Maria Goodin, PgDip, BA (Hons), Registered Member MBACP
Welwyn Garden City
Hello, my name is Maria and I am a fully qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) with over ten years' professional experience working in counselling, coaching and mentoring.
I provide a secure, non-judgmental, confidential space where we can work together to resolve your problems. I am experienced in helping with a wide range of issues, including:
- relationship issues
- family issues
- generalised anxiety disorder
- separation and divorce
- affairs and betrayals
- bipolar disorder/ manic depression
- seasonal affective disorder (sad)
- loss of purpose/ direction
- postnatal depression
- low self-esteem
- low self-confidence
Because we are all different, and our problems are unique to us, I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches so that counselling is tailored to suit your needs. Using my wide range of training, I use a combination of psychodynamic therapy, solution-focused practice, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Always at the heart of my practice lies the belief that we need a safe, compassionate space in which to talk freely and without feeling judged.
I offer a FREE 30 minute consultation over the phone o face-to-face so that you can get an understanding of the way I work, and discuss any queries or concerns you might have about the counselling process.
I started my career as a counsellor at the Letchworth Centre for Health Living (a holistic health centre) and then worked for several years with the mental health charity Mind. I also worked for the NHS, providing counselling in a GP surgery. I currently combine my private counselling practice with my work in universities, providing specialist support to people with a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders and mental health problems. I also work as a volunteer on-line counsellor for the Tasha Foundation - a mental health, drug and alcohol counselling service.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (Commendation) from the University of Hertfordshire which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also hold a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and have trained in Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
Over the years I have undertaken a wide range of professional development training in order to enhance my practice, including specialist training in anxiety, depression, attachment issues, eating disorders and anger.
I am fully insured and receive ongoing supervision, which is a professional requirement and ensures my work is carried out to a high standard.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and my work adheres to the professional standards of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
- Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training
- University Diploma in Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills: Loss and Bereavement
Professional Training Courses -
- Attachment Theory
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Training for Counsellors
- Counselling Assessments
- Working with Disordered Eating
- Suicide and Self Harm
- Working with Depression
- Anger Management
- Risk Management and Suicide Intervention
- Mental Health Awareness
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Psychological First Aid
- Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occuring Difficulties
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
FREE 30 minute consultation over the phone or face-to-face
Fees are £45 per 50 minute session.
Concessions are available for students and people on low incomes.
My private practice is based at the Hertfordshire Therapy Centre, a five minute drive from Welwyn Garden City town centre and a ten minute walk from the train station. There is plenty of free parking available just outside.
Appointments are available evening and weekends.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evenings, weekends
Types of client