Practices at: Għajnsielem, Gozo and San Ġwann, Malta (NO CURRENT AVAILABILITY FOR ONGOING THERAPY SESSIONS)
Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, EFT, Couple Therapy, MBT, Mindfulness, FOT
Luka is a BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist, dialectical behaviour therapist and mindfulness teacher. As part of the commitment to support his clients as effectively as possible he was trained and supervised by some of the world’s leading therapists in the fields of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT).
Luka has provided individual counselling and group psychological support to people experiencing depression, anxiety and other forms of distress in a variety of London-based NHS and community settings since 2008. Between 2012 and 2017 he worked at a specialist personality disorder service in the NHS where adults with emotion regulation difficulties and the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) were supported with the intensive programme in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Prior to that Luka had gained valuable experience in an IAPT NHS service where he learnt and refined his Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills whilst supporting people with low mood and anxiety, and at an adult psychotherapy clinic where he trained in and provided Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) to people living with personality and mood disorders.
Luka currently divides his time between working as a psychotherapist, trainer and retreat facilitator. He also works as a support consultant for therapists internationally. In addition to working therapeutically with general public he leads and co-facilitates DBT skills groups and gives individual therapy to adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Alongside his counselling work Luka is a practitioner and teacher of mindfulness. Between 2009 and 2014 he managed and conducted the 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression programme in the NHS. He also teaches mindfulness in corporate and community settings and runs mindfulness-based workshops, personal development programmes and retreats in the UK and Malta.
Luka trained in a number of therapeutic models, including relational, experiential and behavioural therapies. This allows him to tailor your therapy experience to your emotional needs and concerns rather than trying to fit you into a particular type of therapy. He has also continued his professional development in couple counselling and has special interest in supporting couples to regain and enhance emotional intimacy, safety and trust.
Therapeutic approach Luka will enjoy working with and supporting you if you are seeking inner balance, want to free yourself from emotional suffering or want to cope more skillfully with difficulties ranging from anxiety and depression to relationship problems and self-harm. You might also be drawn to therapy by existential or religious/spiritual crisis or simply want to learn new ways of relating to yourself and the world around you. Whatever the reason Luka sees therapy as a shared collaborative process between the therapist and the client. His aim is to help people raise their confidence so that they feel more freed up and able to face and handle life events.
Luka works in an invitational, non-judgemental yet gently challenging way and his therapeutic work is influenced by the life-enhancing practice of mindfulness. Inspired by his core training in person-centred and relational counselling, Luka recognises the importance of human relationships and their potential for healing and he puts the relationships with clients at the heart of his therapeutic work. During his years of working as a therapist he noticed how people's difficulties are often fuelled by self-criticism and self-attacking and this observation prompted his interest in compassion-focused therapy and in finding answers to the question: "What stops us from being open not only to others but also to ourselves?". Luka has special interest in working with people who show traits of extreme emotional sensitivity, also known as 'highly sensitive personality', and in the therapeutic use of meditation in the modern world.
Training and consultancy Luka also offers consultation and training to individual therapists and teams interested in adding DBT and behavioural interventions to their psychotherapeutic work.
Practices at: San Ġwann and Marsascala
Modality: Psychodynamic, Existential, CBT, Mindfulness
Mark is a warranted counselling psychologist. He has substantial experience in supporting clients in the areas of substance abuse, personality disorders, relational difficulties, emotional disorders and psycho-oncology. Currently he provides individual and group therapy to patients and their relatives at Hospice Malta. Mark has also been working in private practice for the last three years providing therapeutic interventions to clients experiencing challenges around emotional disorders including anxiety, depression and anger issues. He also works with relational difficulties, processing of trauma and existential anxiety. Mark also holds the post of part-time lecturer at the University of Malta, training professional staff and students in the soft skills needed for management and reflexive practice.
Mark integrates a number of theoretical approaches to provide a tailor-made intervention best suited to your emotional needs and the unique challenges you are facing. Mark draws upon existential psychology, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories. This integrative approach allows him to tailor your therapy experience to your individual psychology and needs rather than trying to fit you into a particular type of therapy. Mark believes that integrative approach to human suffering is more likely to increase effectiveness of therapy and lead to more effective and long-term results.
Practices at: Gozo and Malta
Modality: Embodied Movement
Nicole Bugeja is an embodied movement practitioner and tutor, academic researcher and performer. Originally from Malta, she has recently returned from the U.K. where she was Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the Department of Performing Arts, University of Chester. She is also Visiting Lecturer within the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta, from where she has been awarded a Ph.D. degree on improvisation dynamics and mind-training within a performance context. Her current Practice-as-Research project, M-Project: Performing Medea through Mindfulness Meditation is an inquiry into mindfulness and its facilitation of creative flow.
