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About me

Hello and welcome to The Beech Practice!

Are you struggling with sleeping difficulties, concentration problems, anxiety, depression, nightmares, feeling weary or teary? Have you experienced loss, trauma, or maybe you don't quite know why you feel the way you do? It doesn't have to be like that.

With 13+ years experience I provide counselling and safe trauma therapy 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's Ethical Framework,(British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am an MBACP Accredited member, as well as a NCS Accredited Member (National Counselling Society).

I am experienced and trained in providing one-to-one integrative 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 to experienced qualified counsellors. I am a Clinical Lead for a London-based charity, and coordinate a Therapeutic Service for young people who have experienced extensive and complex trauma.

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.

With the current lock down in place, all sessions right now take place over the phone, online or through messaging. 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.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are:

  • 2022 - EMDR - To be started
  • 2021 - Post-Graduate Certificate Clinical Supervision - Ongoing
  • 2021 - Advanced Diploma Trauma Treatment of Complex PTSD - Ongoing
  • 2021 - Diploma Gambling Counselling, with distinction
  • 2020 - Certified Cyber Therapy - Young People & Adults
  • 2019 - Advanced Diploma Psychotherapy
  • 2018 - Certificate Counselling Supervision
  • 2018 - Practitioners Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • 2017 - Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • 2009 - BSc (Hons) Degree Social Work, Considered Dutch equivalent of a  Degree Counselling
  • 2006 - BSc Degree in Teaching

Aside from qualifications, I have completed much Continual Professional Development Courses (CPD), which includes:

- Infant and Pregnancy Loss Training (accredited by the Foundation for Infant and Pregnancy Loss)

- Working practically with Dissociation

- Body awareness in Psychotherapy

- Somatic Psychology as integrated into Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment

I specialize in working with any form of trauma, including domestic abuse, sexual abuse (including CSA/ CSE), car accidents, traumatic bereavements, complex PTSD, dissociation difficulties (including Dissociative Identity Disorder), FGM, 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 worked for 4 years 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 person, a job, marriage, contact with family, house or a pet. If you feel you are struggling, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

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

Trauma-Focused Therapy

Online Counselling

Telephone Counselling

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

One-to-one counselling and Trauma Therapy:

If you live in the boroughs of Southend, Rochford, or Castlepoint, you can access one-to-one counselling and trauma therapy for the discounted rate of £50 for a 50-minute session. There are further discounted rates available for students and people facing financial difficulties.

If you live in any other part of the United Kingdom (including London, Birmingham and Newcastle), or any other part of the world (including the Netherlands and Belgium), the rates of counselling are £65 for a one-to-one session, and £45 for the discounted rate for students and people struggling financially.

One-to-one Clinical Supervision:

* Qualified counsellor/ therapist:   £70 for 1.5 hours, £50 for 1 hour

* Student counsellor/ therapist:    £50 for 1.5 hours, £40 for 1 hour

Both one-to-one counselling/therapy and supervision is now also possible through telephone/online sessions.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available on: Mondays between 8am - 8pm Thursdays between 3pm - 6pm Fridays between 8am - 6pm

Further information

If you would like a bit more information about how telephone, online or messaging counselling works, please send me a message. We can talk about whether this might be a better (temporary?) solution and option for you.

40 Weir Pond Road
Rochford
Essex
SS4 1AH

4 Weston Chambers
Weston Road
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS1 1AU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

40 Weir Pond Road - Rochford has a ground floor room available, so no stair case is needed. It does not however have disabled access.

Additional languages

Dutch/ Nederlands

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Clinical Supervision for student and qualified counsellors/ therapist, using Hawkins' & Shohet's model. A safe space to explore your practice.

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Maaike Beech, MBACP & NCS Accred., Trauma Specialist, Clinical Lead & Supervisor

Maaike Beech, MBACP & NCS Accred., Trauma Specialist, Clinical Lead & Supervisor