Maria Mead, MBACP, NCS (Accred Registrant) individuals & couples
Winchmore Hill Clinic
925 Green Lanes
Hello and welcome,
Would it help to get a new perspective and understanding on what is troubling you in confidence with someone neutral who isn't here to judge you or tell you what you should or shouldn't do but who is here to support you as an experienced counsellor? Talking to supportive family and friends can be helpful but we often take into account their feelings and judgements, which can mean we hold back from saying what we truly believe or feel.
I started my counselling career by working as a voluntary counsellor in a bereavement charity. Loss comes in many different forms (i.e. loss of loved ones, deteriorating health, disability, job, home, relationship, etc.) Sometimes, when so much of your time is taken up by being a mother, father, husband, wife, caring for others, work, etc you can feel as though you don’t know who you are any more. Such loss of identity can result in increased levels of generalised anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, a loss of self-confidence, social anxiety, isolation, chronic loneliness, all of which threaten our ability to connect with other people
For the past 10 years I have had the privilege to meet and work effectively together with individuals and couples from all walks of life and ethnicities who find themselves in emotional distress or who just want some relief from feeling chronically exhausted, anxious or overwhelmed. I have a down to earth, proactive and engaged approach.
I also see people who are seeking to develop their confidence and self worth and who wish to “find their voice” as well as younger people who are experiencing exam stress, bullying, cultural, relationship or family concerns.
I have a special interest in working with couples and helping them to change the negative cycle between them. I understand the distress felt by partners by being stuck in a repeating negative pattern. Due to our relationship histories, 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 pain and despair. The main aim of couples counselling with me is to work on these patterns and work on changing your negative interactions in a neutral, containing, non-judgmental and confidential environment.
I have trained with the Couples Institute (USA) for one year under its founder Dr Ellyn Bader Phd author of 'In Quest For The Mythical Mate' and 'Tell Me No Lies'. The institute takes a developmental approach to relationship work drawing on different therapeutic approaches, including neuroscience. I have also completed a 4 day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy run by the Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy under its founder Dr Sue Johnson, author of 'Hold Me Tight' which draws upon experiential, systemic and attachment theory to understand the dynamics of the couple relationship.
Please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email if you wish to discuss your circumstances in order to see whether I can assist you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maria - Tel: 07940565603
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accredited course - Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
- Bereavement counselling training - CCIWBS
- Teaching Mindfulness Skills - British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Basic couples counselling training with Deborah Winterborne UKCP
- Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (ICEEFT)
- Graduate of the Developmental Model Training Course with the Couples Institute (USA)
I am on an Accredited Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The Accredited Register programme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public and provides assurance to clients that the counsellor is committed to high professional standards.
As a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and NCS (National Counselling Society) 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.
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
My fees are as follows:-
Individuals: £45 per session - 55 mins
Couples: £60 per session - 75 mins
I also offer a few lower rates to students attending university or further studies as well as pensioners and those in financial hardship. These are subject to availability and are usually day time appointments.
Trainee Counsellors welcome
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available week days and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|