In Embodied Movement and Voice sessions, Nicole taps into the theatre work she has been practising for the past 15 years, which is based on mind training (such as encountered in Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong) and its resultant expression through the body. The sessions refer to diverse mindful approaches to movement and voice to enhance one's ability of being in the present moment, as a result opening up to one’s creative flow. Some aspects that are attended to, among others, are breathing, centering, creative visualisation, physical action, body-mind intention, and body rhythm. The sessions are particularly helpful to those who are looking for a boost in confidence, and to those who would like to, through creative channels, explore issues or difficulties they are going through. Embodied movement sessions can also be of interest to those wanting to gain practical knowledge of the artistic and creative potential intrinsic to their body and voice, without necessarily aiming for public performance. To participate in these sessions, you do not need previous experience, and the practice accommodates all physical abilities.
Since 2003 Nicole has been a performer and training session leader with Icarus Performance Project and has also trained with international laboratory theatre masters in countries such as Italy, Poland and Sweden. She regularly leads workshops and master classes in actor training around the world.
Practices at: Gozo and Malta
Modality: Life Coaching and Workshop Facilitation
Matthew is a life coach, writer and workshop facilitator. He is available for individual life coaching sessions with people wanting to transform the ways in which they relate to their own minds and the world around them. He also facilitates workshops and gives talks on the topic of addictions and the underlying difficulties that keep people stuck in the pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of some of the difficult aspects of being humans.
OFFERING Matthew's service takes different forms, from personal coaching, addiction awareness and guest speaking at events to workshop facilitation for organisations. He offers thought-provoking face to face sessions, workshops or casual meetings with company employees (framework is discussed and agreed with HR).
APPROACH As a life coach provides a supportive space, where the individual is led to a better understanding of his/her inner-realm. He aims to support his clients in gaining a gentler, calmer grasp of the things that cause confusion in their lives. He invites people to explore and challenge the concepts they have of themselves (i.e. judgment, lack, not being good enough), which derail us all from living peacefully and fulfilling our dreams. All this, is constantly happening within our psychological mind causing unsatisfactoriness. Yet, we can bring ourselves to see it, and to a certain extent, use it as guidance. Another important issue that is addressed is self-expression, leaving less and less space for mis-understanding. Gradually, with a fresh perspective, we will go deeper, and examine our past situations that were a cause for pain, which in turn created “patterns” that hold a negative grip on our current behaviour, relationships and the way we relate to ourselves. How we view ourselves turns out to be our view of the world. Every session is created uniquely to the individual's requirements and unique personal needs. It can span from a couple of hours to an overstay in Gozo. The purpose is, to bring more self-reliance and trust within our lives, by presenting a “new model of thinking”.
PERSONAL BACKGROUND Matthew had a normal childhood, within a loving family. After spending some time in the party scene during his later teens, he turned to heroin at the age of 20 years which turned out to become a self-destructive habit that took 12 years of his life and landed him in prison for a few months. He says that being in prison was the first time in 12 years that he felt free. He saw the time in jail as an opportunity to take first steps towards recovery and decided not to apply for bail. He started to lower his daily methadone dose, engaged in some physical exercises, and spent a lot of time reading books and began writing his journal. Although he was experiencing withdrawals, Matthew liked the clarity that came when drugs started leaving in his system. Living in confined spaces, he started observing the behaviour of others, a practice that helped him to gain more insight into who he is.
After 3 months of jail, he entered a formal rehabilitation programme in October 2013. It was the time for him to start facing his past, in order to forgive and move on. Matthew had plenty of time to write, draw, meditate and get more in touch with his spiritual side. Since getting out of rehabilitation, where he found the passion for writing and poetry, wondrous things happened. Between working, traveling, attending retreats in the Amazon forest and an ever-growing longing to know more of himself, he managed to publish a book, thanks to the financial support of his brother. Titled ‘Random’ it contains poetry, journal entries and self-help texts, extracted from Matthew's diary entries of the previous 3 years. The writings were not altered or edited but left in their original form as hand-written the first time.
To publish and market his own book was a beautiful learning experience. More knowledge about his own capabilities surfaced, which reinforced the belief in him own ability to influence positively and achieve. Since its official launch, ‘Random' has sold over 200 copies in the first 2 months, a seldom occurrence in the poetry scene, especially here in Malta. The book was mentioned and spoken about extensively on social media which led to Matthew being invited on numerous TV programmes by renowned local journalists and TV presenters. He also featured on the infamous web-magazine I Love Malta, gave presentations at the MCast Institute for Creative Arts and other organisations, and performed at Malta's largest festival Earth Garden.
