Thank you for stopping at my page; if you have come to this site you are presumably experiencing some difficulties in your life and are wondering if counselling might be helpful. I will try and give you a brief overview of who I am and what I offer. However, if this feels impersonal or you have specific queries please feel free to give me a ring for a brief, no obligation chat to give you the opportunity to assess whether you feel I am the right person to help.
My name is Maire (it’s Irish and pronounced “Moya”). Earlier in my life I worked in the theatrical profession as a dancer and actress, moving on to run a dance/stage school for 23 years and bringing up my own two children. Later circumstances stimulated my interest in relationships and people, leading me to train and qualify as a relationship counsellor and psychosexual therapist. In addition to couples counselling I work with individuals experiencing personal problems such as panic and anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence issues, depression and bereavement. I am aware of recent research into "Highly Sensitive People" and have a particular interest in this field with many of my clients falling into this category. I also work as a parenting consultant, giving help and support to parents and carers who are experiencing difficulties with their children.
Wherever possible I aim to offer an initial appointment within 3 days of initial enquiry. I work from my home in a small village between Bristol and Bath, approximately 9 miles from the Cathedral City of Wells in Somerset and I provide a flexible appointments system in order to meet individual needs, with no surcharge for evenings or weekends.
Training, qualifications & experience
I initially trained and qualified with Relate, working for them as a counsellor, psychosexual therapist and trainer for 10 years. During this time I worked extensively in schools and colleges throughout Bristol and Somerset delivering courses to students, teachers and parents. I have been in private practice since 2000 and am a regular contributor to local radio, speaking on issues surrounding parenting, relationships, communication etc.
- Cert CC (Relate)
- Diploma PST (Relate)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Miscarriage and pregnancy loss.
Parenting - all issues relating to parents/carers and children
Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)
£45 per hour session.
Telephone, email and extended sessions also available where appropriate, prices on request.
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