Marcia Holloway

Marcia Holloway



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About me

My Counselling Practice is based in Romford, Essex RM7 9LT which is accessible from the A12, M25/M11 /A128, from Romford Station, on the 86 Bus there is also free parking at the practice.

What is Counselling:

Counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal problems with a counselor. The counselor helps you to address and find a solution to your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness.
I am a Person-Centred Counsellor, but also work in an integrative way, by this I mean I will combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit your individual needs.

About Me:

I’ve been a Counsellor for the past Nineteen Years’ and in that time, I have been dedicated to helping people through the Counselling Process to living life with a positive outlook, to develop and grow emotionally and to become the best version of themselves.

I believe that we are all uniquely different and our perspectives, expectations, and needs are also unique. As a Counsellor, I respect these differences and I am open to working with my clients to find a solution to their problem. The client and Counsellor relationship must be based on open and honest dialogue if the working partnership is to work well.

My aim is to support my clients to gain a different perspective on their personal circumstances. I strongly believe that this can be achieved with empathy, respects, and acceptance of the individual and the presenting problems. I am here to walk beside my clients as a guide to help them to unlock the answers inside.

Tailored sessions that fit your needs:

Our first session will be an initial face to face meeting or alternatively a telephone assessment. We will discuss your concerns and reasons for wanting to start counselling.

Therapy should be a positive experience and our first meeting is purely to ensure that we can work together, should we mutually agreed that we are not able to work together, I will do my best to recommend another Counsellor for you. If we agree to work together, we will decide a convenient time and date to begin your Counselling Sessions.

What makes me different from other counsellors:

I have specialist knowledge and experience of working with Substance and Alcohol Addiction and other forms of addictive behaviors, I also have links to Residential Treatment and can make this transition a comfortable and stress-free experience.

• I offer a safe, confidential independent assessment.
• Should you or a family member require more specific intervention with a problem relating to drugs or alcohol addiction, I can offer an assessment to identify and arrange Residential Rehabilitation Treatment with a registered and recognised treatment provider.
• If residential treatment is not an option, I am able to recommend alternative treatment services, I am able to support you to identify the most suitable alternative treatment options.
• I offer a block of 12 open-ended Counselling Sessions as well as aftercare support.
• I also support couples therapy and Family Mediation, I am happy to meet independently or together before the sessions begin to ensure that we are all able to work together, productively to address these issues in a constructive, objective and non-judgmental and timely manner.

What to expect from Counselling?

During your counselling sessions, you will have a safe space to express your feelings. You will be free to express your concerns with me, and by doing so I can help you gain a better understanding of how your thoughts and feelings and the situation is affecting your life. The counselling processes, well help you to identify ways to find your own solutions to the problems.It can be emotionally liberating to share your worries and fears with another person who acknowledges your thoughts and feelings.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified in the management of drug and alcohol misuse, achieving Drug Management Certificate from the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Diploma in Person-Centered Counseling (BAC registered with )

I am a Person-Centred Counsellor, but also work in an integrative way, by this I mean I will combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit your individual needs.

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Please see the list of areas of counseling.


Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselling

Family and Couples Counselling




Fees start from £45.00 per-session for one to one counselling and £50:00 per session for couples counselling.

Further information

“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me”
Carl R. Rogers.

What inspired me to become a Counsellor:

I was born into a very large family of ten, my place in this world of siblings is number nine.

My mother was a full-time mother who also managed a business and a husband who struggled with alcohol issues. My father was a functioning alcoholic and it would take many years before I would gain an understating of what that truly meant.

My father had many sides to his character, he was a warm, generous, funny, giving, friendly and a hardworking man, but most importantly he was a father and a husband.

When he drank, he became the other person, whom I will describe as sad, angry and silent with a sad faraway look in his eyes.

When I became an adult, I had a deeper desire to understand my father and so I set out on my own journey of discovery, with one question always at the forefront of my mind, (WHY). Why was my father not able to stop his self-destructive behavior? Why was he unable to make the changes that he needed to make, in order to save his life.

My journey began through my training as a counsellor and this led me, not only to a better understanding of the person he was, but I also gained an understanding of myself and the influence and impact that the past can have on once present.  But, most importantly, I began to understand that the past does not have to define who I am and who I could be, my choices and my future.

Maps & Directions

Romford, RM7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Access to free parking Access from Romford Station. Links from A12, M25, M11 and A128


I am available Monday to Thursday evening 6:pm to 8pm and all Friday day 9:30 to 8pm Weekends Saturdays 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme