About Maya

Creative Professional and Holistic Counsellor
musician, educator, manager, author

A Creative Life is meeting the unknown with curiosity

My Approach

We are all born with the potential to live a well-balanced and creative life

We all have unique and valuable qualities that are needed in the world

We have more creative potential than we may be aware of having

Holistic Counselling

Holistic counselling considers every client’s unique needs and physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. It is a client-centred approach that uses the client’s innate potential to self-regulate and self-assess development.

Together with the client, we focus on challenges that hinder life energy flow, such as anxiety, depression, lack of self-confidence, stage fright, and demanding life transitions. In addition, I help clients accept and integrate challenging situations, such as losses, change of workplace, and various transitions, into their lives.

What is Creative Life

I work with the clients to build their creative life approach by landing into a deeply relaxed, empowered state of being. It is about looking at life as it is, enjoying taking risks, living courageously and fully, growing.

Building a creative life approach means learning to slow down when things are too much; show up in the world; participate; expressing one’s truth; meeting people; forgiving; being compassionate; changing the routines; being vulnerable; living life to the full.

About Maya

Thirty-five years of professional experience include music, counselling, teaching, writing, and leadership


Creative expression includes violin playing as a member of the opera orchestra and chamber music performances as a violinist and violist. She has also written essays on culture and music, and broadcasting radio shows for the Croatian Radio Programme 3. 

Maya got BMus(Hons) and dip. RCM from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied violin, viola, and baroque violin. She is also trained in the Psychology of Creativity, Sport and Performance. Interest in the psychology of music, sociology, and aesthetics led her to study for an MA degree in Music Education at the University College London Institute of Education.

Counselling and Sound Healing

Maya is trained counsellor at S.I.A.F. Working With People™ Essential Holistic Counselling programme with Rafia Morgan and Turiya Hanover. She was trained in Essences of Being, Enneagram and working with Inner Judge modalities. Maya has been attending courses, workshops, and retreats for personal development facilitated by the leading names in the field, such as Path of Love transformational retreats,  and Who is In retreats. Studying music and exploring its healing powers led her to learn about music, sound and voice healing.

With Laurence Cummings, conductor, Artistic Director London Handel Festival and Academy of Ancient Music and Catherine Mackintosh, violinist, Artistic Leader and Founder member Purcell Quartett, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Rafia Morgan and Turiya Hanover
Founders and leaders of Working With People ™

Dido and Aeneas, Croatian National Theatre Split
an international arts education project

Management and Leadership

Experience in management includes collaboration with international artists and ensembles (western classical, Indian classical, jazz), leading an opera house, managing international festivals and educational projects, organising concerts, and running elaborate international theatre and multimedia co-productions. She co-founded and led Aestas Musica International Baroque Seminars in Varazdin, Croatia, Musica Aeterna Dubrovnik, and Early Music Festival Dubrovnik. She was also the Director of Opera at Croatian National Theatre of SplitDirector of Music Programme of Split Summer Festival and the Head of Music Faculty at European Mozart Academy. She got an MA degree in Arts Management at The City, University of London.

With Dean Rodney (middle) and the team from Heart’n’Soul London – working on a global multimedia project The Dean Rodney Singers, featured at the South Bank London during Cultural Olympics London 2012

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