Maria Mead MBACP - Individuals & Couples Counselling
Winchmore Hill Clinic
925 Green Lanes
Hello and welcome,
Would it help to get a new perspective and understanding on what’s troubling you in confidence with someone who’s impartial, neutral and has no pre-conceived ideas about you and who isn’t here to judge you?
I understand that seeking therapy can be daunting. It took a leap of faith for me to put my trust in counselling when a crisis in my own life brought me into therapy. I'm very grateful that I took the plunge as counselling helped me to turn my life around in a way I could never have imagined. Having witnessed on a personal level how counselling made a difference in my own life is what motivated me to develop myself further in order to empower others to do the same.
Through working as a voluntary counsellor at a busy London-based bereavement service, where I worked for 6 years before starting in private practice, I came to realise that loss comes in many forms, including relationship breakdown, divorce, disability, loss of confidence, deteriorating health, miscarriage, identity, infertility, etc. Coping with any kind of loss is a very personal and individual experience. You may feel as though you are struggling alone but you don't have to cope with what you are going through alone.
I have worked effectively with people in emotional distress and conflict on a wide range of issues including bereavement, anxiety, relationships, depression, stress, abuse, addictive behaviour, work-place bullying, OCD, sexuality. I also work with people who are wanting to develop their identity, confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem and with younger people who are experiencing exam anxiety/stress, bullying, cultural or family concerns.
Couples Relationship Counselling
You may be considering couples counselling? Relationship dynamics can feel exhausting, especially if you are stuck in a negative cycle of blame, criticism and distancing. Due to our relationship histories and the negative interaction cycles we get into with our partners, many of us have difficulties with trust and in expressing emotions to those who mean the most to us. As a result of this we develop habit-forming ways of reacting to our partners which ends up causing much pain, injury and despair. The main aim of couples counselling with me is to work on these patterns and work on changing these negative interaction cycles in a neutral, containing, non-judgmental and confidential environment.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss your circumstances in order to see whether I can be of help.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP. My training has met the standards required to gain entry onto the BACP's Voluntary Accredited Register.This Register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and provides assurance to clients that the counsellor offers good quality care.
As part of my accredited register membership with the BACP I strive to adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines. I am committed to continuing my professional development with monthly supervision, CPD training and workshops related in the field of psychotherapy, counselling and personal development.
I have also undertaken the Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and I am currently undertaking a further year's intensive on line training with the Couples Institute.
- Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited course) - Mary Ward Centre
- ( incorporating Humanistic/Psychodynamic/Transpersonal theory models) 2006 - 2008
- Level 3 Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling - City Lit - 2004
- Bereavement counselling 2006-2012 - CCIWBS
- Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills - Parts I & II - British Psychological Society (BPS) - 2015
- Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (ICEEFT) - 2016
- CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy)- Paul Gilbert - 2016
- Couples counsellling training with Deborah Winterborne UKCP - www.complete-couples.co.uk 2016 -2017
- currently working towards professional certification with The Couples Institute (www.couplesinstitute.com) - 2017
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
I charge £45 per individual session and £60 per couples session. Student Counsellors welcome - £35
individual sessions = 55 minutes
couples sessions = 75 minutes
- Free consultations by telephone
- A few concessionary rate sessions may be available upon request (day time appointments only)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
day times: (Mon, Weds, Thurs,) eves: (Mon - Fri)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|