Maude Gray Court
St Benedict's Street
Hello and welcome to my profile. I am a counsellor and therapist based in Norwich and am available for short, medium and long term counselling work.
While someone’s initial reason for seeking counselling may be a recognised ‘problem’ such as depression, anxiety or relationship difficulties, counselling as I try to practise it is oriented towards the whole person, not just the problem. I believe our so-called problems have important things to tell us and contain valuable information from our deeper self, which fundamentally knows what we need. Contrary to how it might feel, something must be working in us deep down for us to realise that something isn’t working!
Many of us feel cramped by the expectations of those around us or of society in general, finding no easy outlet for thoughts, feelings, fantasies and impulses. I see counselling as a place where everything about a person, no matter how strange or unacceptable it may seem, can be welcomed, valued and explored.
Training, qualifications & experience
My original studies were in Philosophy and Literature (BA) and English Literature (MA), and I worked in a variety of jobs before coming to counselling, including teacher and live-in carer. My therapy practice is grounded in my core training in person-centred counselling, while being informed by a variety of approaches.
My earliest studies in the analytic tradition continue to inform and inspire my work – Freud, Jung, Laing. In the humanistic tradition, apart from the work of Carl Rogers himself, I am especially informed by focusing-oriented and process-experiential approaches. Meditation and mindfulness have become more central to me in recent years and also have an influence.
In addition to my private practice, I have worked at the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Counselling Service and at the Norwich Centre for Personal & Professional Development. I also work at UEA as a mental health mentor and have taught there on the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills.
A note about the ‘areas of counselling I deal with’: I question the usefulness of diagnostic categories like those in the ‘areas of counselling I deal with’ section below. Such labels can pathologise and stigmatise normal human experience. They can also suggest there is ‘thing’ called depression, for example – different from the thing called anxiety – which some of us ‘have’ and some of us don’t. For the purposes of this profile I have selected a number of these labels to convey the range of concerns I work with, but I question their definition as ‘disorders’.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Hearing voices
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship issues
£40 per hour session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday afternoons and some evenings - please get in touch and we can try to find a time which works for both of us.