Marie Williams, Dip. Couns., MBACP
Do you sometimes feel as though you have no one to talk to? Or no one who understands you and what you may be going through? Perhaps you are suffering with anxiety, panic, depression or feeling sad. I offer face-to-face individual therapy to adults of all ages. I have worked with a variety of issues from abuse (including sexual, physical, emotional, bullying, homophobia, neglect), relationship problems, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, addictions, obsessions, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, loss, bereavement, challenges relating to sexuality, self-esteem etc. through to the feelings of shame, guilt, unhappiness, sadness, jealousy, anger etc. which can often afflict clients who have survived such difficulties.
My style is plain-speaking, warm, non-judgemental and straight-forward. My aim is to nurture a person's real self, so as to encourage self-expression in order that you may create genuine choice for yourself. I am conscious of the fact that counselling may appear unnerving or intimidating, and my attitude is very much that, "if something preoccupies your mind, then all the more reason to bring it to therapy", where I will listen to your concerns and treat them seriously - all in complete confidence.
Whilst my work comes under the umbrella of "talking therapies", I work holistically on the basis that mind/body, and therefore, emotional/physical health are inextricably intertwined. In addition to promoting dialogue, I support self-exploration and creativity with you; this can prove illuminating - and ultimately - growthful and healing for clients.
Work may be short-term or open-ended and I am interested in hearing what is really going on for you, in exploring your needs and in working jointly with you towards getting them met. To this end, the first session will consist of an initial consultation so that you, and I, may assess what it is you want to get from any future sessions.
Sessions take place in Balham, London SW12 - a few minutes from Balham Rail and Underground Stations.
Training, qualifications & experience
(1) Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills
(2) Diploma in Counselling
I trained at the Gestalt Centre, London, am qualified in Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Counselling and provide one-to-one support to adults seeking change in their lives so that they may live more authentically - that is, as true a person to themselves as is possible - in order that they may achieve resolution to what is keeping them stuck so as to enable them to go forward in their lives and ultimately reach their optimum potential.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked as a legal and generalist adviser helping people with wide-ranging problems in areas such as housing law, immigration law, employment law, consumer law, personal injury, discrimination and debt. It was in this role that I became fascinated with how clients' mental health not only impacts their physical health (and vice versa), but also how mental health affected clients' ability to cope with the vicissitudes of daily life.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Fri. 14.00 - 21.30
Types of client