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 came about. I'm very grateful that I did as it turned my life around in a way I would never have imagined. Having witnessed personally how it made a difference in my own life is what motivated me to develop myself further and train so that I could empower others to do the same.
I started voluntary counselling at a busy London-based bereavement service in 2006 where I worked for 6 years before working in private practice. Loss comes in many different forms, including disability, relationship breakdown, confidence, deteriorating health, miscarriage, loss of identity, empty nest syndrome, etc. Coping with any kind of loss is a very personal 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 loss, anxiety, depression, stress, abuse, OCD, sexuality. I also work with people who are seeking to develop their identity, confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem and with younger people who are experiencing exam anxiety/stress, bullying, cultural or family concerns.
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. When couples argue about issues such as jealousy, money or sex, the root of these arguments often stems from one partner not feeling connected, not trusting or not feeling safe and secure with the other partner. Because those you are attached to are unavailable or not responding to your needs to feel close or supported it can cause you emotional distress, pain and sadness. You may also become anxious, angry, fearful, numb, withdrawn, etc. You may long for a deep sense of connection but the wounded part of you causes distance. All too often it takes a crisis to happen before people seek counselling. Better late than never!
What you might hope to achieve through counselling with me:-
Greater self-awareness and insight about your thoughts, feelings and actions. This gives you more clarity as to who you are and how you got here. Perhaps you feel the past is holding you back? Armed with this knowledge and understanding can help you to make more conscious choices for yourself starting from now.
Seeing things from a different perspective on the relationships or experiences that are causing you difficulty. Exploring your concerns in the counselling space creates opportunity for some surprising insights and discoveries which can lead you to see things in a more enlightened yet realistic and constructive way.
Increased intimacy and connections with yourself and others. By understanding your relationship dynamics and what gets in the way of you relating to one another, you can gradually begin to risk expressing your needs, to change the negative dance between you, to feel closer, connected and more in tune with one another.
Coping with persistent and difficult feelings. Giving space to your emotions and feelings and having them heard and validated in therapy can be a very reparative experience that can eventually lead on to no longer bottling up your emotions and feelings and/or projecting them on to others. There are also mindfulness techniques which can be helpful in managing persistent negative thoughts and ruminating.
Development of self-acceptance and self-worth. Being heard and accepted for being you can also lead to increased self-acceptance, a greater zest for life, and peace of mind.
Therapy can be a challenging process but it can also be extremely rewarding. I'm an insightful and respectful therapist whose aim is to support and work alongside you throughout the process.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss your circumstances in order to see whether I can be of help.
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.
- 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
- Helpline counselling for people who have contracted Herpes Virus Simplex - HVA - 2005
- Bereavement counselling training and working as a voluntary counsellor 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
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.
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 £40 per individual session and £60 per couples session.
individual sessions = 50 minutes
couples sessions = 70 minutes
- Student counsellors welcome at a concessionary rate
- Free consultations
- Some concessions are available (day time appointments)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
day times: (Mon, Weds, Thurs,) eves: (Mon - Fri)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|