About me

It can take a great deal of courage and strength to ask for professional help when emotional difficulties are interfering with your life.  However, having counselling at the right time with the right therapist will be a decision you will not regret. I aim to give you a safe place where you can feel comfortable to explore your difficulties without being judged.

I have worked as a Counselling Psychologist for 22 years and have seen the long lasting benefits it brings to people helping them overcome adverse life events, loss, disabling anxiety and depression.  Counselling will help you to develop self awareness, overcome unwanted self defeating behaviours and repeated relationship patterns to enable you to live a more fulfilling life. I also  offer cognitive -behaviour therapy and compassion focussed therapy which are models of therapy to help you overcome disabling anxiety, trauma and depression.

I am registered with the Health Care Professional Council as a Counselling Psychologist.  Counselling Psychology is rooted in psychological research to ensure that the most  appropriate counselling models are tailored to you and your individual presenting issues. This approach will enable you to get the most benefit from your therapy.

I am also an Accredited Registered Member of the BACP.

Do also check out my website - www.thelinkpractice.co.uk where you will be able to read more information about myself and the services offered.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Psychology - - Middlesex University -
MSc Counselling Psychology - City University -
HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist -
BACP Accredited -
Graduate Member of the BPS
Diploma in Eating Disorders - 2006
MBSR course - 2012
Critical incident debriefing - 2013
Dialectal-behaviour therapy 2015

Traumatic grief - 2021
Compassion focused therapy  2016

EMDR - part 1 - 2019

CBT for couples - 2017

I have worked in a variety of settings, the NHS, Private Psychiatry, organisations, Education and in Private Practice. I have also worked as a volunteer for a teenage charity and  as a youth worker and counsellor.

I also undertake work for Insurance Companies.

I have worked  as a Psychotherapy Tutor for Chrysalis in Bournemouth.

I facilitate groups and workshops.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Career coaching

For people out of work based on my experience working with condition management for a Welfare to work company.  I offer one to one coaching  tailored to your needs and circumstances, exploring your present situation, looking at where you are now and how to reach your goals.

Counselling for carers

Group work


Stress Management

mindfulness skills - 6 wee kcourse to start in Janury 2018

Please call regarding the next group being offered

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Additional information

£60 individual counselling

£60 cognitive behaviour therapy

£70 couples

£70 - insurance companies
£50 a hour / £75 1.5 hours - Supervision for trained Counsellors and Mental Health Professionals

£20 for group work per session.


Monday 9.30 - 4.30 Tuesday 10 - 12 2- 7 pm Thursday 9.30 - 5.30

Further information

I offer individual, couples and group work

Individuals - short focal work and/or long term - face to face or over the telephone. The length of sessions depends on your issues but will be discussed with you at the first session and reviewed again at the fourth session.

Cognitive-behaviour therapy, mindfulness cognitive-behaviour therapy and compassion focussed therapy - useful for anxiety disorders., depression, eating disorders, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Therapy for counsellors in training

Supervision for counsellors

I am able to work effectively with a range of psychological issues and concerns.  My area of speciality are as follows:-

Stress and burnout
Anxiety disorders
Trauma and PTSD
work related issues
help following redundancy
Loss and bereavement

Anxiety disorders - working with CBT and mindfulness approaches. I find I get excellent results.

Stress and burnout -

Loss and bereavement


Trauma and PTSD

Adjustment issues

Eating disorders

Personal development

Work related issues including one to one coaching to help clients return to work


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a qualified and experienced Supervisor, Registered Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC and BACP Accredited Counsellor having completed a supervision course at Southampton University in 2001.

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Maggie Lawson

Maggie Lawson