Maggie Murray Counselling/Psychotherapist RegMBACP (Accred)
Compassion Focused Counsellor/Psychotherapist
**Important Update - Online Therapy Only until further notice due to the Coronavirus restrictions**
Walk and Talk Counselling Coming Soon - contact me for more information.
Counselling offers you an opportunity to bring closer attention to your current ways of thinking, behaving and responding to others, your life experience and your own needs.
Participating in a counselling process takes 3 steps;
1. Courage - to be vulnerable, to be open, and accepting of what is going on right now.
2. Change - through exploration and self-awareness, development and growth will occur. Focus on gratitude as it is fundamentally important to a person's wellbeing as is feeling appreciation, rather than the need to feel happy all the time or striving for perfection which can not realistically be maintained.
You will have the opportunity to take responsibility for what doesn't feel right and find new ways to be more compassionate towards yourself and others to improve your mental wellbeing.
3. Continue - throughout the counselling process you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and be on a new pathway to focusing your attention on living your life with a more contentment and alleviating distress.
My focus and promise to you is to be on that pathway with you as you develop the skills, knowledge and self-awareness through our discoveries and explorations together. I support my clients from a compassionate and mindful perspective.
Counselling takes commitment from both the client and counsellor as the therapeutic relationship is paramount for you to feel safe, held and supported throughout the counselling process.
Who do I offer Counselling too?
Adults 18 +
Training, qualifications & experience
As a registered and accredited member of the BACP, I work ethically within the standards of the Professional body as a competent private practice counsellor continuing clinical supervision and professional development attending courses, workshops, events and research. I was awarded a level of Distinction completing my Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling.
I have worked within schools, Lincolnshire Counselling Service, YMCA, Lincolnshire County Council, and now in Private Practice. Many of my referrals come from word of mouth through my previous clients, other colleagues a few GP's and some EAP organisations.
From personal experience, I can empathise that engaging in a counselling process is a personal journey of exploration and self-discoveries.
You may experience a sense of anxious or overwhelming feelings as you release deep emotions during the counselling process as you find your way of improving your mental health and well-being. I am here to support you through this process with empathy, encouragement, compassion and acceptance!
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
Specialising in Compassion;
Why do we need compassion?
Because life can be incredibly complex and challenging at times leaving us feeling out of control, uncertain or overwhelmed.
Living in the here and now from a more mindful approach to experiencing life with a calmer mind and compassionate focus towards our self and others will alleviate distress and tricky situations.
Understanding the three-system emotion regulation model gives us a clearer picture of how we can balance our emotions more effectively, shifting away from feeling out of control or overwhelmed which could bring us anxiety, stress, pain or suffering.
We can step back, pause, breathe, process and reflect.
It is not our fault what genes we were given, how our early life experiences evolved. If we feel limited by inner resources we have developed from learnt behaviours developed through family generations, however with our creative and curious new brains we can take responsibility for how we act now, how we choose to continue to develop and grow as our adult selves.
Impacts our responses
When we look at what is happening in our lives right now there is so much pain and suffering occurring. This can impact on our own mental health and capacity to be resilient from all we are observing, hearing or experiencing. The consequences of this can be the difficulties in maintain healthy responses in our behaviours, communication and interactions internally and towards others.
Developing a compassionate mind requires a focus on wisdom, understanding that evolution has built our human bodies with the capacity to feel physical pain and our minds have signals wired to look out for potential dangers. Therefore, this evolution of processing and feeling has left us experiencing ‘tricky brains.’ Compassion is recognising the pain and suffering within yourself and or others and the desire of take steps to alleviate the suffering.
Threat is felt in our body
What we can do to alleviate the pain and suffering is to take responsibility of making healthy choices for ourselves now?
The more orient our attention is to continuing feeling compassion for others, our self and from others the safer we will feel within our soothing system where we experience caring, kindness, calmness and safety. Our gentle internal dialogue of how we talk to ourselves is also paramount. Come and learn more....
**Please Note there are Changes to Venue, Fees and Availability as I am only currently offering Online Therapy**
Please contact me for further details of my current practice.
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a consultation session where we can share up to an hour to explore the possibilities of us engaging in a counselling process together.
Continued sessions will last up to 50 minutes on a weekly basis or as agreed at our consultation session.
£45.00 per session for adult clients. Reduced fees can be discussed for people affected by the Coronavirus.
I am currently working online from my home.
Returning to face to face work I am located in the South Park area of Lincoln.
I am working towards offering Walk and Talk counselling sessions.
Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Fridays.
Its never too late to make health changes within the way you communicate, respond and interact with others and talk to yourself.
Be courageous, be compassionate, be curious and be accepting. Your Mental Health Matters.
Concessions offered for
I work collaboratively with the team of counsellors and psychotherapists at Affordable Therapy Concepts. I continue to support clients through, EAP's and self referrals within my private counselling practice.
Thank you for taking the time to read my page and I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you may have to see if I am the right counsellor for you.