Maria Papaioakim Smeaton

Maria Papaioakim Smeaton


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Languages spoken: English, Greek

Contact information

Phone number
07930 315448

Contact Maria

Therapist - London

London SE6
07930 315448
Sessions from £65.00

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About me and my therapy practice

I am a BACP accredited psychotherapist with seventeen years of experience. I am based in Catford, but currently practise via video. I help men and women cope with well-being and mental health problems.

These may be conditions you've suffered from for a while, like depression, anxiety, or stemming from transitions in life, a loss, job change, burnout, the pandemic.

I can support you with breaking habits, like drinking, recreational drug use, gambling. I have worked in the field of addictions, with men and women affected by gambling, alcohol, drugs and their families. I can contribute in making a substantial change.

I can help you make sense of problems related to a recent or past traumatic experience; if you’ve been in distress for what feels like forever or have an overwhelming sense of resentment, worrying, stuckness, shame.

I can help if you wish to understand how you relate to others, family members or intimate relationships, or need to feel better about yourself, deal with assertiveness, self-esteem issues or issues with work and making a new start, making meaning.


Practice description

This is a chance to talk in a confidential and non-judgemental setting. The aim is to reflect on your situation safely and recognise that you have options; to gain insight as to reasons behind actions, thoughts, emotions; to get help in order to find your own way of managing differently.

I offer short-term and open-ended therapy with regular reviews, giving clients the chance to ask questions, verbalise how they feel things are going, so we can both plan how to proceed together.

The end of therapy is again negotiated and agreed mutually, based on what was initially contracted and where we managed to get in our work together.

These are some clients’ testimonials about our work together: 'Positive, transformational, the best decision I have made for myself' AC

'‘The sessions made me look at things differently. Maria challenged my preconceptions. Seeing her every week made me feel calmer and more able to deal with the everyday challenges of life.’ CT

'I really feel you helped me find my own way of managing my feelings'. JB

'Life changing! I finish our sessions feeling much more at ease with who I am and much more in tune with my feelings. Can't thank you enough.' CB

"I was able to get myself from a dark place mentally to feeling back to my regular self with a strategy in place to stop myself sliding back into bad patterns and habits. She knew when to press for more detail and when to let me explore ideas to help me better understand my own thought processes.' G.B.

My first session

I will need some initial information by phone or email, in order to gain understanding of your particular difficulty and assess whether I can help. 

The first planned consultation is an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable with me and for us to discuss your concerns, decide whether we can work together and how. 

What I can help with

Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Groups, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited