Soul therapy
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...I am someone who understands, knows, loves, accepts, supports and cares, sincerely and honestly. I am the one who asks questions out of interest to help you... . I am someone who gently listens to your answers with a willingness to be there for you...I am the one who will shatter your illusions but in the same time i will support you in an accepting reality...I am someone who will reflect your anger and pain... I am the one who will guide you through the dark forest of anxieties, fears, distortions and prejudices, stepping confidently towards the light, to the place where you will know freedom, to the place where there is your choice and only your responsibility, to the place where you will find yourself...

I am your soul therapist. My name is Maria.

And I'm glad to see you here.

"Soul therapy, or psychotherapy, is a philosophy of mental health and personal harmony, as a way of exploring yourself and the world as a whole."
Maria Kaleva, psychotherapist, consultant, gestalt practitioner
2015-2019, N.P. Bekhtereva Training Center LLC, additional professional education, course "Clinical Gestalt: Theory and Practice".

2014, I.I. Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University, Department of Psychotherapy and Sexology, professional retraining course, specialty "Psychotherapy".

2012-2014, St. Petersburg State University, clinical residency, Department of Psychiatry and Narcology, specialty "Psychiatry".

2006-2012, St. Petersburg State University, Medical Faculty, specialty «Doctor of Medicine".
Maria Kaleva, psychotherapist, consultant, gestalt practitioner
2012, Performance and defence of graduate thesis "Efficacy and safety of combined use of ECT with first and second generation antipsychotics in overcoming therapeutic resistance in patients with schizophrenia", with honours.

2012, Abstracts "Combined use of electroconvulsive and neuroleptic therapy in overcoming therapeutic resistance in patients with schizophrenia" in the scientific journal "Modern outlook on the problems of psychoneurology in the XXI century" (within the series "Bekhterev readings").

2012, Article "Electroconvulsive Therapy: History and Modern Practice" in the P.B. Gannushkin Journal of Psychiatry and Psychopharmacotherapy.
Maria Kaleva, psychotherapist, consultant, gestalt practitioner
Main place of work:

2012 - until now. Individual counselling, private practice, psychotherapist.

June 2018 - March 2020, Dynasty Medical Centre, psychiatrist, psychotherapist

February 2017 - May 2018, St. Petersburg state medical institution "City Polyclinic No. 114", psychotherapeutic office, doctor-psychotherapist.

December 2014 - January 2017, St. Petersburg state medical and rehabilitation department, psychiatrist.

Part-time work:

December 2015. - May 2016, St. Petersburg State Health Care Institution "City Polyclinic № 97", psychotherapist.

December 2014. - November 2015, Turner Scientific and Research Children's Orthopaedic Institute, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Unit of Consultative and Diagnostic Centre of Turner Clinic, psychotherapist.
Counseling in the Gestalt approach:
The Gestalt approach refers to client-centered and process-oriented methods of work. The method focuses on finding answers to the questions - "what leads to recurring difficulties", "how do I recreate problems in the current situation", "what prevents me from changing things?", "what new forms of response and behavior can I use?" The Gestalt approach is also integrative, allowing techniques from other counseling and psychotherapy methods to be used.

Problem-Based Counseling

Guided by the principle of "situation treatment."Together with the expert, the client achieves a heightened awareness of the problem area, an examination of his or her reactions to the situation, an analysis of the situation, and an analysis of his or her own experiences, available resources and limitations.

Personally-oriented counseling

Personality-oriented counseling focuses on the development of the personality and its abilities (ability to self-understand, discern ideas and emotions, recognize the nature of one's own impulses and intentions, more accurately perceive the motivations of others, ability to bear certain feelings,ability to communicate with others, self-support, ability to regulate self-esteem).
Couples and family counselling
The goal of marriage & family therapy in the Gestalt approach is to make the family a place for meeting the personal needs of family members. There is no goal to save the couple at all costs, but to improve mutual understanding between family members, to find an optimal balance between personal happiness and the happiness of their partner. In the process of counseling, partners learn to voice their own needs more clearly, to "speak the same language," to better understand the motivations of the other, to agree on compromises within the couple.
Personal coaching and support
Focuses on the specific tasks of increasing personal effectiveness in the client's problem areas. The traditional model of coaching in the Gestalt approach is the GROW model, which includes understanding personal goals, analyzing the existing conditions of the field, the reality where the client is now, modeling possible options for new actions leading to the goal, and drawing up a specific action plan to achieve the goals set before and break the deadlock in which the person finds himself in trying to achieve the goals (way forward).
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THE THREE PILLARS on which I base my therapeutic work
Personal growth
Cultivation of inner happiness and love as an opportunity to create harmony and love with the outside world.
Careful, attentive and benevolent attitude to yourself with sincere gratitude.
Skill to live in the present moment "here and now" and the ability to take knowledge and experience from the past, and in the future to set only the desired goals for the moment.
Learning your own value and uniqueness.
The basis and foundation for personal development.
Self-love, through the knowledge of the true self and acceptance of self. The ability to understand yourself, to forgive.
Awareness of the inner resources and opening up their potential for quality living.
Finding harmony, balance and peace.
Learning one's purpose and true desires for this life path.
Moving away from an addictive relationship to freedom and responsibility for your own life.
Learning how to communicate with the outside world in a harmonious and safe way.
The safe construction of personal psychological boundaries.
Awareness of one's freedom of choice, of action.
Recognising one's true needs, not those that imposed by family/society.
Finding limiting beliefs that get in the way of freedom and personal development.
Exploring "dysfunctional and constraining" patterns of behaviour and thinking.
A plan for success in all areas of life.
Realizing your unique purpose.
Learning the trajectory of action to meet true needs.
Exploring your skills and how to develop and apply them in the present moment.
Who am I? What do I want? What am I interested in? What can I do?
In what ways can;; I help you?
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In what ways can I help you?
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when somebody asked "how are you?" everything clenches in your chest in pain and tears appear
if anxiety has become a constant backdrop that leading to panic, which shackles your life
the mood is more like "no mood" and nothing is making you happy
there is a constant feeling that "something is wrong" in a situation of total conditional social wellbeing
you have feelings of guilt when you are around with people that are close to you
the irritation has reached the point of "exposed nerve"
you're not interested in living your life and nothing is tugging at the heartstrings
your life is filled with other people's expectations
fear for your life and well-being makes you run around the offices of various doctors in order not to die from a terrible unknown disease.
when someone asked "what do you desire now?" there is only silence and emptiness
you have a desire for something, but you don't do it because of your mum, husband/wife, etc.
you are swamped at work with errands that are not part of your job responsibilities and you bite the bullet to go along with them
you want everyone to like you constantly
the thought of breaking up with your husband / boyfriend / wife / girlfriend is terrifying and unbearable
dependence on your father/mother/husband/wife's money stops your personal development and suppresses your true desires...
the relationships "somehow" doesn't work out, or "somewhere" goes missing after the first 2-3 meetings
you're in your 30s and you're still living with your mum because "what about her without me?"
your frequent vocabulary word is "not good enough" and you don't understand the phrase "what does it mean to praise yourself?"
you can't bear to be alone with yourself, so you're always 'doing something with someone', despite being tired or even having a cold
it matters a lot what "people say"
you believe that "it's the time for you to get married... children... etc" in your 20s, despite the fact that you want different things
That means only one thing — you need to get in touch with yourself.
Please pay attention to yourself.
Take care of yourself... now.
Just give it a try, at least.
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Fields of my work
Сферы моей;;
of my work
The relationship with yourself and personal development / growth ("self-love")
self-esteem problems;
increased emotionality, aggressiveness, irritability, resentfulness, tearfulness;
a "hard" attitude toward oneself (devaluation, aggression, ignoring);
neurotic conditions (fears, anxiety and panic attacks, hypochondria, obsessions);
"low mood" and mood swings;
psychosomatic disorders
The relationships with the world around (partner / family / friends / colleagues)
difficulties in communicating with partners, in the family;
relationship crises in couples and families (infidelity, divorce, contradictions)
co-dependent relationship with parents;
difficulties of sexual nature in the couple;
abusive relationships;
repeated conflicts in a relationship;
lack of a relationship;
fear of loneliness;
increased emotionality, aggressiveness, irritability, resentfulness, tearfulness;
reactions to severe stress and maladjustment;
loss of a loved one (grieving);
fear of relationships and difficulties in building relationships;
lack of friends and a total lack of trust in people;
perceiving the world as "dangerous"
Awareness and implementation
lack of understanding of oneself and one's true desires;
lack of interest;
loss of the meaning of life;
loss of reference points in life;
dissatisfaction with own life and a desire to change it;
self-esteem problems and lack of self-confidence;
dissatisfaction with current job;
lack of effectiveness in work;
fear of failure;
anxiety and fear for the future;
lack of strength and energy;
communication problems.
I provide psychotherapy counselling for women and men 18+, couples and families.
The appointment hours are from 10:00 to 22:00 on weekdays, by individual appointment in person or via Skype. I also suggest you read the sample content of the informed consent that the client signs before the consultation.
Informed Consent
I hereby certify that I have read the terms of consulting services and agree to the following:

  • The client gives voluntary consent to individual counseling in the Gestalt approach;
  • The client understands that the counseling process is based on cooperation and sincerity;
  • Information of the session is strictly confidential and cannot be disclosed to third parties;
  • Hereby the client gives voluntary consent to the collection, storage and processing of personal data, including name, surname, patronymic, residence address, phone number and e-mail, this information is not subject to dissemination and further use without the consent of the client;
  • The duration of the meeting is 50 minutes (45-basic time, 5 minutes-totals);
  • The total duration of the course is determined by the complexity of the problem and is agreed upon with the client after the first five meetings;
  • The recommended frequency of meetings during the course is 1, and 2 times a week in acute cases;
  • Telephone consultations and urgent consultations are not possible;
  • Missed appointments are subject to a fine (full charge if the session is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance)
  • In case of repeated unannounced absences the collaboration is terminated;
  • The client is aware of the possibility of short-term emotional fluctuations during the course;
  • The client expresses his or her readiness to discuss any controversies that arise during the meeting and refuses to do anything that might damage the counselor's reputation;
  • The cost of services is negotiated individually and does not change within six months.
1 stage. First step
This stage begins before we actually get to know each other. This is the stage where you decide to seek counselling and take the most important, valuable and responsible step "to meet yourself"
At this stage, you call or email me to start the psychotherapy process and we discuss the details and setting of the meeting (face-to-face/online, cost, duration, time and place) and agree on the first meeting with you.
2 stage. Getting to know
During the first meeting, we discuss the problem, clarify its background, formulate a hypothesis about its causes, formulate the request, and decide on the length of the overall course and sequence of actions.

Even after the first meeting, you will feel much better and find the guidance you need.
Stage 3. The psychotherapeutic process itself
(frequency and duration of therapy is individual)
Stage 4. Completion of therapy
It is important:
In cases requiring inpatient or outpatient pharmacotherapy for emergency indications, you should contact specialised medical institutions/clinic. I can only recommend experienced and trusted colleagues if you ask in advance.
There are no telephone or emergency counselling services
Missed scheduled appointments are penalised (paid in full if the session is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance)
The stages of psychotherapy
(+ period of support meetings after the main course of psychotherapy, individually)
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The stages of psychotherapy
Individual counselling (18+) in the Gestalt approach (personal psychotherapy)
Couples and family counselling
Request for price. Fees are negotiable and depend on personal circumstances
Personal coaching and support
Request for price. Fees are negotiable and depend on personal circumstances
Personal experience groups (group psychotherapy)
Thematic training sessions and seminars
Enrollment in group therapy
Podcasts "Letters to you", Self-help blog
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Request for price. Fees are negotiable and depend on personal circumstances
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Kind words
«Maria, I don't even know how to thank you... so many emotions... how lucky I was to have you by my side during this crisis period in my life! Thank you so much for your support, acceptance, understanding, sensitivity, wisdom and, of course, professionalism. Thanks to you, my perception of myself, my situation, life, and behaviour has completely changed. I cannot even believe how everything has changed, it has become so much easier and better to live. And yes, it is very comfortable to talk to you, you are amazingly warm, attentive, tactful. Thank you for your help, it is priceless!»
Kind words
«Maria, I don't even know how to thank you... so many emotions... how lucky I was to have you by my side during this crisis period in my life! Thank you so much for your support, acceptance, understanding, sensitivity, wisdom and, of course, professionalism. Thanks to you, my perception of myself, my situation, life, and behaviour has completely changed. I cannot even believe how everything has changed, it has become so much easier and better to live. And yes, it is very comfortable to talk to you, you are amazingly warm, attentive, tactful. Thank you for your help, it is priceless!»
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What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a voluntary collaboration based on alliance, inclusion, sincerity and responsibility on both sides.

