The Maya Centre
The Maya Centre is a small charity, providing a free counselling service in Islington for women who have experienced Mental health issues Trauma, Gender based violence, including domestic violence, physical abuse or childhood sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices.
Our charity is a multi-ethnic women only counselling service, managed and governed by a team of professional women. Our counsellors are all female and are qualified, skilled and experienced, and are well supported through supervision and professional development. They are expert in working with women whose mental health has been harmed by gender-based violence, or abuse, trauma, neglect and deprivation; often complex, multi-layered experiences. We pride ourselves on the quality of the services we offer. Our counselling services are accredited by the BACP and APPTS.
The Maya Centre offers a safe and confidential space for individual and group counselling.
Individual counselling is offered in several languages. We specialise in providing weekly counselling sessions to women who have experienced trauma, gender based violence and mental health issues.
In group counselling, women can meet with other women who have shared experiences. This reduces isolation, creates a support network and helps women to find their ‘voice’ and learn healthier ways to relate to themselves and others
Practical 1:1 support for women is also provided by our community support worker who assists clients attending the Maya centre with a wide range of practical issues.
The Maya Centre is a safe space run by women for women who will experience a therapeutic journey leading to empowerment, emotional and psychological awareness and healing.
Our service includes both individual & group counselling to enable our clients achieve two things:
- Recovery: to become a psychologically healthy woman in the context of her community;
- Resilience and the ability to avoid future harm: to develop the confidence to have a better life – not to be a victim and to break the cycle of abuse for themselves and their children.
- To provide relief for women who are suffering from mental health problems by means of therapeutic services;
- To educate the general public on the subject of mental health.
To increase the wellbeing and enhance resilience in women who have experienced mental health issues which may stem from trauma and gender based violence including domestic violence, physical abuse or sexual abuse in childhood and experiences of war and conflict as well as harmful traditional practices.
For further details please read the executive summary of Maya Centre Development plan summary 2017- 2020