Empower You Studio CBT Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy
in Reading, Wokingham and Basingstoke

About me. me


My name is Marta Zastepowska, I am an experienced and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) and I am accredited with the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (BABCP). In addition I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.


I have the extensive experience working across the National Health Service (NHS) including: primary setting, such as IAPT (Talking Therapies) - both as full-time and locum psychotherapist; secondary care, such Community Mental Health Team and tertiary care, including forensic mental health services. I also currently provide online and telephone CBT sessions. Please note that Skype or telephone sessions can also be arranged upon request.


My interest in psychotherapy/counselling started while working within the forensic field and using cognitive behavioural principles to assist clients in taking responsibility for their behaviour and to implement desirable changes. Working across a variety of settings enabled me to acquire an in-depth understanding of mental health issues and clients' unique treatment needs. I am primarily drawn to cognitive behavioural therapy model in relation to the experience of the here and now. However, my work is also underpinned by elements of Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness or Schema Therapy, counselling, as I firmly believe that there is no one size that fits all within therapy context, therefore the approaches I apply are flexible. My approach is person-centred and integrative.


As a psychotherapist I worked with a broad range of complex issues. These issues have included the following:
  • generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and stress related difficulties,
  • depression, low mood,
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),
  • health anxiety,
  • phobias (including vomit phobia),
  • social anxiety,
  • anger and irritability, behavioural problems,
  • panic disorder,
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
  • low self-esteem (including identity issues), low self-confidence
  • perfectionism,
  • bereavement,
  • guilt,
  • issues with managing strong emotions,
  • hoarding,
  • stress,
  • relationship problems, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, family issues, etc.,
  • work-related stress; career
  • suicidal thoughts; self-harm
  • loneliness
  • bullying
  • passive aggressive behaviour
  • disabilities


    I am committed to providing psychotherapy (counselling) sessions in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.



  • About me. babcp logo

    The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

    Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

    BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


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