About me

Anxiety? Depression? Whatever has brought you here I can help you get to the root of your distress and find ways to really change things from the bottom up...."We are looking at the foundations.....as essential as the foundations of a house, and as invisible when all is well" - (H Krystal).......

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist I work with either short-term or open-ended.  Getting to the root of symptoms like anxiety or depression and processing them helps how you feel.  Sometimes you know what is causing unhappiness, but more often it is a general sense that has never been understood, it just 'is'.  Unresolved issues play out it unhelpful ways in daily life.  We work together to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself so that you leave counselling with a stronger capacity to manage distress in the future.  I have a private practice and also and work with NHS patients.  I provide counselling/psychotherapy either over Zoom, by phone.  I am now seeing people face-to-face in my room near Hemel Hempstead, (Redbourn end).  Just call or email and we can talk.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression, (PCE-CfD) (February 2019). University of Nottingham, (NICE / NHS License).

NAPAC qualified. Trauma-Informed Therapist.  Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect.

NHS Psychotherapist

Private Practice

Advanced Level Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

Works in Clinical practice with The Counselling Foundation (BACP Accred.) Charity.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Qualified in childhood Trauma-Informed Therapy: Trauma in adults resulting from emotional, sexual and physical abuse and neglect in childhood.

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Initial consultation; £50

Fifty Minute Weekly Counselling; £50.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Although my availability changes things, I work Monday to Thursday 9am-7pm.

Further information

After you contact me I will agree an initial consultation with you.  There is no commitment at this point.  Whatever is going on for you that brings you to seek counselling you have taken the first step.  I work with people with problems of all sorts.  Yours are unique, so I need to get to know you and together we can discover what lies beneath.  Awareness changes lives.  These are some of the things I can help with:

  • Relationships of all kinds
  • Childhood abuse or neglect.
  • Trauma.
  • Bereavement/Grief, redundancy. Loss.
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family life; coming to terms with a child's behavioural problems, medical diagnosis or educational label.
  • Ill health or disability.

Whatever the 'problem', we work together to build strength and resilience.

Hemel Hempstead

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

If mobility or location are concerns, we can work together online or by phone.

Maria Bradley

Maria Bradley