Marie Austin Pg.Dip (Registered Practioner & Accredited Member of the BACP)
01727 824599 / 078 3547 1527
Hello thank you for looking at my details. This may be the first time you are considering therapy so it is quite understandable for you to wonder how I can help you and what to expect from the therapy. It may be that you are feeling anxious or depressed and currently unhappy with problems and difficulties in your personal or professional life. You may have recently suffered a trauma or a bereavement or difficulties from the past may have come back to trouble you now. If you are experiencing relationship difficulties within your professional life or personal life you will certainly benefit from counselling which will give you a better perspective on what is really happenning to you right now. Talking and exploring your feelings with someone who is professionally trained to listen will help you to calm the situation down and assist you in moving forward.
Life can throw many curve balls at us and sometimes we can find it hard to cope. Life changes and transitions like parenthood, new job, redundancy etc can sometimes turn out different to what we expect. However it could also just be a general feeling that something isnt quite right and you have feelings of anxiety or unease which are hard to define - its just that you wish to be happier and want to live a more fulfilled life.
I am a qualified Psychotherapist/Counsellor with many years of counselling experience. I can offer you a professional therapeutic service in a safe and confidential space. I work in a compassionate, warm and integrative manner which means I draw upon ideas and training from a number of different theoretical backgrounds. I have professional experience of working with numerous client issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, relationship problems, anger issues, bereavement, low self esteem, lack of confidence, stress, work related problems, addictive behaviours, a lack of direction, loss of way, family problems, abuse etc.
I qualified with a Post Graduate Degree in Therapeutic Counselling in 2002 from the University of Hertfordshire. As well as running a private practice I have worked within the public and private sector offering counselling to people with a wide and diverse range of problems and difficultiess. I have also studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Meditation Therapy and where necessary can incorporate these into our counselling sessions.
I have further interest in the study of Human Psychology and Existential psychotherapy which has more of a phillosophical base whereby we look at who we really are, what really matters and what we really want from our life. Counselling can help to explore these ideas and thoughts to bring you to a calmer and better place than you may be in right now.
My private practice is run from a residential setting which is easily accessible to London Colney, St Albans, Radlett, Shenley, Hatfield and surrounding villages but also North London due to its close proximity to the M25.
If you would like to contact me to arrange for counselling we will then arrange an initial meeting where we will discuss what is troubling you and to see if we can work therapeutically together. We can then either agree to meet for a fixed number of sessions, or we can work together in an open-ended way for as long as it benefits and feels right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited Membership of the British Association of Counsellors
and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
Member of the United Kingdoms Register of Counsellors (UKRC)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Skills University of Hertfordshire (1998-2002)
Post qualifying Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Institute of Counselling
Teacher Trainer Diploma in Stress Awareness & Self Empowerment Workshops (2008) Academy of Transpersonal Therapy, Herts
Tutor & Supervisor of Counselling Students - St Albans (2005)
'Counselling Adolescents' Training with the University of Hertfordshire (2005)
Certificate in Substance Misuse and Drug & Alcohol Awareness (2005)
Graduate of Mindfulness/Meditation training (2016)
On-going Associate Member of (EAP) Employers Assisted Programme offering counselling through the workplace for employees struggling with work related issues, relationship problems etc
On-going Continuous Professional Development Training(CPD) in a wide range of subjects to reinforce therapeutic skills including Mindfulness Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, Existential and Transactional Therapy and Relationship Counselling for Couples
I have also run and presented workshops in the community for well being, meditation and relaxation and enjoy meeting people from a variety of backgrounds and hearing their stories
I have Full Indemnity Insurance and I am CRB checked and updated bi-annually.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
anxiety problems, depression, loss, relationship problems, addictions, family issues,
workplace and employment difficulties etc
Personal therapy for student counsellors
Supervision for therapists and student counsellors
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
£45 per day time session
I adhere at all times to the strict guidelines and ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays to Friday limited evening availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have worked as a Counselling Tutor on a College Counselling Diploma course teaching and supervising counselling students.View supervision profile