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


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.


I am a US and UK trained Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) with a special interest in coaching and mindfulness-based approaches. During my studies and supervised clinical work, I learned both psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioural approaches to formulation and treatment. For more than 20 years,
I have provided psychological assessment and treatment to diverse clients in the US, UK, Germany, and France in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My work is enriched through further training in Life Coaching, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and offering clinical supervision.


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

  • Coping with the Changes and Uncertainties of our current Pandemic

  • 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

  • Adapting to Life in a New Culture

  • 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.


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.


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


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.

The assumption that therapy should always be long-term has often been challenged. Many clients are satisfied with a single session given their current circumstances. Single Session Therapy (SST), developed by Professor Windy Dryden, can provide targeted effective help with little or no delay when it is most needed.

In a single session, I try to apply the best tools and interventions for you to feel a sense of relief, adopt a new perspective, and achieve realistic results. I also offer you suggestions on how you can further positive change on your own.

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 and emotional resilience. We learn to pause, reflect, and choose our actions instead of simply reacting to feelings or events. Through meditation practice, our attention stops slipping mindlessly into the future or the past, thereby enabling us to enjoy a richer experience in the here and now. This leads to enhanced well-being, acceptance for what is, a greater tolerance for strong emotion, and a greater sense of calm.

I 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.


My regular fee per 60-minute session is £150/€175 and is payable by cash or bank transfer. I offer a reduced fee in some cases.

The Growing Good Practice is a private practice. In person and online sessions are offered on a pay as you go basis. Private insurance companies may reimburse you for my treatment.




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.


+44 (0) 7393 878 348
+33 (0) 7788 545 38


    An initial complimentary phone consultation is provided. I offer online therapy to local and international clients as well as in-person therapy in Valbonne, France.

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