  • is a process of getting to know yourself, your life, your choices, your responsibilities, your history;
  • it is also a process of finding new mechanisms of creative adaptation, new skills, new meanings;
  • it is a process of becoming aware of yourself, of the world and of what is going on between you and the world around you.
Why do we need psychotherapy?
If you want to live, not exist
If you want to love, not be dependent
If you want to be free
If you want to feel yourself and the world
If you want to know who you are, what you are and what you want with your life.
if you want to evolve and implement your desires
if you want to be healthy
If you want to be happy
If you want to be... you have to try and find out what psychotherapy is, at least once in your life.

Get to know psychotherapy as a resource, as a support for harmonious personal development and improvement of your quality of life...
How does the psychotherapy process work?
The main tool is the conversation and the meeting between two people, where the therapist helps you in the process of awareness, explores with you the reasons for your difficulties in life, supports you in becoming the author of your life, an active participant.

It's not magic for sure, it's not easy work, and it's work where you can't delegate or delegate responsibility to someone else.

This process of awareness sometimes brings pain and sadness, anger and resentment. This process often forces you to step out of your comfort zone, start experimenting, confront and resist and even sometimes lose the people you are no longer comfortable with.

But once you have embarked on this path and followed it, you will agree with the incredible value of psychotherapy, because the meanings and your life will be different from now on...

I invite you into this world and look forward to being part of such an important and valuable process.
What does the effectiveness of psychotherapy depend on?
The effectiveness of our work depends on collaborative, clearly articulated therapy goals.
What is the frequency of meetings?
If a course of counseling or therapy is necessary, it is recommended that meetings be held once a week.

Couples counseling is possible with a frequency of once every two weeks, by arrangement.

Individual sessions at initial contact less than once a week are usually ineffective, since the content of the meetings is displaced and resistance to change becomes more pronounced. After the course has passed, one-time consultations are possible with a rarer frequency and at the request of the client.
How long is one meeting/session?
The regular meeting is 50 minutes long: 45 minutes - main time and 5 minutes - results.

The initial meeting is 80 minutes.
What is the duration of the entire course of psychotherapy?
The decision about the length of the course is always individual and made along with the client.

The duration is determined by the severity of the disorder and the client's ability to learn new skills. The course is longer in severe and neglected cases and with people who are stubborn, difficult to trust and are suspicious.

The time frame for typical individual and couples counseling courses can be outlined very roughly:

  • Problem-oriented counseling related to a first-time situation from 2 to 10 meetings;
  • Problem-oriented counselling related to a chronic, low-intensity situation: from 20 to 40 meetings.
  • Personality crisis caused by the client's characteristic features - Personality-oriented counselling for 50 meetings;
  • Difficult family situation, which occurs for the first time - during counselling sessions of 5-10 meetings;
  • Long-term problems in a couple - a course of 15-20 meetings for couple counseling;
  • First-time emotional problems (fear, anxiety, shame) - 20 meetings;
  • Long-standing emotional problems - 20 to 50 meetings;
  • Stable personal problems-from 30 meetings up to one year;
  • Psychosomatic problems, if any - from 40 to 60 meetings.
Is the meeting confidential?
Psychotherapeutic session information is strictly confidential and may not be disclosed to third parties.
Could psychotherapy make me feel worse?
Short-term fluctuations of the emotional state are possible during therapy, this indicates its effectiveness, so they should not be a cause for concern
Why and when is counseling ineffective?
For people who are difficult to open up, distrustful and prone to doubt, the transition to the working process of psychotherapy can be considerably delayed. Some percent of our clients unconsciously resist any kind of help, much less psychological help.
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