Leigh On Sea
Thank you for reading my profile. I am Maria and live in Leigh on Sea. I bring more than 9 years’ experience in counselling children, adolescents and adults. I am also a qualified and practicing Supervisor. My counselling practice is based in Southend on Sea and is near to all public transport.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a Registered member of the BACP. I follow both Societies code of ethics. Through personal experience I understand how challenging and sometimes, difficult, it can be to take the first steps into finding a counsellor.
I offer you a safe, modern and welcoming environment in Central Southend. We will be within a professional, confidential and non judgemental space. Where I will work with you to help you find ways to live your life in a more fulfilling, happy way. Counselling will give you the opportunity to explore and understand past and present issues. Whilst allowing you the time, space and support to make positive change.
I work by focusing on the client and working collaboratively and sometimes creatively in a safe and confidential environment. Somewhere where you will be heard and listened to without being judged. Where desired change, clarity, or a different way forward can be explored. Thank you for looking at my profile.
I work in a Person Centred Humanistic way but will also use a variety of skills and techniques to aid us in moving forward. I combine techniques from the following approaches to counselling;
- CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
- When working with young children I also use thera-play (such as toys, arts and crafts, games) to aid the child in expressing themselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
At present I am a Part Time Sessional Tutor in Mental Health Recovery and have also taught Counselling and other linked courses. I have managed a charity in Grays where I was in charge of counsellors who went into schools to counsel children. I counsel children from the ages of 7 upwards, adolescents and adults. I have been qualified over 9 years and have been in Private Practice over 8 months. I specialise in Mental Health, Domestic Abuse/Violence and Children and Behaviour Issues, Bullying.
My placement training was at Southend Women's Aid, The Dove Project. Where I worked with children and women who had been involved in domestic violence.
I work in a Person Centred Humanistic way but will also use a variety of skills and techniques to aid us in moving forward. I combine techniques from the following approaches to counselling. Training was through workshops;
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
When working with young children I also use thera-play (such as toys, arts and crafts, games) to aid the child in expressing themselves.
- Level 3 Designated Safeguard Lead
- Diploma in CBT
- Certificate in Clinical Supervision
- Certificate in Child and Adolescent Behaviour
- Diploma Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Prepare to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
- Adv. Dipl. Humanistic Person-Centred Counselling
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling
- Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues for children refusing to attend school.
Same sex domestic violence and abuse.
Adults £40 per hour.
Students £30 per hour.
Adolescents age 11 - 16 £25 per hour.
Children Under 10 yrs £15 per hour.
£60 per hour and a half.
Students £45 per hour and a half.
I have adult teaching qualifications which enable me to run revision courses in Counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesdays 10am - 8pm Thursdays/Fridays 6 - 8pm Monday/Tuesday and Saturdays By Appointment
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a qualified Person Centred Supervisor based in Southend on Sea. As a qualified teacher in Adult Education I am able to help find courses for CPD and encourage further learning. I offer specialised rates for student counsellors (please see my profile).View supervision profile