Maria Cooper-Gomes - Holistic Therapist
Hello and Welcome!
I am an experienced, intuitive Holistic Therapist / Reiki Master. I practice Reiki, Access Bars® Indian Head Massage, Auricular (ear) Acupuncture and offer Reiki training. I am a member of CHNC (Complimentary and Natural Health Council) FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and Acupuncture Society Council.
I provide professional training in South West London. Learning Reiki is a gift to your soul and spirit, it will take you on a journey of healing and empowerment, it might inspire you to be a practitioner, master/teacher as it did for me.
I like to have a flexible approach when working with my clients. I often combine the different treatments I offer to provide a bespoke service. Auricular Acupuncture and Sound healing modalities are added to Reiki sessions ( with clients consent) Free of Charge. From my experience, both these modalities work extremely well with energy healing, it enhances the depth of the treatment for deeper profound healing to take place.
In addition to the healing modalities I practice, I have also studied counselling, and have 15 years of experience working in the social care sector. My practice integrates these skills giving me the ability to work with individuals on a variety of levels in a confident and professional manner.
The therapies I offer have helped me shift old patterns of behavior, to support and heal myself. I felt so empowered learning Reiki, and the benefits of taking responsibility for my wellbeing, I was inspired to learn more.
All of my treatments address the root cause of the issue rather than the symptoms, promoting Healing, Empowerment, and Freedom.
My story below will give you some insight about my healing journey as it plays a big part of who I am today and why I am passionate about my work. I know from experience that it is possible to heal and arrive at a place that is more loving, compassionate, forgiving and accepting. My journey has given me wisdom, understanding, insight about transformational work and to be able to guide and support others through their own healing journey.
My own healing journey began thirty years ago in my twenties. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin and I didn’t see the point of living. I tried to take my own life twice. I had a very traditional, Catholic Indian upbringing and although I strived to break away from that I had unwittingly recreated a similar paradigm in my relationship where I felt controlled and suffocated. It wasn’t long before my whole body erupted in eczema, an external representation of the repressed emotions I was holding inside, as soon as the Reiki healer put her hands on me I knew that this was what my whole being needed. Not just my physical and emotional self, but my spiritual and energetic being too. As soon as the session ended I asked the therapist where I could learn reiki and she recommended my reiki master Linda Penny. I knew instinctively it was my path that I needed to follow. I felt my energy beginning to open, an inner journey of healing had begun. I was waking up to myself.
After I completed my Reiki level 1 the 21-day cleansing process connected me to my own intuition in ways I could not have imagined. I fell pregnant and knew almost instantly. I was excited and knew I wanted to have the baby, despite my partner not being in the same place as me and facing shame and cultural pressures not to have children outside of wedlock. This was the first time in my life I claimed my power. I said I am having this baby.
The next five years were the hardest of my life. I was pulled in and out of an abusive relationship with someone who rejected me over and over again. I later realised this was a repetition of childhood trauma I was yet to heal.
I was in a seriously bad place, I was on benefits, I had no heating and had water leaking through my roof. My self-esteem was on the floor. Every area of my life was shit. I knew that I needed to do something, I needed to take responsibility for my life. I needed to heal so that I could close this chapter and welcome something new.
It was then that I took my power back for the second time by ending my abusive relationship once and for all. Closing that door almost immediately opened another. I got a grant from the council to help with my home repairs, and I began volunteering at a charity that worked with young people and substance abuse, where I met my now-husband Frank.
The next few years were a positive time of rebuilding my life, growing, and healing. I worked in a number of roles within the substance misuse and social care sectors, where I developed skills I didn’t know I had including space holding for people. I married Frank and had my second son. I also qualified as a theta practitioner. During this time, we lost Frank’s mum to breast cancer.
Then in 2014, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. What followed was a gruesome nine months of hard work, two surgeries, chemo, and radiotherapy. I was in total shock. But I knew that cancer didn’t mean death for me. It was going to be a doorway to transformation. I was determined to survive and I would do everything in my power to heal myself.
