Dr. Maria Benito, PhD (Inflammation/Immunology), MSc (Physiology/Toxicology), BSc (Hons) in Human Biology
Master Degree MA (Clin) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, BSc (Hons) in Psychology
CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) certified - Individual and Group Crisis Interventions
Psychological First Aid certified
College Academic and Research Supervisor
Full accredited member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP), Ireland
International member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
Member of The Irish Psycho-Social Oncology Network (IPSON)
Experienced therapist working in Clinical Teams and as Onsite Consultant.
Integrative trauma-informed Humanistic therapist with a medical research background, drawing on a combination of Narrative Therapy, Person Centered, and Solution focused. Depending on the client’s problems and needs I also incorporate other therapy models like Psychodynamic approach, Psychoanalytic Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioural theories (CBT) in a Theoretical integration way.
- Person-Centered Focus: The counselling session and its focus is about the client. The therapeutic relationship helps facilitate a process of discovery and identification of insights and solutions, enabling the client to discover the solutions that exist within his/her self.
Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT): I work with the client to understand each problem and break it down into its component, which helps identify individual patterns of thoughts, emotions, bodily feelings and actions which are causing distress and we can then trace the underlying beliefs that maintain them. Depending on the need of the client, I use it in combination with humanistic or psychoanalytic approaches.