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Marina Sabolova

Qualified Counsellor & Psychotherapist

  • Video
  • Phone
  • In person
  • Portishead, Bristol, Somerset

People seek counselling support for a range of reasons and whilst the issues are often common, such as anxiety, depression, or stress, I do not apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach nor is it about ‘fixing’ the individual. Instead, it’s about going on a journey together so, in time, that individual feels better able and equipped to make decisions themselves and improve their life. By dealing with emotional barriers and personal concerns in an open, honest and collaborative way, I firmly believe genuine positive change can occur.

About me
Clients I work with
What I can help with
Types of therapy
Practice description

I am a fully qualified, highly skilled counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am passionate about my work and have an extensive professional background in both the school and private sectors.

In 2016, I launched my own private practice ‘OK Talk Counselling’ to provide a safe, secure and confidential setting where individuals can feel empowered to share their problems, issues or experiences with someone who is fully trained to help them.

I use best practice, evidence-based therapeutic approaches to facilitate practical and lasting change for individuals to help them improve their relationships, their outlook on life and their overall wellbeing.


  • MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2016-2017
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies
  • BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and Counselling


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT)
  • The Gestalt Therapy
  • Personal Coaching
  • Safeguarding Children & Young people
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety and Learning: How to boost students' abilities
  • Drawing and Talking (A therapeutic Method of Working with Children and Young people)
  • Young People Who Self-Harm
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Therapy for Stopping Addictions
  • Working with Mental Health in the Workplace

Children / Teens / Adults / Couples

  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Anger management
  • Abuse
  • Redundancy
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Women's issues
  • Work related issues
  • Self-harm
  • ADHD
  • Addictions
  • Autism spectrum
  • Child related issues
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Cultural issues
  • Disability
  • Eating disorders
  • Health related issues
  • Identity issues
  • Loss
  • Obsessions
  • OCD
  • Personal development
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Service veterans
  • Sexual identity

  • Behavioural
  • Brief therapy
  • CBT
  • Cognitive
  • Creative therapy
  • Emotionally focused therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Person centred
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

I assess and treat mental and emotional health disorders, relationship issues and life challenges. Through various methods of counselling and psychotherapy, I work with my clients to develop meaningful behavioural changes. I also offer coping strategies for navigating life’s struggles.

My endeavour is to provide support and guidance in my client’s life. I do this by working with my client to identify triggers, cope with negative emotions and reduce symptoms in order to improve individual’s quality of life.

My experience of counselling was very helpful. I gained insights of my negative thought process and how to challenge them and learned practical tips to help with anxiety/depression.

Much more relaxing than I thought it would be. Felt comfortable, daft as it sounds talking to a stranger about my issues but found it easy talking to my counsellor.

I gained and inner peace and a feeling of not sinking any deeper, to be able to talk openly, released the deep-set issues, it also helped me to plan think and set myself achievable actions. My therapist recommended links and sent additional information.

I've started to use rational thinking when I'm anxious and I'm also trying to set realistic goals to help with my OCD.

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