I am a qualified and experienced Individual Member MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience.
My specialism is working with serious and life threatening illness, and other health issues; this also includes bereavement in addition to many other issues that might be being experienced.
Having been a Senior Accredited Member of BACP for many many years, I have recently returned to Private Practice after a 5 year break, during which time I chose to expand my knowledge and experience in the therapeutic field; I wished to pursue my continuing interest in the way that physical health appears to have an impact on human psychological experience.
How I work
I work collaboratively with all my clients, facilitating great opportunity to explore a wide range of emotional experiences, respecting my clients' right to autonomy within the counselling relationship.
I offer a safe authentic, non-judgmental and empathic experience within the counselling relationship; many of my clients have sought help when they have felt that it has seemed impossible to see a way forward. Often they have found that by discussing their issues, they have gained insight into how they can solve their problems. My intention is to help you look at your issues, from different angles, which can lead to a greater understanding of your own process. I can provide a safe and non judgmental space in which you can feel 'heard' and accepted by me.
I offer counselling to individuals and couples.
Living with serious and life-threatening illness
Just as illness affects your physical health, it can bring up a wide range of feelings that you may be unaccustomed to dealing with. It can also make existing feelings feel more intense. They may change daily, hourly, or even minute to minute. These emotions may be occurring whether you are currently in treatment, finished treatment…or possibly you are a friend or family member.
Often the values you grew up with can affect the way you cope with your illness, in particular cancer, which can sometimes have a particular social stigma attached to it. You may, for example:
- Feel that you have to be ‘strong’ to protect friends and family
- You may want to seek support and turn to loved ones, but have concerns about upsetting them
You may be feeling:
- In denial
- Feel angry
- Sad and depressed
My experience enables me to listen and ‘hear’ you in order to be able to support you, by working with your fears and difficulties together we can out the best coping strategies that you feel will work for YOU.
If you or someone close to you has been given a diagnosis of serious illness, you may be experiencing many frightening and confusing feelings, I offer understanding in a way others close to you might find difficult - as a trained and experienced counsellor I can offer you the time, space and safety to explore the complex range of emotions that you may be experiencing, by listening and supporting you.
Amongst the many difficulties and emotions that you may be experiencing:
- Shocked by the diagnosis
- Feel that you have to be 'strong' and protect your friends and family
- You may want to ask for professional help but are doubtful as to how this would help.
- fear of living with uncertainty
I have provided regular training workshops for counsellors & psychotherapists in this specialist field of work. I have undergone specialist training with The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in Working with Families with Physical Illness, using a Systemic Approach. I have a great deal of experience in working with clients who suffer with Migraines & Headaches, also those with chronic pain &Trauma.
I work in Private Practice and supervise both qualified and trainee counsellors. I work with groups, and have worked in an agency where I provided Managerial supervision. I have experience within the NHS and have worked as a counsellor in G.P surgeries, Domestic Violence, School counselling ,youth counselling agencies, and have been staff Team Facilitator in a Hospice.
I have experience of being an an affiliate counsellor for Employee Assistant Programmes, also for a company that provides Psychological Management and Rehabilitation. I have also provided training and Supervision for a youth counselling agency, also Seminar provision for Oncologists and G.Ps at Cygnet Hospital in Harrow Middlesex.
In addition to all of the above, I have provided senior managerial supervision for a Hospice.
I find that many people are experiencing counselling as a useful way of working through issues around stress, anxiety and depression, including bereavement issues. I also find that a greater number of people are looking to counselling for personal development and change to their lives.
Testimonials (with kind permission and gratitude)
“I came in with issues, and got to the fundamental level of who I really am.. all things in life are made up of who you really are.. If someone reads this, and can relate to what I’m saying, that would be a wonderful thing. Don’t be scared of therapy!”
“We would highly recommend Marion. Whilst counselling, Marion has allowed our sessions to be lead by us at our own pace. What we have gained is understanding of ourselves and each other which has had a positive effect in all aspects of our lives…”
My intention is to work with you in order to help you find a way forward in your life, and to achieve the changes you want to make.
I also provide counselling supervision for both qualified counsellors, and student counsellors.
I have featured in radio interviews about therapeutic counselling and how it can help when dealing with serious illness. You can listen to the interviews on SoundCloud.
Please do get in touch for an initial conversation free of charge, to discuss how counselling can help you with your difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate & Diploma in Counselling (Middlesex University) Cert. Supervision; Cert Couple Counselling; Certificate in Brief therapy; Training in Group Facilitation; Certificate in CBT. Specialist training in Cancer Counselling.
Fully Qualified EMDR Practitioner & Integrated EMDR for the treatment of Migraines & Headaches, chronic pain & Trauma. Specialist training in Working with Families with Physical Illness in a Systemic Way (Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust.
I have run support groups and CPD Training and Workshops ( Working with Cancer and other Life-Threatening Illness) at The Albany Centre in St Albans see www.thealbanycentre.com
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have undergone specialist training with The Cancer Counselling Trust, however I work with all issues around health and illness, including life-threatening illness. I offer a range of counselling, psychotherapy, consulting and other supportive services to individuals, couples and groups in private, business and various organisational settings.
£60.00 per session
Couples: £70 per 1 hour session £90 per 1.5 hrs.
Supervision : £90 per 1.5 hrs or £60 per 1 hour
I see clients during the day, some evenings and occasional Saturdays
My Private Practice is conveniently located in Northwood Middlesex HA6, easily accessible from Rickmansworth, Watford, Chorleywood and Bushey in Hertfordshire, Stanmore, Harrow, Pinner, Ruislip in Middlesex; the area has ample parking.
When the Covid-19 situation stabilises I will resume face to face appointments, for those who would prefer that.
I am currently offering Online counselling via Zoom or Telephone . I see clients during the day, some evenings and occasional weekends.