We can offer counselling in a number of different languages and we also have staff who specialise in working with:
Irish women’s counselling service
Culturally sensitive counselling
In the 2011 census, the London Borough of Islington had the second highest number of Irish residents anywhere in England and Wales.For over 20 years The Maya Centre has offered culturally sensitive counselling to Irish women and women of Irish descent. While often bringing similar difficulties to other women coming to the Maya, the Centre has always acknowledged the particular needs of Irish women and their families within the context of immigration to the UK.
Stories of great loss and pain
Many experienced prejudice and discrimination, particularly in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland prior to the peace process. Sometimes Irish women struggled to settle in their new surroundings, either in the workplace or the local community. For a variety of reasons, many had felt forced to leave their homes in Ireland and were bringing personal histories of great loss and pain.
Victims of Institutional abuse
Today, The Maya Centre also works with victims of Clerical abuse as well as trauma experienced in Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby homes, Industrial Schools and other Institutions in Ireland. Daughters and granddaughters of those abused in an Institutional context in Ireland also come to The Maya Centre for support in healing the trans-generational trauma which can be the legacy of such abuse. They can also experience difficulties around their own identity, coming from Irish families but being born and raised in the UK.
We support Irish Women
Among a network of contacts with other agencies supporting the London Irish community, The Maya Centre continues to be one of the very few Counselling Centres specialising in such resources for Irish women.
Gender Based Violence
Gender Based Violence (GBV) is defined by the United Nations as
…violence that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty whether occurring in public or private life.”
GBV is derived from unequal power relationships between men and women and is most often carried out by intimate male partners (husbands or boyfriends) .
GBV includes; Domestic Violence, battering, sexual violence, forced marriage, honor based violence, Childhood sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and other harmful traditional practices, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, school or elsewhere, commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls.
Violations against women
GBV also includes violations against women in war and conflict, including systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy/sterilization/abortion.
We support women on their journey of recovery
These issues are ones that are consistently presented to us by the women who come to the Maya Centre for support. Our counsellors are experienced in working with GBV and our aim is to support women in their journey of recovery from these traumatic experiences.