Mari Winkelman - Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Welcome, I know that it's a difficult thing sometimes to contact a stranger and ask for help. I hope that reading my profile will give you a sense of how I work, and additionally, I offer an initial free 20 minute phone consultation with the aim of helping you take the next step toward the help you need.
I'm an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor and have trained in integrative body and movement therapy. You may realise that your mind, body and health are interconnected so whatever is making life hard for you will affect you in all these areas. My approach to therapy meets you where you are, so some people need to talk and others need to move. Feeling heard and seen is the starting point for people to build trust, so this is my focus early on in the work. I encourage you to take up my free consultation phone call, when we can discuss what you need and how I could help.
My clients bring many different challenging and painful issues to work with: anxiety; depression; grief; early life trauma which has shaped how they feel and see themselves in the world; challenges around sexuality and sexual identity; addictive behaviour and thoughts; eating issues; chronic health problems, abuse; feeling marginalised; bullying; relationship issues; work-related stresses; bereavement; 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 approach is client-centred which means I respond to and respect you exactly as you are, aiming to witness and facilitate your full expression of yourself. I offer ways to include your body in the way we work, which depends a lot on what supports you and what can develop your inner and outer resources as we work through challenges you bring.
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 gained a Post Grad diploma in psychosynthesis counselling in 2007 and a professional diploma in Integrative Body and Movement Therapy in 2016. In June 2018 I was accredited as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP).
My approach as a counsellor includes a 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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
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Types of client