.
I work with people who suffer from any of the following problems:
Sadness of unknown origin
Toxic relationship patterns
Weight Management (which may include weight loss)
Lack of self-worth, self-confidence
Feeling unfulfilled in life
Bullying/Mobbing at work
Social Media addiction
I also work with clients in Spanish.
My approach combines talking therapy, life coaching, hypnosis, NLP, CBT and psycho-education. I am trained in Integrative Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Life Coaching and NLP.
I know that you are looking for help because you have a problem that is causing you pain. There are many reasons why clients come to therapy or life coaching and one thing is always true: you are suffering in one way or another and you want to stop that suffering. You want to change "something" about yourself or your life.
I believe that you are already whole and that you have strengths (internal resources) that are within you. You are just not able to access them yet, which is why you are looking for help.
I offer you a caring and safe space for you to explore your challenges without fear of being judged.
Would you like to learn more about each approach?
By working with me you will:
Gain clarity about what you want in this particular area of your life.
Know exactly what it is that has been holding you back.
Learn to question your thoughts and behaviours in a way that opens you up to new insights.
Become crystal clear about what you need to do to transform the area of your life you want to focus on.
Re-connect with the sense of knowing in your body, which will enable you to make better decisions
from a place of wisdom and deep intelligent intuition.
Feel empowered to access the resources you need to achieve your goals.
Experience what it is like to feel deeply supported in your journey of transformation.
A little bit about me
With a background in language teaching to adults, I have long been interested in helping people to overcome the challenges that prevent them from having fulfilling lives.
My life path has not been a typical one (if there is such a thing). I have lived in different countries and worked in a variety of roles. Before I became interested in psychology and the helping professions, I was a freelance language teacher, teaching English and Spanish to adults for more than 10 years. I have travelled widely and during those years, I went through many life challenging experiences that eventually led me to the realisation that my life path had been preparing me to help others who are going through similar challenges.
I started my journey into the helping professions training and eventually qualifying as a Transformational Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist before I decided to further my training as an Integrative Counsellor. Through personal experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of experiences of bullying, victimisation, abuse in personal relationships, lack of self-esteem and issues with body image. Living in different countries has also provided me with the experience of living in and adjusting to a different culture and, helped me to understand issues associated with loneliness, isolation, discrimination, and cultural estrangement.
In my practice, I draw on a wide range of helping modalities to facilitate change in my clients, offering a safe space to explore the issues that bring them to therapy. I bring the wisdom of different schools of thought to the sessions, acknowledging that each client is different and that, what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. I believe that the “magic” of transformation is found in the safe space created in the relationship with my clients.
I deeply believe that clients have all the resources they need to bring about clarity and healing. I consider myself a catalyst for change and compare my role as a therapist to that of a midwife, helping my clients to restore the connection to their inner thoughts and emotions, so that they can give birth to a more authentic life.
I am deeply committed to your flourishing. By giving you the support and encouragement that you may be lacking in a particular area of your life, I aim to provide you with the tools that will help you to develop a more resilient, self-confident and powerful self. Together, we can build the foundations for you to feel empowered to make your own choices and to create new opportunities that enable you to thrive.
My approach to helping is solidly built on the foundation of a deep understanding of the human condition and the need for each one of us to get involved, with a greater commitment, to the flourishing of life on Earth.
My mission is to contribute to a more enlightened world by helping people overcome their personal challenges and limitations so that they can fulfill their purpose and make a meaningful contribution to society and humanity at large.
As an Integrative Practitioner, I am trained in a variety of approaches:
Life Coaching for Personal Transformation
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
I am registered with the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS), an accredited register with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) – the same government authority that oversees BACP and UKCP.
More information about accredited registers here:
I am also registered with the following Professional Organisations:
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) - Full Member
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - Individual member working towards registration and accreditation.
CIMSPA - The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer)