Maaike Beech, MBACP Reg., Trauma Specialist, Clinical Lead & Supervisor
With the COVID-19 virus going round the United Kingdom right now, we live in scary times. Many feel anxious about their health, their loved ones, their work or finances. All of us are restricted to stay home for hours on end. Some may welcome this change. Others may greatly struggle.
If you are struggling, know that you can access telephone or online counselling. Rather than face-to-face sessions, we can now meet up in a different way. This ensures your safety, whilst still being able to work through everything that is going on for you right now.
It can be such a step to reach out for help, picking up the phone and start counselling or therapy. Sometimes it's difficult to know when to ask for help. I believe that no-one should have to struggle alone. I believe that there is always hope! Hope to recover, hope for feeling better, hope to get out of a place of feeling stuck. Whatever it is, or whatever you are going through, you don't have to do it alone.
With 12+ years experience I provide counselling and trauma therapy in a safe way for young people and adults who may be struggling. I find it important that we work in a pace that suits you, rather than going too quickly (or too slow). I work by the ethics of the BACP Ethical Framework, to ensure we are both safe.
I work with a wide variety of difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, self-esteem and work related stress. I am experienced and trained in providing one-to-one integrative counselling, relationship and family counselling, as well as trauma therapy. This includes working with Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Trauma-Focused CBT, the Rewind-Technique, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I also deliver a range of counselling training and supervision for trainee counsellors, as well as experienced qualified counsellors.
If you feel you are struggling, please don't hesitate to contact me. I believe it is very important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor or therapist. We can therefore use a first appointment to get to know each other better, and to spend some time figuring out how counselling or trauma therapy might be helpful for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2019 - Advanced Diploma Psychotherapy
- 2018 - Certificate Counselling Supervision
- 2018 - Practitioners Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- 2017 - Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
- 2009 - BSc (Hons) Degree Social Work, Dutch equivalent of Degree Counselling
- 2006 - BSc Degree in Teaching
I specialize in working with any form of trauma, including domestic abuse, sexual abuse (including CSA/ CSE), car accidents, traumatic bereavements, sudden illness, trafficking and torture. I am trained in the Rewind-Technique by Human Givens College. The Rewind-Technique is a gentle trauma-technique which allows you to process the traumatic memory whilst feeling safe and present.
I have also been trained in Trauma-Focused CBT by the Anna Freud Centre in London, which is a gentle way to increase a sense of safety, working to manage your post-trauma symptoms such as re-living, avoidance, hyper-arousal and negative views of yourself or the world. We can look at processing some of the feelings or traumatic experiences as well. Some people find that very helpful, for others it may not be necessary. The sessions will always be tailored to your wants and needs.
Aside from specializing in trauma, I also specialize in working with bereavement and loss. I work for a Hospice in Chelmsford, and have provided bereavement counselling through the years in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. A loss may include a loss of a job, marriage, contact with family, house or a pet. If you feel you are struggling, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* One-to-one counselling/ trauma therapy: £45 for a 50-minute session
There are discounted rates available for students and people facing financial difficulties.
This especially applies if you are struggling with finances due to restrictions around the COVID-19 virus. Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss alternative rates.
* Qualified counsellor: £65 for 1.5 hours
* Student counsellor: £35 for 1 hour, £45 for 1.5 hours
Both one-to-one counselling/therapy and supervision is now also possible through telephone/online counselling.
If you would like a bit more information about how telephone or online counselling works, please send me a message. We can talk about whether this might be a better (possible temporarily) solution and option for me.