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About

Marta Benko

Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor

Marta is an HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) Registered Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist that also holds chartered status and title CPsychol with BPS (British Psychology Society) together with membership in Division of Clinical Psychology and Division of Health Psychology. Also, she is a Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), an Approved Supervisor with PTUK, and a member of BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).

Marta is a child-centred and person-centred therapist with holistic approach to mental health care and life. Her main therapeutic orientation is:

  • Integrative Therapy (IT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Play Therapy (CBPT)

  • Play and Creative Arts Therapy (PT)

  • Creative Arts Therapy (CAT)

  • Biofeedback (BFB)

  • Neurofeedback (NFB) with Quantitative EEG (qEEG)

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Effective coping and building resilience

Passionate about mental health care

Focus of Marta’s work is enhancing personal strengths, improvement of coping skills and strengthening and building resilience. She has a holistic and systemic approach toward improving quality of life of clients and their families. Throughout her career, she has always been striving for excellence and building and maintaining safe and trustworthy therapeutic alliance with the clients.

Marta can help you with:

  • Common psychological difficulties and disorders

    Simple phobias, general anxiety disorder, panic attacks, separation anxiety, depression, dysthymia, and many others

  • Rare psychological difficulties and disorders

    Selective mutism, agoraphobia, reactive attachment disorder of infancy and early childhood, disinhibited social engagement disorder, and others

  • Emotional regulation & coping with intensive emotions, emotional melt-downs, tantrums and challenging behaviours

    Excitement, anger, disappointment, sadness, fear, failure, jealousy, envy, and others

  • Mental health issues of people with chronic illness and potentially life-threatening diseases

    Subspecialised in the field of Oncology, Haematology, Dermatology, Neuropsychology, and Neurosurgery

  • Rare conditions connected with chronic illness

    PICA, selective mutism, school avoidance, and others

  • Ex-pat’s and third culture children issues

    Transition, adaptation, grief, anger, coping

Extensive and up-to-date clinical and health psychology knowledge due to continuous education and engagement within the clinical setting

Experience

Overview

Marta has an extensive experience as a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) lead, line manager, international clinical supervisor, author, international CPD trainer, invited graduate and post-graduate lecturer for faculties and universities, as well as an active member of various professional organisations. From 2004, Marta started gaining her applied clinical experience in mental health care working with children & young people, their parents and families. From 2013, she started working with adults as well.

Marta is particularly skilled at working with a plethora of issues, life stressors, illness and disorders. She has a vast experience in supporting healthy adjustment and adaptation, procedural distress, strengthening existing and building new coping skills (especially coping with pain), adherence to treatment and improving the quality of lifeMarta also has an extensive experience working with dying children, young people and their parents and families as well with the adults (grief and bereavement).

Alongside providing clinical and health psychology services in private practice, Marta serves as a Clinical Health Psychologist within the Paediatric Liaison Team at the Royal London Hospital (NHS). Previously she served as a MDT lead, clinical psychologist and health psychologist at the Children’s Hospital Zagreb.

Qualifications

  • Canterbury Christ Church University

    Postgraduate Diploma (2013-2015), Practice Based Play Therapy, Level 7 (passed with distinction)

  • Canterbury Christ Church University

    Postgraduate Certificate (2011-2014), Therapeutic Play Skills, Level 7 (passed with distinction)

  • University of Zagreb

    Master of Clinical Psychology (2005-2011), Clinical Psychology

  • University of Rijeka

    Master's Degree (Integrated Bacc (Hons) and MA) (1997-2004), Psychology

Awake craniotomy team member

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Marta was the professional team member (neuropsychologist) of the first Croatian and regional MDT for Awake Craniotomy at the University Hospital Centre “Sisters of Charity” in Zagreb.

Philanthropy

Giving back to community is something Marta truly believes in. In addition to her own mission, she believes in missions of others. From the founding in 2011, Marta is collaborating with the Croatian charity “Love in Action” through different roles. She is currently a member of the Executive Board and a volunteer. This charity offers help and support to children with cancer and their families.

From 2012 Marta was a mentor on a special project “Let me Tell You a Story” whose mission was to improve the quality of life of children with cancer through storytelling, therapeutic stories and drama. The project staff started supporting larger group of chronically ill children and in 2014 the project transformed into a charity named “Centre Talk to Me”. The mission of nowadays “Centre Talk to Me” is to provide psychosocial support to children, young people and parents through creative, educational and therapeutic resources with the aim of improving the quality of their lives.

Privacy and Data Protection

Marta has an Enhanced DBS Certificate. Her private practice Amygdala Services Ltd is covered by professional indemnity insurance and is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for data protection. Professional work is in accordance with HCPC, BPS, BACP and PTUK’s ethical framework, conduct of practice and clinical governance procedures.

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