Margaret Meyer MBACP, MA, Dip THP, PG Dip Gestalt Counselling, Schema Therapy
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 my experience, and how I work . 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 one-to-one therapy, as well as couples, colleagues and family members seeking relationship counselling.
My approach is integrative, which means that I draw on several different counselling styles in order to tailor my assistance to each client. My work 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 in an empathic and non-judgmental way.
Therapeutically I work with people experiencing difficulties with anger, anxiety, depression, dysfunctional coping strategies including drinking, over-working and self-harming, low self-esteem, extreme inner self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy or shame, trauma/PTSD and stress/burnout. These symptoms are often associated with the past and can be responses to neglect, abuse or traumatic experiences in childhood. Other people are seeking help with a crisis or challenge in the present, including loss and bereavement, abuse, bullying and domestic abuse; or with major life transitions such as becoming a parent, relationship crises including separation/divorce, and retirement. My aim is to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events, both on personal functioning and on key relationships.
Being fully qualified in a range of therapies means that I adapt and tailor therapy to meet your individual needs. I blend relational counselling with interventions that are evidence based and therefore proven to be significantly helpful to clients. My practice is principally informed by Schema Therapy, Gestalt psychotherapy, attachment and systems therapies. I have specialist qualifications in working with mindfulness and also creativity, for example using found objects, drawings, poems and song lyrics as part of the therapeutic process. A growing body of research shows that arts-based and creative approaches can be highly effective for people with longstanding conditions, including depression, chronic fatigue and pain, and anxiety.
I attend regular supervision and training workshops to keep my practice current for my clients.
My previous experience includes counselling in schools, addiction recovery centres and in prisons. 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 empathic, 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 and explore beliefs, feelings and fears. Whether you are in crisis or grappling with a longer term, deeply embedded psychological problem, I undertake to help you strengthen your self-compassion and your ability to cope and grow.
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 benchmark of an ethical therapist), but also a confidential, safe, calm and understanding space for you to explore your difficulties and learn new ways of being.
A range of psychological problems
I work with people who are facing difficult life experiences including anger, anxiety 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, losing a parent or uncovering traumatic family history, 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.
I work with clients across the UK and internationally. My practice room is based in a friendly environment in central Norwich and is easy to reach by car or public transport.
I work face-to-face and online, by phone, WhatsApp and Zoom sessions as requested.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA, MA
- PG Diploma in Gestalt Counselling
- Child Play Therapy training (The Place2Be)
- PG Diploma in Therapeutic Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma
- Certificates in Groupwork
- Certificate in Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling
- Qualifications in Mindfulness
- Qualifications in creative writing for therapeutic purposes
- Qualifications in Schema Therapy.
My work in schools, the voluntary sector, the prison service and private practice equips me with broad experience of successful counselling, 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 initially in humanistic counselling because this approach prioritises the client’s experience, promotes personal insight and self-compassion, and encourages people to experiment with fresh ways of thinking and behaving. I then gained further qualifications in relationship counselling. Couples counselling now takes up approximately 50% of my caseload. More recently I have completed extensive trainings in evidence-based therapies, principally Schema Therapy, which now forms the backbone of my approach.
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 therapeutic counselling can transform life.
I follow BACP's ethical framework, am fully insured for practice, hold a current enhanced DBS for my work with vulnerable adults, undertake regular clinical and peer supervision, and am committed to ongoing 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
From £55.00 to £75.00
FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING
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 low-cost initial consultations of 30 minutes for individuals (at £10) and 40 minutes for couples (£15). This gives us an opportunity to meet, talk through what help you are seeking, find out more about my approach and ask questions about it, and 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 50 minutes for individuals and 65 minutes for couples
- Payment at the end of each session by card, bank transfer or cash.
FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING FEES
- Low-cost initial Consultation Sessions available (30 mins for individuals; 40 minutes for couples)
- Individuals £55 (per 50-minute session)
- Couples £75 (per 65-minute session)
- Reduced fees are available for Students and Trainee Counsellors.
You don't have to go through difficult times on your own! Full details of my counselling service can be found on my website.
If you'd like to get in touch, the best way to contact me is to text or email. I undertake to respond as soon as I can, and within 48 hours.
Concessions offered for
Evening sessions after 6pm are offered by Zoom or WhatsApp only
- Appointments available in person and by phone, WhatsApp and Zoom.