About me

Hello, and welcome to my page.

My name is Maggie and I have been a practising counsellor since graduating in 2010.  I have vast experience of working in addictions, having worked in treatment centres and currently with clients exploring their use of alcohol in private practice. I understand how difficult life can be when you find it difficult to sleep, feel overwhelmed and just experience feeling generally low in mood which for you, ultimately results in using alcohol to solve the problems.

Anxiety or depression makes it difficult to focus and concentrate on normal day to day things, this is where you might find alcohol helps to blot out your feelings and promotes a sense of numbness to all that you are experiencing. Now that you recognise or, question whether your drinking is in fact a problem, you are in the right place to explore your relationship with alcohol. Counselling is the very space where you can talk about what is going on and begin to make sense of it all.

You may already find yourself trying to use all tricks and techniques from blocking out your feelings to completely shutting off from others. It may also be possible you find yourself having one or two more drinks in the evening or during the day when normally you wouldn't, but it's just to numb the feelings.  The people close to you are probably trying to offer a little support but it can be difficult to share what's going on when you don't fully understand it yourself.

Talking things over with a trained and qualified counsellor can be helpful in understanding our world and the world around us. I am here to help you.

We all experience life differently and most will try to manage their problems on their own because that is the what they've always been told to do, to just get on with it. The belief may be that your problems aren't that bad, that you shouldn't make a fuss. These kind of internalised messages can lead to confusion and conflict when we are already at a difficult place.

Sometimes, people sadly turn to drink or drugs, others put on a facade that all is fine, and regardless of how you are coping,  you may feel isolated and shut off because you don't want to burden others or feel that others just won't get it.

We all employ different coping mechanisms and do the best we can until we get to a point where we just can't do it alone any longer and this is when counselling can be helpful in offering you a safe and confidential space.

I will provide you with an empathic understanding allowing you the opportunity to work through the thoughts and feelings that are troubling you most without feeling judged, a place where you can unravel and make sense of your world.

If you feel ready to start exploring your world and need a safe space to talk and think things through then, please call or email me, I can help you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Integrative Counselling - University of Roehampton
  • Counselling Skills and Theory - Guildford college
  • Understanding Substance Misuse - CPCAB

Continued Professional Development

  • Safeguarding
  • Group Therapy
  • 12 Step Programme delivery
  • Working with Addictions
  • Working with Attachment
  • HIV Awareness
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Responding to Complex Needs
  • DBT
  • Complex Trauma and PTSD

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm

Further information

Whilst currently working online, I am also conveniently based in both Woking and Guildford with easy access by, car bus or train.

Woking
Surrey
GU21

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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Margaret King

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