Madeline Saint - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling, Dip Counselling, MBACP.
I believe that by opening up and talking to someone outside of your situation can make you feel a sense of relief and enable you to be truly honest with yourself about your feelings and wishes.
I follow confidentiality rules which help to build trust in our therapeutic relationship. I would like you to feel that you’re being listened to and understood which in turn, will help to create a safe environment for you to speak freely in. Counselling is a chance for you to explore and learn more about yourself whilst having me alongside you for the journey.
How I Work
I work in a person centred way which means that it is up to you as the client to bring and discuss whatever topics you would like and we can work through these together. You know yourself the best and you will have your own goals and aims that you want to work on which I will happily support you with. I am also happy to adapt the counselling sessions to meet your needs by finding out how counselling will work best for you and implementing it together.
There is no right or wrong reason for seeking support from counselling and no two people experience life events in the same way. I treat my clients with individuality and keep in mind that everyone’s experiences are unique to them.
I am a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a fully qualified counsellor.
In the past I worked on a mental health ward in London for two years where I worked closely with people suffering from a range of different types of mental illness. This gave me a great experience of dealing with people who were in crisis and at their rock bottom.
From the wards I went and worked for the NHS in a Community Mental Health Recovery Team (CMHRS) for four years. Here I helped to support families who were impacted by a loved one’s mental health by giving them sessions and space to offload about how they were coping with everything that was impacting on them as a carer. I also offered counselling to individuals who were suffering with their own mental health problems as well. This ranged from depression and anxiety to bipolar and personality disorders. I had one client tell me I had saved his life, this I will never forget. I learnt a lot working in this team and I take what I learned forward with me.
I now work to support teenagers who are about to leave the foster care system where I help them to adjust into living independently and building the best life they can for themselves. With this type of work there is a lot around self-esteem and confidence building. It gives them the support that many of them didn’t have growing up which hopefully can impact in a positive way on their future.
I love working with people from different backgrounds to help support them and to help them realise they have the answers to their problems; it’s just about unlocking these.
Training, qualifications & experience
- NCFE Level 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BSc Hons Degree in Psychology and Counselling
- Suicide Prevention Training
- Risk Management Training
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
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
I offer an initial session to new clients to give us chance to get to know each other and see if we can work well together. There is no obligation for you to return for more sessions with me if you don’t want to. For this first session I charge £15 for 30 minutes.
If you would like to return for more sessions with me after this, I charge £50 for 50 minutes.
If you are a student or on reduced income please discuss this with me during our initial session and we can talk about costings.
I am available for sessions in the evenings on weekdays and any time on Saturdays and Sundays. Please let me know which days suit you best.
During this current crisis, I am continuing with sessions and doing them via Skype or FaceTime. Please don’t think that what is happening in the world means you can’t get support.