I wonder if I can help you? You might be considering counselling and thinking about some professional help. Perhaps you are experiencing some difficult or confusing feelings, which you find hard to deal with? You might have experienced a separation, bereavement or other losses or you might have physical symptoms such as aches and pains, sleeping difficulties and yet been given the all clear by your Doctor. It might be that you just don't know what's the matter but you feel a sense that life could feel a lot better than it does. Friends and family may try to be helpful, but you find it is difficult to talk to them, because they have their own points of view or want to give you advice?
How might counselling help? Would you like to know more about it?
You might have considered counselling in the past and are re considering it now, but still not been sure how it would help you. If this is the case and you would like to find out more, I am happy to offer an initial 30 minute telephone conversation to help you decide. I don't make a charge for this.
What clients I have seen have said about their counselling experience
"Counselling has given me an enduring relationship with a warm professional: someone who can help me correct or validate my assumptions about myself and my world whilst creating new meaning, new connections and new hope".
Jan 2010, male client D.
(I)... "was stumbling about aimlessly, not sure how to handle it and relying heavily on my family and close friends...(Maggie) has helped me me to move on, working with me, supporting me and gently guiding my self discovery.....regular counselling has given me a non judgemental environment in which to share my fears and frustrations and to discover what may be causing them. It has made me calmer...I have started to feel positive and look forward...I now view counselling as an essential tool.......a gift of insight and learning that has changed the way I think about myself".
Feb. 2010 Female client J.
About me and my counselling experience.
I have enjoyed working as a counsellor for over 20 years. During that time I have worked extensively in GPs surgeries and for organisations such as Bupa and have maintained a private practice since 1996. I have extensive experience of working therapeutically with both individuals and couples from all walks of life: different genders, ages, races, sexual and religious orientation, employed or unemployed. I see clients for both time limited counselling and longer term counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training includes:
Dip Clinical Supervision, PG Dip in Counselling in Primary Care, Dip Counselling, Cert Counselling. MA in Creative Writing 2019.
I have been an senior accredited Member of BACP.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
I review my fees annually in April each year.
When I work
I sometimes have an evening session available.
Alton Village, Stoke On Trent location - Easy accessible from Leek, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Ashbourne and Stoke by car.
I have off road parking. It is a very quiet location and confidentiality is assured.