Marina Collard Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist E8Marina Collard

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (CSTA)

My name is Marina Collard and I have been working as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist since 2010 and am based at HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney E8.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a gentle and profound bodywork modality that addresses the whole person. Sessions are an invitation for the client to gain awareness of their physicality and increase their embodied, integrated sense of self.

When someone is unwell or has suffered long periods of stress and anxiety, symptoms related to patterns of disturbance in the body, mind, and emotions become manifest.

BCST addresses these patterns and supports the client’s capacity to restore a healthier balance and ease in their physical and emotional selves. The therapy works through relational touch with the fine-tuned listening skills of the hands of the therapist.

How I Work:
In a session, you remain fully clothed and are invited to lie on a couch, though occasionally we work sitting or standing, or with slow movement if more suitable to your needs. I make gentle hands-on contact and together we notice the sensations that emerge.

Treatments can be relaxing as well as being a place for more intense, challenging experiences. Change manifests in individual ways and requires a balance of safety, tranquillity, and challenge.

This is supported by verbal dialogue as the client and therapist track the bodily sensations that emerge. Increased integration and awareness through the support of the therapeutic/relational touch, is a powerful way to restore the body’s capacity to self-repair.

Treatments are beneficial for a wide range of issues including stress-related conditions, muscular-skeletal issues, persistent pain, anxiety, recovering from surgery, PTSD, sleep and digestive disorders.

My background:
Having worked in dance for 20 years before becoming a bodyworker, my treatments are informed by my extensive experience in somatic, body/mind-based practices and years of in-depth physical enquiry.

Alongside my clinical practice, I continue to work as a dance artist and teacher in professional and educational settings and as a member of the faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Movement and Dance. I enjoy working both as a dance artist and therapist as I find that each of those practices informs the other and enriches, as well as deepens, my curiosity about the body.

I have taught a series of ‘Engaging the Body’ workshops in London and at the Da Sein Institut in Switzerland. These workshops are both practical and theoretical and are delivered in collaboration with leading BCST practitioner Steve Haines. They are open to therapists and non-therapists and offer approaches to exploring how movement and awareness can help us overcome pain.

I am currently seeing clients face-to-face. If you would like to book an appointment or ask any questions please contact me below:


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Marina Collard – Working Hours

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Wednesday N/A Sat-Sun 09:00 – 17:00 (Sat)

Contact Details

Marina Collard, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, can be reached using the following:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07779 295203

Clients Marina Works With

Client Issues Marina Deals With

Therapy Modalities Marina uses With Clients

Offers client Sessions In Languages Other Than English

Italian and French

Training and Qualifications

CranioSacral Therapy Association (CSTA), MA, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST), Relationship & Sex Therapy (RSTA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.


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