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Maria Antoniou PhD

(she/her)

hello!

Here's a bit about me and my story:

I was born and raised in East London, within a Greek Cypriot family.

As a child I was creative, loved The Magic Far Away Tree and made 'potions' in old paint tins... In my teenage years, I was the rebel and odd one out and spent most of my time in my bedroom, reading anything I could get my hands on, listening to The Smiths and making clothes out of old curtains...

At 18, I escaped to university - (the first in my immediate family to go - for a degree in Sociology. I'd imagined it would be all about books, patchouli oil and deep, late night conversations - it wasn't!

I then moved around England for a few years, doing various jobs while studying - I have an MA in Social Research Methods and a PhD in Women's Studies.

I settled in the Brighton area, where I've now lived for 25 years.

Although I was an intuitive child, and bought my first set of tarot cards at age 15, I only really 'discovered' spirituality and personal development in my late '20s, while going through a difficult time. I started reading, exploring and training.

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My 'credentials', if it's important to you:

The conventional stuff

  • First class BA Hons degree, MA (with Distinction) and PhD
  • BTEC Level 3, Life Coaching Skills & Practice
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (and part of a PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - but I dropped out as it wasn't for me, so I'm not a qualified counsellor)

The spiritual stuff

  • Advanced Soul Realignment Practitioner (Akashic Records reading). I trained with Andrrea Hess, taking SR levels 1-3, plus additional courses in Business & Financial Alignment, Manifesting, Reading the Future and more...
  • Reiki Practitioner (Master / Teacher level)
  • Future Life Progression & Past Life Regression Practitioner (I trained with FLP founder Anne Jirsch)

I've also taken numerous workshops and retreats on shamanism, tarot, the goddess, personal development, psychic development, mediumship, business and more...

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I've been coaching since 2007, and running workshops and courses since 2012. I'm in my late '40s and work mostly online, with clients and course participants around the world.

At the same time, I've had 'day jobs' in social research, charity fundraising and leadership, and consultancy.

A socially-conscious, politically-informed approach is extremely important to me.

Although most of my clients are women, I welcome and work with clients of all genders. I take an LGBT+ affirmative approach, and am committed to anti-racism, equity and inclusion. I think, write and speak about the links between spirituality and politics. 

Want to know anything else? Drop me a line.

Writing & Speaking

I've also written for / appeared in Spirit & Destiny, Fate and Fortune and Soulacy magazines

I've given talks at the UK Tarot Conference, London Tarot Festival and other events.

I'd be pleased to consider writing and speaking opportunities, please get in touch.

*Womxn is an inclusive term currently used by some intersectional feminists to get away from patriarchal language that positions women as the extensions of men; to explicitly include trans women and non-binary people; and explicitly include women of colour. Although there is ongoing discussion about language, with some women not liking the term, for now 'womxn' sits right with me. Most importantly, I am committed to equity and inclusion of all kinds and expect those in my community to be respectful to and accepting of our different lives, identities and experiences.