GROWING GOOD PRACTICE


Ana Carina Maloney, BA, MA, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, Coach, and Mindfulness Teacher

WELCOME


You may be considering psychotherapy, coaching or mindfulness training for yourself or exploring what is available for someone you care about. Please have a look around the website to get a sense of how I work and what you could expect in working with me.

ABOUT ME


I am a US and UK trained clinical psychologist with a special interest in coaching and mindfulness practice. During my studies and supervised clinical work, I learned both psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioural approaches to formulation and treatment. For more than 10 years, I have provided psychological assessment and treatment to diverse clients in the US, UK, and Germany in inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2010, I enriched my work with further certifications in coaching and mindfulness-based techniques.

At the Growing Good Practice, I offer services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. As a .b teacher, I teach mindfulness to children and adolescents in schools. Giving careful consideration to the unique stories, challenges, and strengths of my clients, I tailor my interventions to meet their specific needs.
I offer an initial consultation at no charge, which gives you opportunity to experience how I work without committing to further meetings.
Both individual coaching and therapy sessions are typically arranged on a weekly basis with a duration of 50 minutes.
In addition to face-to-face meetings, I offer Skype sessions to those who travel or are otherwise unable to meet in person. In some cases, I will consider online work with individuals living outside London.

COMMON ISSUES


Common issues I address with my clients include, but are not limited to:
  • Coping with Depression

  • Stress Management and Burnout Prevention

  • Building Confidence and Cultivating Self-Compassion

  • Improving Relationships and Conflict Resolution

  • Overcoming Anxiety, Fear, and Panic

  • Improving Attention for Performance Enhancement

  • Managing Difficult Life Transitions

  • Living with Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Self-Care for Carers of Children with Disabilities

When my clients feel comfortable enough to speak truthfully and to safely experience their emotions in full awareness, change can take place. I try to create a warm and accepting environment, while gently challenging unhelpful beliefs or assumptions my clients may hold about themselves, other people, or aspects of their environment. I have observed that, with greater self-knowledge and attention to the present, it becomes easier to effectively and consistently reach your goals, to address your true needs, and build on your unique abilities. Skills learned during our work together are often applied in a variety of future situations. Please click on the FAQs link for helpful definitions and information on the therapy process.

FAQ`s


Personal coaching or life coaching aims to help clients clearly define and achieve personal goals. Life coaches use multiple tools that support clients in this process. An effective coach helps clients to understand themselves, to define where they want to be, and get there. Highly successful individuals can benefit from the support of a coach to achieve specific goals. In my work as a coach, I find great joy in helping my clients actualise their potential and grasp their true range of possibilities.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.

-Rumi-

CBT aims to influence unhelpful emotions, behaviours and thoughts through a goal-oriented, systematic therapy process. Treatment is often brief and time-limited. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the client’s problem. This then leads to the identification of therapy goals and strategies that are continually monitored. There is a strong emphasis on the client putting skills learned during sessions into practice between meetings (aka homework). By the end of the treatment, the client often has developed useful insights and skills that will significantly benefit him or her in the future.
CBT is a treatment rooted in theory and is supported by research and evidence-based practice. Research has shown CBT to be the most effective psychological treatment for moderate depression and, in some cases, to be as effective as antidepressant medication.
As a CBT therapist, I have helped many individuals to develop cognitive-behavioural skills to overcome their suffering and to build on their existing strengths and talents.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it

-Aristotle-

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert to address difficulties associated with shame and self-criticism. I have successfully used this approach in conjunction with CBT techniques to help clients in individual and group work.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental, receptive mind state in which one observes thoughts and feelings in the present moment as they are, without trying to suppress or change them. Through mindfulness practice, we train our attention, learn to reflect instead of react, and to live in the here and now. This leads to enhanced well-being, emotional resilience, and a greater sense of calm.

I have received formal training in both MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy).

MBSR is an 8-week group program that focuses on the acquisition of mindful awareness. It was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, who founded the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts and, nearly twenty years later, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine.  Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as a universal human capacity that can foster clear thinking and openheartedness.

MBCT is a psychological therapy designed to aid in preventing the relapse of depression, specifically in individuals with major depressive disorder. MBCT uses traditional cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) methods and adds in newer psychological approaches such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. MBCT helps clients to disengage from self-criticism, rumination, and the low mood associated with negative thinking patterns.

Mindful Self-Compassiom teaches us to be warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. It involves recognising that suffering and personal inadequacy are part of the shared human experience. This can offer great relief and usually leads to a greater ability to be compassionate and forgiving with significant others.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive

-Dalai Lama-

The .b curriculum is designed for students aged 11-18yrs within the school setting. Each of the total ten lessons teaches a distinct mindfulness skill. Through the use of images and animations, these skills are brought to life in a way that engages young minds. Putting mindfulness in a relevant context motivates pupils to become still and allows the teacher to lead them in some short practices. These include, for example, learning to sit still and observe their breathing, becoming aware of different parts of their body, walking mindfully or becoming more aware of how their body feels under stress.

I am trained to teach the Mindfulness in School Project’s .b curriculum. Please follow this link for more information on the .b Curriculum.

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

https://mindfulnessinschools.org/map/locate-teacher/

FEES


The fee per 50-minute session is £90, and is payable by cash or bank transfer at the end of each session. I work with a sliding fee in some cases.
The notice period required for cancelling sessions as well as the fees owed for late cancellations are thoroughly explained during my initial meetings.

The Growing Good Practice is a private practice. My work in London and via Skype is offered on a pay as you go basis. In some cases, private insurance companies may reimburse you for my treatment.

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CONTACT ME


It is natural to have many questions before beginning therapy, coaching, or mindfulness training. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries or if you would like to schedule an initial appointment.

I work in private practice in London.

Address:

Dr. Ana Carina Maloney

Highgate Consulting Rooms

6 Swains Lane

London N6 6QS

 





I am happy to provide a complimentary phone consultation. In some cases, I agree to work with clients online.

Phone

+44 (0) 7393 878 348

Email:

anamaloney@mindfulcoach.eu

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