Margaret Meyer MA, Dip THP, HPD, PG Dip Gestalt Counselling, MBACP
Welcome to my counselling service, Margaret Meyer Therapy. You may have been considering counselling for some time or you may be at a crisis point in your life. Whatever has prompted your visit today, I can assure you of my professional approach in every aspect of our counselling relationship.
I am an experienced and qualified therapeutic counsellor. Please read on for information about how I work and my experience. As well, I invite you to click on the link (above) to my website, which offers more information and resources.
- I offer specialised help for couples, family members or work partners experiencing relationship difficulties.
- I provide time-limited, short and long-term work for depression, bereavement, personality issues, stresses arising from major life change, anxiety and loss, including the loss of a relationship or a professional identity.
- I offer specialised support for older people adjusting to the opportunities and challenges of this life-stage.
Counselling and therapy are about working with a professional who is qualified and experienced to provide you with a safe and supportive space where you can talk through what is troubling you. I provide safe, confidential and expert services for people seeking therapy and counselling, couples counselling, child and adolescent therapy, as well as those interested in mindfulness and relaxation..
My approach is integrative (drawing on several different counselling modalities) and is firmly based on the relationship between the client and the counsellor. I have no stake in your decisions, no judgements, and no fixed opinions on how you should lead your life. My role is to support you and your emotional and mental processes, remaining open, non-judgmental, empathic and genuine at all times.
I have particular skill and interest in working creatively, for example using found objects, drawing, poems and song lyrics as part of the therapeutic process. I am an experienced therapeutic writing facilitator, able to offer this approach to individuals (on request) and groups. A growing body of research is showing that ‘expressive writing’ and 'reading for wellbeing' can be highly effective approaches for people with longstanding conditions, including depression, chronic pain and anxiety.
My previous experience includes work with children in school and with a young person's counselling charity; also working as a bibliotherapist with male offenders in the prison service and more recently, with people recovering from addiction. Before training as a therapist I had a successful career in publishing and international cultural relations. My work brought me into contact with people at all levels of business, across many countries, doing very different roles sometimes in extremely challenging environments. To be effective in my work, I had to learn how to listen without judgement, observe with an open mind, and form supportive, respectful relationships. All of these qualities I bring to my work as a therapist.
In our sessions you will find a space to talk openly, giving you the opportunity to express any thoughts, feelings or fears. My guarantee to you is that I will work with you and assist you in exploring and understanding issues, whether you are in crisis or whether you are grappling with a longer term, deeply embedded psychological problem. I will help you to become more aware of your own coping abilities which in time will give you the confidence to deal with both present and future situations or minimise their effect, allowing you to live a more satisfying life.
You are unique in your life and I will respond to you in the same way, offering not only my experience and qualifications (as a benchark of an ethical therapist), but also my belief in how therapy can help you to make changes or come to terms with situations in your life. If you feel that you can trust me, and are ready to work with me, our alliance will be a success.
A range of psychological problem
I work with people who are facing difficult life experiences including addictions and substance abuse, stress, low self-confidence or self-esteem, as well as those who are coping with bereavement and loss, relationship difficulties, family problems, and work-related stress or confidence issues.
- Couples counselling
- Family issues
- Relationship issues
- Work-related stress
- Low self-confidence
Couples & relationships
I support couples who are experiencing some of the many challenges that can occur in life. Becoming a couple is easy; keeping the love and trust alive over months and years is, for most people, much more challenging. Very commonly, couples experience conflict during times of change or crisis – such as moving in together, financial pressures, illness, having a child or children leaving home, a career change, or dealing with the aftermath of an affair. Couples who have been together for a long time often experience times when communication is the issue; your communication has become stale, mundane and lacks meaning. This is when couples counselling can provide real support, because it provides a space for you to review your relationship, deal with difficult feelings - especially anger and loss - and to hear each other in fresh ways.
My practice is based in a friendly environment in central Norwich and I work with clients across Norfolk.
I work mainly face-to-face, but also offer telephone, skype and email sessions when appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA, MA
- PG Diploma in Gestalt Counselling
- Child Play Therapy training (The Place2Be)
- PG Diploma in Therapeutic Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma
- Certificate in Groupwork
- Certificate in Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling
- Qualifications in Mindfulness
- Qualifications in creative writing for therapeutic purposes
My work in schools, the voluntary sector, the prison service and private practice has provided me with a broad experience of successfully counselling men, women and children, through both long and short-term therapy.
Like everyone I have experienced my own personal life challenges including the stress of management in both industry and self-employment, and the distress caused by relationship challenges. I am 100% committed to offering others the opportunity to explore their issues and be supported as you do so.
I chose to train in humanistic counselling because these approaches prioritise the client’s experience, and encourage people to experiment with fresh ways of thinking and behaving. I’m also an experienced Ericksonian hypnotherapist with additional qualifications in NLP and Clean Language. I have personally experienced the success of these approaches in treating confidence and stress.
My interest in therapeutic writing and reading has led to extensive training in these fields, with the Orchard Foundation and with Lapidus, the UK's organisation for writing for wellbeing.
As part of my training, I have undergone extensive long-term psychotherapy which I believe is essential to being a safe and effective therapist. I have first-hand knowledge of the difficult feelings that can be experienced, but I also have certain knowledge of how counselling and hypnotherapy can transform life.
I am guided by the BACP ethical framework, am fully insured for practice, hold a current enhanced DBS for my work with children and vulnerable adults, and undertake regular professional supervision and continued professional development.
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
FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING
In my private practice I work from a dedicated counselling room in inner Norwich. My practice room is situated in a discreet and quiet location, providing a safe and confidential environment for us to work in. The location is within easy reach of the city centre and the inner ring road, with convenient access by train or car. I will provide the address and directions for your first visit.
I offer a free first 30-minute consultation; this allows time for me to give you more information and answer any questions, and time for you to explore any issues you wish to bring to counselling. If you decide my approach is right for you and we agree to continue, we would arrange a time and day to meet for your next session. There is no obligation to book further sessions and you will be free to go away and think things over before committing yourself to future work.
I offer flexible appointments to meet client needs and have set my fees to reflect today’s economic climate:
- Appointments offered daytime, after school and some evenings
- Sessions are 55 minutes in total; this allows time for your arrival and settling in time, 50 minutes therapy and time to check out before leaving
- Payment at the end of each session by cash or cheque.
FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING FEES
- Consultation Session (30 mins approx) - Free of charge
- Full Sessions - £55
- Reduced fees are available for Trainee Counsellors.
Full details of my counselling service can be found on my website and include:
- My experience in people management, coaching and training enables me to offer a service tailored to your individual business
- Telephone, skype, email and counselling at other locations available
- In addition to online and telephone counselling, I also use skype.