Miriam James, MBACP (Snr. Accred) Counsellor & Supervisor; EMDR Practitioner
I believe that talking to someone who accepts you as you are and doesn't seek to change or judge you can greatly assist in understanding and resolving fears and painful feelings.
I aim to offer you that acceptance and understanding. As a very experienced counsellor, I work in a number of different areas, (as you can read further down on my profle). To me, it's vital that you feel comfortable and can trust me as your counsellor. To this end, if you wish to talk to me in advance of making an appointment, do contact me by phone or by email. I will be extremely happy to discuss how I work and answer any questions you have.
Regarding my experience, all of my working life, I have had people-facing roles. Previously, I worked in human resources in global organisations and also in a large public sector organisation, where I was responsible for the welfare and progress of third world students in the UK. Since 1990 I have worked in my own consultancy, as a therapist, a supervisor, a trainer and career coach. Beforehand, I worked in West Africa as a volunteer for 2 years and more recently for 18 years, I was an associate senior coach in a premier career coaching firm.
My counselling training
In 1997 I started training to become a counsellor, achieving a long-held ambition. Since completing that training 3 years later, I decided to train to become a counselling supervisor. I love working as both a therapist and as a supervisor.
What I offer you
My work includes counselling, supervising and career coaching. I offer short term and open ended counselling to couples, individuals and small groups. I work in my counselling room in central Maidenhead and also offer telephone counselling sessions.
Areas in which I work as a counsellor include: relationship issues, couples counselling, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, panic attacks, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and loss, welfare & health issues, abuse, low self-esteem and self-confidence, stress, bullying, assertiveness, dementia and anger management.
When working as a career coach, the following topics occur often, but they are not an exhaustive list: workplace issues, career change, portfolio careers, redundancy and job loss, low self-esteem and low self-confidence, assertiveness, CV writing, interview skills, making effective presentations and coping with stress.
I'm aware that arranging a first meeting with a counsellor can make you feel nervous. In recognising this, I try hard to make you feel welcome and at ease, so that you're able to talk openly and feel really heard.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counsellor: from 2000
Counselling Supervisor: from 2003
Trauma specialist: 2007
Career Coach: from 1990
I am a senior member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Qualifications include:
MBACP (Senior Accredited Counsellor)
MBACP (Senior Accredited Supervisor for Individuals)EMDR practitioner, specialising in trauma and anxiety
Certificate in Supervision
Diploma in Counselling
Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management.
Training & ongoing development
Professional development matters to me. I try to keep up to date by attending training events, reading and meeting peers regularly.
In my career, I have worked with clients and supervisees from very diverse backgrounds: across different cultures, nationalities, occupations, ages, religions and beliefs. I aim always to be accepting and tolerant of others.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
N.B. An hour refers to 60 minutes, not 50.
£55 for individuals for an hour.
£65 for couples for an hour, £85 for an hour and a half.
£55 for individual supervision for an hour, with a free introductory meeting.
£75 for individual career coaching for an hour.
I have a comprehensive website, which fully describes what I do at: www.mjcounselling.com
My counselling room is situated close to the M4 and the M40, with free road parking at all times. It is only a 10 minute walk from Maidenhead Rail Station, with direct connections to Reading, Twyford, Taplow, Burnham, Slough, Langley, Iver, Hayes, Acton, Ealing, & London Paddington.
"From here to there" is training and support I provide to student counsellors, seeking paid counselling work or wanting to create a counselling practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available between 8.30am to 8pm on weekdays. But unavailable between January 27th 2017 to March 6th 2017.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I believe that the key to successful supervision is the quality of the relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee.View supervision profile