About The Maya Centre

WHO WE ARE

Established in 1984, The Maya Centre is a community-based charity in Islington providing free mental health and wellbeing services to women on low incomes.

Our services address a range of compounding issues which affect women’s mental health

  • from everyday sexism to abuse and exploitation
  • from historical to intergenerational trauma
  • from hormonal changes to psycho-social transitions
  • from isolation to exclusion and racism
OUR MISSION

Our mission is to build a safe and inclusive women-for-women community in which we:

  • Support recovery from depression, trauma and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) with a focus on building trust, resilience and voice.
  • Flex to meet women’s different needs by offering therapy, as individuals, in groups, face-to-face or remotely.
  • Prioritise intercultural and intersectional approaches via tailored and targeted support in community languages and for specific, minoritised cultural groups.
  • Seek to influence best practice in women’s mental health and wellbeing across our local community
OUR VISION

Our vision is a world where all women can prioritise their mental health and wellbeing, safe from abuse, exclusion or discrimination.

OUR TEAM

The Maya Centre is a team of qualified and dedicated professionals with a passion for women’s mental health and wellbeing.

Our staff have the collective experience and skills to meet the needs of women from a wide range of cultural and language backgrounds.

Our Counsellors are all BACP registered, speak over 14 different languages between them and are well supported via clinical supervision, regular staff meetings and bespoke CPD training on women’s mental health.

Our Complementary Therapists are qualified practitioners with specialisms in Reflexology, Reiki & Meditation and Holistic Massage respectively.

Our Core Team: CEO, Clinical Director, Finance Manager and Clinical Administrator, work closely together to ensure the smooth and efficient running of all our services, with a focus on high quality support for all staff and service-users.

TRUSTEES

The Maya Centre has a dedicated Board of Trustees who bring a wealth of valuable knowledge, skills and experience to help guide our charity towards continuing success.

Meera Nair – Chair
Ayan Man
– Vice Chair
Dr Jessica Walker
– Co-Chair of Clinical Governance Group

Rumina Taylor – Clinical Trustee

Cherrill Greenidge-Hutchinson – Clinical Trustee

Dr Su Yin Yap – Clinical Trustee

Monique Velani – Trustee
Gabriele Duesberg 
– Trustee
Rochelle Burgess
– Trustee

Tabia Salam – Trustee

Liberty Simpson – Trustee

PATRONS

The Maya Centre is honoured to have the support of a committed team of Patrons from a wide range of backgrounds who advocate, champion and support the work of our charity.

Melissa Benn Patron
Jill Dawson – Patron
Baroness Massey of Darwen – Patron

 

Louise Doughty – Patron
Margaret Bluman – Patron
Siobhan McSweeney – Patron

Gona Saed
Gona Saed
Chief Executive
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Melanie Atherley
Clinical Director
Mauva
Mauva Adams
Finance Manager
Mary
Mary Heffernan
Lead Clinician, Irish Women's Project
Sylviana
Sylviana Ollennu
Counsellor
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Fiona Reynolds
Counsellor & Black Women’s Project Co-Lead
Jennifer Oh2
Jennifer Oh
Counsellor
Siobhann McEvoy2
Siobhann McEvoy
Irish Women's Counsellor
Gemma Durban3
Gemma Durban
Reiki & Meditation Practitioner
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Zekiye Kartal
Counsellor
Sevde Baris Sahbudak
Dr Sevde Baris Sahbudak
Counsellor
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Ayan Abdi
Counsellor
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Carena Rogers
Counsellor
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Ese Agambi
Counsellor & Black Women’s Project Co-Lead
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Samira Shariff
Community Navigator
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Michelle Newell
Counsellor
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Nazmin Haque
Counsellor
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Zenepe Mehmeti
Counsellor
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Zephyr Devon
Counsellor
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Emilie Le Pessec Cole
Holistic Massage Therapist
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Ann Khattab
Reflexologist
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Yoona Sorn
Counsellor
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Fahriye A
Admin Assistant
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Peony Prescod
General admin assistant
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Chantel Antoine
Honorary Counsellor Black Women’s Project
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Yasmine Ara
Finance Assistant
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Hinda Hashi
Community Navigator
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Edna Samuel
Community Navigator
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Koya Conteh
Dramatherapist
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Brigitte Boldy
Art Therapist

We also appreciate the support of our local MP, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn

OUR HISTORY

We started with a helpline, developed specialist women’s counselling and now champion the right of all women to good mental health.