Practices at: Malta, Gozo and Online
Modality: Mindfulness, MBCT, Meditation
Wayne is a mindfulness coach and workshop facilitator with background in psychology. He has provided individual support and guidance to people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other forms of distress in life. Wayne has also successfully supported people in various employment and organisational contexts across Malta. He does so by organising regular mindfulness courses, self-awareness and stress management talks, guest speaking at events and workshop facilitation for corporate groups. He has worked with employees of HSBC, Hilton Malta, Farsons, MiddleSea/MSV and other local organisations and NGOs. Wayne also appears regularly on local media (One, TVM, Radio) to support people from all walks of life with simple practices and tips for how to relieve their distress and moments of suffering.
Mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses
Personal Mindfulness Coaching (4-8 Session Packages)
Corporate Mindfulness Training for Productivity & Workplace Well-being
As a mindfulness coach Wayne offers a safe, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can feel at ease in exploring your personal challenges. His aim is to guide you in finding out how your mental and emotional patterns are affecting you. Gradually and through a ‘new perspective’, he supports and challenges you in relating to your distresses in a more mindful, balanced way. He believes wholeheartedly in encouraging you to hone practical skills and bring more self-support and trust in your life. Wayne’s compassionate and empathic approach is at the heart of his work. He embodies his own practices in his personal and professional life and is passionate about sharing them with anyone willing to take a step to a more attentive, wholesome life and healing.
Bachelors of Psychology, University of Malta
Mindfulness Teacher, Teaching Mindfulness with Shamash Alidina, London, UK (Author of The Mindful Way through Stress, and Mindfulness for Dummies), Society of Holistic Therapists and Coaches UK
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Trainer, EFT and Mindfulness Centre, Malta
Mindfulness in Education Trainer, Introducing young people to the benefits of Mindfulness in the safety of a school classroom, EFT and Mindfulness Centre, Malta (ongoing)
Gestalt Psychotherapist – Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, GPTIM Institute, Malta (ongoing)
Practices at: Xaghra, Gozo and Sliema, Malta
Modality: Yoga, Pilates, Lomi Lomi Bodywork and Massage
Dorota is a qualified Massage Therapist, and Yoga and Pilates Instructor, which she provides within her Pachamama Studio located in Xaghra. She graduated from a Masters course in Physiotherapy in 2007, and since then has gained a wealth of experience working in a number of health settings, first in Italy and then in Australia. As a massage therapist Dorota's preferred method of choice is the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui massage. This form of massage facilitates the removal of blockages that are dormant in people's bodies, both physically and emotionally. Dorota sees every person and their body as sacred, and whilst performing the massage she is informed by the subtle flow of energy between her and the client. Providing Lomi Lomi massage is a ceremony of sort during which she is completely present to the needs of her clients. To find out more about this transformative form of bodywork please visit the Body-Mind Integration section.
Dorota is committed to not only to her professional but also personal development. She has continued to experience the benefits of gradually opening her own heart and expanding her connectedness with Mother Earth and the rest of humanity. Dorota has found useful tools to support her growth and attends different programmes, gatherings, circles and retreats at various locations around the world.
This pursuit of inner growth and peace led Dorota to fly to the Sacred Valley of Peru, which is a home to the native Quechuas. She experienced first hand the sacred rituals, women’s circles, and gained some understanding of the Quechuas ancient knowledge. Dorota brought all of these experiences, gently tucked away in her heart, back to Gozo, where she continued the journey into herself. This journey revealed some significant learning curves for her and she could no longer postpone embarking on the inner work which entailed learning to accept herself fully, to grow her genuine self-love rather than getting caught up in self-judging which her mind had been so accustomed to.
Finally, her intuition brought Dorota to India where during her six month stay, she graduated from a yoga teacher course, which once again reminded the importance of embodiment in all aspects of our human existence. During the training she also received advanced instruction in meditation, mantras, and Pranayama practices, which helped her quit smoking for good. Since then she became a passionate advocate of the Pranayama breathing exercises! After returning to Gozo, Dorota was filled with new ideas and was determined to put the vision into life and share her love, gratitude and life experiences with her clients. She now runs regular retreats and her studio situated in a beautiful traditional Gozitan house in Xaghra is open to anyone who would like to sample some of the bliss, tranquility, joy and acceptance that she has found during her travels and the inner journey she has undergone along the way.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND POST-QUALIFYING TRAINING