Months before I’d been diagnosed with cancer people had been telling me about a guy named John who did acupuncture and was amazing treating cancer patients. So here I was now battling cancer, and I decided to go and see him.
I didn’t know it then, but meeting John was to be a pivotal moment for me into much deeper healing. I took up Qi Gong which helped me stay calm and grounded throughout my cancer treatment.
Once I had finished my treatment I had a strong sense that it was time to face life head-on. It was then that I began my shamanic journey with the first of four vision quests. I would live on a mountain in silence and without food or water for four days in the first year, 7 days in the second year, 9 days in the third year and 13 in the final year.
Stripped of all comforts (bar a sleeping bag), I connected to myself and spirit on a deeper level than ever before. It was the scariest thing I have ever done, but I had to do it, I had received a calling. It’s so easy to ignore our calling when it comes, but that was not an option for me.
On the mountain, I received a vision of my logo, the hummingbird. Small, but with powerful, uplifting energy. Seeking out the sweet nectar of life.
Following my cancer treatment, I felt absolutely done in. I’d been through so much in my life. I had experienced the momentary sweet relief of meeting my husband, having my two boys, getting married and beginning to build the life I’d always wanted, and then cancer came and it felt to me as though it took that all goodness away. When I saw the hummingbird, it inspired me to find joy in my life again.
I realised that I had two choices – I could either be bitter, or I could accept my past as all the different parts of me that had led me to this point, my chance to start a new chapter.
I’ve learned that if we don’t heal ourselves, our unhealed anger, resentment, and trauma can manifest into something greater – for me that was cancer. However, if we take responsibility by stepping out of a place of victimhood and resistance, our pain and suffering can be healed and can be transformed into freedom, empowerment, and joy.
Please note I Do Not Offer Body Massage.
Training, qualifications & experience
1996 Reiki Level 1- Usui System
1998 Reiki Level 2 - Usui System
2002 Certificate in Counselling Skills
2003 Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies
2004 Reiki Third Degree Master/ Teacher
2011 Theta Healing Basic DNA
2011 Theta Healing Advanced DNA
2013 Indian Head Massage Practitioners Diploma
2015 Ear Acupuncture for Detoxification & NADA protocol
2017 Meditation / Awareness based practice Teachers Course
2018 Theta Healing Dig Deeper Course
2019 Access Bars ®
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC.
Members must abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and hold current professional indemnity insurance.
Federation of Holistic Therapists
FHT is the largest multi-disciplinary therapy organisation in the UK and has been representing holistic, beauty and sports therapists for over 45 years.
There a number of different membership categories (including Fellows, Member, Student, Associate and Non-Practitioner) which are dependent on qualifications and experience.
FHT enforce high professional standards, and all Members, Fellows and Student Members are required to follow a strict Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Other available therapies
Travelling : Yuan Clinic, Colwood Gardens SW19 2DT where I practice from is 5 mins away from Colliers Wood ( Northern line) also there is free parking nearby
Reiki - 1-2-1 Healing £70 ( includes ear acupuncture and sound healing) packages of 3 sessions £195
Distant Reiki Healing - 1 hour - £50 (15 min check-in, 30 min treatment, 15 min feedback)
Access Bars ® - 1hr 30 mins £130, packages of 3 sessions £360
Weekly online Relaxation Session Infused with Reiki and Sound Healing £10
( For more detailed information about the above modalities please go to my website).
Reiki Training - Reiki 1 ( 1 day) £140 Reiki 2 ( 2 days) £300 Reiki Master ( 2 days) £500
Contact me via email or phone to arrange a FREE 30-minute consultation. This initial chat is really about me finding out a bit more about you and what you hope to achieve, and for you to ask me any questions about the healing modalities I offer.
For all my face to face treatments I am line with CNHC, Reiki Federation and Public Health England guidance I am offering face to face treatments.