Mari Winkelman

Mari Winkelman


07932 440827

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07932 440827

About me

You may be seeking counselling for yourself, or for a loved one and I know it can be daunting to approach a new person when you feel vulnerable. It's so important to find someone you can feel comfortable enough to open up to, so I offer a free 20 minute phone call so you can get a feel for me and my approach.

I work with Adults from all walks of life who have often reached the point where they've tried everything they can to deal with their problems, and/or have felt overwhelmed by them. If you choose counselling with me, I will aim to build trust and empower you early on in the work. Some clients need only a few sessions to find their way forward with an issue whilst others seek a long-term therapeutic relationship in counselling to work through deep relational wounds or more deeply embedded pain.

My clients bring many different challenging and painful issues to work with: self-harm, addiction, eating issues, abuse, feeling marginalised, bullying, sexuality and relationship issues, work-related stresses, bereavement, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, suicidal feelings and thoughts to name a few. Clients also bring existential quandaries and questions like 'what is my reason for being alive?' and 'how do I find my purpose in life?'

My integrative approach to counselling emphasises the relationship we build together as therapist and client and this is the main foundation for therapeutic work. My experience seems to show that whatever symptoms and problems we experience, they are trying to point us in the direction of health, balance and fuller expression of our truest selves. Psychosynthesis counselling invites awareness and process in the realms of thoughts, emotions, body awareness, awareness of spirituality and the 'bigger picture', whatever that means for the individual. I aim to help you find out what you would need as a client from our work to support and resource you in counselling. My role is to facilitate your exploration of your known and unknown experiences and find your own meaning there, which often points the way to deeper relationship with yourself and more confidence in life.

I will bear witness to you and your life as you bring yourself: to listen with warmth, interest and not to place value judgements on you or the issues you bring. I will accompany you in mapping the territory you wish to explore, helping you locate your resources, checking the risks and being compassionately alongside you with what feels vulnerable and unknown to you. I will also hold hope and belief in you and your ability to step into the unknown and find what you need to feel more alive, to feel and act more in alignment with your values and to create your life as such.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in psychosynthesis counselling in 2007 and followed this up with a six month skills training in CBT and mindfulness. I worked in private practice and the NHS for a few years before taking a break to train in Integrative Body and Movement Therapy from 2010-2015.

In 2016 I've returned to work as a counsellor with this wealth of embodied knowledge and experience, and I offer counselling as a distinct and effective way to meet people who want to talk, who may feel ready to engage in body-based mindfulness and to better understand any body-related issues, and who want to feel heard and seen in a holistic way. I facilitate mindfulness practices when these could help you. I receive regular clinical supervision, undertake continuing professional development training and I am working toward accreditation. Alongside my counselling practice, I continue to work as a body and movement therapist with people with chronic health conditions and embodied pain.

I've been working in support roles for 18 years, including time at Samaritans, in drugs and alcohol support services, as a counsellor in higher education, the NHS and the voluntary sector - particularly with people of diverse sexual identities - and in private practice.

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My hourly fee is £40. I do offer a free initial phone consultation of up to 20 minutes which we can arrange at a mutually convenient time by email or phone, and once we agree this, I ask that you call me.

I have a cancellation policy which I explain when we begin work together.

Maps & Directions

Stroud, GL5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Older adults
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