Dr Maja Jankowska
Here to support & accompany you on your path of self-discovery and self-healing.
Someone wise once said:
“You don’t have to save me, you just have to hold my hand while I save myself.”
I believe in the power of creating a safe place and therapeutic relationship
that allows you to go within, explore, process
and then continue on your journey beyond the pain and into the discovery of meaning and purpose in life.
I am a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of trauma and other psychological and emotional difficulties.
I have worked with people presenting with a range of psychological problems as well as those who wanted to learn, develop and grow as individuals.
I am particularly interested in practices that facilitate resilience and post-traumatic growth, guiding my clients in their journey beyond the pain of their past and into the discovery of meaning and purpose in life.
I have a specialist interest in performance-related traumas, intergenerational trauma, workforce wellbeing, and in treating psychological presentations in the aftermath of traumatic experiences.
I have experience of providing psychological assessments for various employers, including the police and medio-legal work. I can also offer all assessment and therapeutic work in Polish.
I work locally (in Bedford), nationally and internationally via online platforms
Dr. Maja Jankowska, Ph.D, CPsychol, AFBPsS
HCPC registered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
BABCP accredited CBT therapist
To work as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist in the UK, there is a legal requirement to be registered with
the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) who are responsible for regulating a number of health professionals.
My registration number is PYL040928. Check here.
I am also a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) – British Psychological Society.
My recognition reference 325886). Check here.
I am also a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (fully accredited) – BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
My membership number 170533. Check here.
I am trained and experienced in a number of evidence-based psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (for a wide range of problems, including Trauma-Focused CBT), Brainspotting (a therapy, which evolved from EMDR), Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. My work also incorporates Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Narrative approaches.
I offer an individualised, formulation-driven therapy sessions, based on the outcome of a collaborative psychological assessment.
We work together to help you understand your difficulties as well as strengths in order to design the treatment that works best for you and empowers you to make positive changes in your life. The service I offer is confidential, respectful and responsive to the needs and preferences of my clients.
I provide psychological assessments and therapy for individual clients (private) as well as for various employers (including the police) and for medico-legal purposes.
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes and usually take place weekly.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Specific disorder protocol-driven therapy for depression and a range of anxiety disorders, e.g. Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT for OCD, CBT for generalised anxiety, CBT for health anxiety, CBT for phobias, CBT for panic disorder, CBT for social anxiety, CBT for low self-esteem, CBT for perfectionism, CBT for long term conditions, CBT for pain, CBT for insomnia, and many more.
Within the course of therapy, we aim to collaboratively explore your individual circumstances and help you understand how your problem has developed and what maintains it. And to design strategies to reduce the difficulties and disrupt the vicious cycles that keep the problem going.
TRAUMA FOCUSED SUPPORT & THERAPIES
I provide a detailed psychological assessment for individuals experiencing a range of mental health difficulties following a traumatic experience/s.
Trauma Focused CBT
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) specifically developed for treatment of individuals impacted by trauma/ PTSD. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. NICE recommends 8–12 regular weekly sessions.
Brainspotting is a newer form of therapy, with a rapidly growing evidence base. It evolved from EMDR (Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy) and it also uses eye movement and bilateral stimulation but is gentler, more attuned and less technical/ protocol-driven. Brainspotting is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing.. The treatment works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms.
Depending on clients’ individual needs
I also integrate elements from Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal Theory, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and narrative approaches.
Integrative approach and other therapies
I offer individualised, formulation-driven therapy sessions, based on the outcome of a collaborative psychological assessment. This means I will often draw on different approaches and methods to tailor the treatment depending on individual needs and goals.
Aside from the above mentioned core therapy models (CBT, Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal Theory, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and narrative approaches, I often draw on the principles and techniques of Solution-Focused Therapy.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
As the name suggests, SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that brought clients to seek therapy. SFBT an evidence-based therapeutic approach, which incorporates positive psychology principles and practices, and is a hope friendly, positive emotion eliciting, future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioural change.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE TACKLED IN THERAPY?
- Low mood and depression
- Anxiety (e.g. phobias, constant worrying, social anxiety, health anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and others)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Problems related to challenging life experiences
- Emotional difficulties, such as anger problems, resentment, shame, guilt, distress
MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS including:
- Low self-confidence / self-esteem
- Stress and worry
- Sleep difficulties
- Bereavement and loss
- Managing adjustments to life transitions and change
- Divorce and separation
- Managing adjustments to physical health diagnosis
- Work-related stress
- Work-life balance
OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES including:
CRISIS & RISK SUPPORT
Please note we are not a crisis service and we cannot offer any crisis support.
If you are currently experiencing a high level of distress or feel you are in crisis then please contact the Samaritans freephone number:
Check the insurance companies I work with