Mari Winkelman

Mari Winkelman


07932 440827

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07932 440827

About me

It can be daunting to approach a new counsellor when you feel vulnerable. It's so important to find someone you can feel comfortable enough to open up to, so I offer a free 20 minute phone call so you can get a feel for me and my approach and I can also sense whether I am the right person to meet your needs.

I work with Adults from all walks of life who have often reached the point where they've tried everything they can to deal with their problems, and/or have felt overwhelmed by them. I recognise that feeling heard and seen is the starting point. I aim to build trust and empower my clients early on in the work, and often, people recognise after a few sessions whether they are looking for a shorter or longer term support.

My clients bring many different challenging and painful issues to work with: challenges around sexuality and sexual identity, addictive behaviour and thoughts, eating issues, abuse, feeling marginalised, bullying, relationship issues, work-related stresses, bereavement, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, suicidal feelings and thoughts to name a few. Clients also bring existential quandaries and questions like 'what is my reason for being alive?' and 'how do I find my purpose in life?'

My integrative approach to counselling places the relationship we build together as therapist and client as the foundation for transformative therapeutic work. My experience seems to show that whatever symptoms and problems people feel to be making life unmanageable, the pain is trying to point them in the direction of health, balance and fuller expression of their truest selves. I support my clients to explore the nature of their thoughts, emotions, body awareness and awareness of the 'bigger picture', or spirituality and whatever that means for the individual. I aim to support and resource my clients toward greater self-acceptance and deeper relationship with themselves, the result being that they become more at peace and confident in life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in psychosynthesis counselling in 2007 and followed this up with a six month skills training in CBT and mindfulness. I worked in private practice and the NHS for a few years before taking a break to train in Integrative Body and Movement Therapy from 2010-2015.

In 2016 I've returned to work as a counsellor with this wealth of embodied knowledge and experience, and I offer counselling as a distinct and effective way to meet people who want to talk, who may feel ready to engage in body-based mindfulness and to better understand any body-related issues, and who want to feel heard and seen in a holistic way. I facilitate mindfulness practices when these could help you. I receive regular clinical supervision, undertake continuing professional development training and I am working toward accreditation. Alongside my counselling practice, I continue to work as a body and movement therapist with people with chronic health conditions and embodied pain.

I've been working in support roles for 18 years, including time at Samaritans, in drugs and alcohol support services, as a counsellor in higher education, the NHS and the voluntary sector - particularly with people of diverse sexual identities - and in private practice.

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My hourly fee is £50. I do offer a free initial phone consultation of up to 20 minutes which we can arrange at a mutually convenient time by email or phone, and once we agree this, I ask that you call me.

I have a cancellation policy which I explain when we begin work together.

Maps & Directions

Stroud, GL5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Older adults