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- Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy
I have worked for 12 years in Psychological therapies departments in the NHS, have supervised the clinical work of psychotherapists and counselling psychologists, have given talks on a number of psychological disorders internationally, published widely and teach at university on the subjects.
My extensive experience as a clinician for 20 years in the NHS and in private practice with a variety of disorders, as well as an academic have given me the competence to help people with all sorts of problems.
My approach to therapy is interpersonal/relational. It involves collaborating with clients, devising psychological formulations and using tools tested to be effective for the types of problems presented.
I am accredited as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with UKCP and BACP. I am also an accredited Mediator and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
Areas of interest
Anxiety & panic;
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
How CBT and Psychodynamic clinicians approach working with Medically unexplained symptoms;
Sexuality and sexual attraction in therapy;
Sexual bullying in universities;
Qualitative research methods;
Integration in psychotherapy
Luca, M. (2009) ‘A Therapist’s Portrait of a Clinical Encounter with a Somatizer’. In Relational Centred Research for Psychotherapists: Exploring Meanings and Experience. Editors: Linda Finlay and Ken Evans. London: Blackwells.
Luca, M. (2015). The role of the therapist in helping university students who have been bullied: a case study of sexual bullying. In Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers (eds.) Bullying Among University Students. London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Luca, M. (ed) (2014) Sexual Attraction in Therapy: Clinical Perspectives on Moving Beyond the Taboo - A Guide for Training and Practice London: Wiley.
Luca, M. (Ed) (2004) ‘The Therapeutic Frame in the Clinical Context – Integrative Perspectives’ London: Brunner-Routledge.
Luca, M. (2015) A Clinical Profile of Somatisation- “Why are you Wearing a Woolly Hat on a Hot Summer Day?” A Grounded Theory Study. Palacky University Journal of Psychology.
Luca, M., and Filippopoulos, P. (2013). Motivational and Adaptation Experiences of Returnees and Migrants to Cyprus: A Grounded Theory Study with Counselling Psychology Application and Practice Implications in Europe. European Journal of Counselling Psychology, Vol 2 (2), 9-27.
Luca, M. (2011) Therapeutic activities and psychological interventions by CBT and psychodynamic therapists working with medically unexplained symptoms: A qualitative study. In Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal (BACP), Published by Routledge.
Luca, M. (2011) A qualitative study of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapists’ conceptualizations of medically unexplained symptoms in their clients. In Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, Vol 11: 4.
Luca, M. (2003) ‘Containment of the Sexualized and Erotized Transference’, In Journal Of Clinical Psychoanalysis, Vol. 11 No. 4 Fall 2002. International Universities Press.
Luca-Stolkin, M. (1999) ‘Pandora’s Box: The shadow of femininity in the treatment of psycho-somatic distress’ In Psychodynamic Counselling, 5.2, London: Routledge.
Luca, M. (2015). Understanding and Handling Sexual Desire in Therapy. The Psychotherapist. The Magazine of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Issue 60. Summer 2015.
- PhD Canterbury, Kent University 2007
- MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling City University 1995
- BA (Hons) (2:1) Social Sciences Middlesex University 1987
Details of entry to specialist register
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), 1997
- United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Accredited clinical psychotherapy supervisor, 2015
Affiliations / memberships
2001 British Association for Counselling Accredited Senior Counsellor Trainer
2013 Bupa Recognised
2002 Society for Psychotherapy Research Council Member
2009 British Association for Counselling Accredited
and Psychotherapy Senior Psychotherapy Supervisor
2009 Law Society & Bar Council Accredited Mediator
- 67 Middleton Road LONDON E8 4EE
- 08:00 - 07:00
- 07929 505729
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Other ways of contacting me
I can be contacted directly using Skype. My Skype ID is: dr.marialuca