Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) MBACP
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I offer face to face, telephone or online therapy sessions via secure video link.
We all feel stressed, anxious or have relationship issues at times, but you might have been feeling worse recently and need to talk to someone, in confidence and without judgment.
You may be subject to bullying, domestic violence, or any kind of physical or emotional abuse and would you like to share your worries and concerns.
Counselling can really change your life by giving you the opportunity to share your concerns with someone skilled at listening who can help you come to terms with emotions or other issues troubling your life.
My name is Maria, a fully qualified counsellor (BA Hons) and an Accredited practitioner (MBACP (Accred)) providing counselling and psychotherapy to young people (16 years+), individuals and couples on a variety of issues:
- panic attacks
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- low self-esteem
- rape or sexual abuse
- anger management
- manic depression
- bullying and domestic violence
- sexual orientation
- relationship counselling
- couple counselling
- affairs and betrayals
- separation and divorce
- bipolar disorders
- eating disorders
- toxic relationship counselling
I provide specialist support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse during their healing process and have specific experience working with young people age 16-24.
I offer a safe, calm and compassionate environment, where you and I talk freely without being judged or criticised.
I will help you to understand what is happening and why, explore and interpret the underlying causes.
Together we will examine ways to deal with the issues and move forward. It is a joint effort where we work to overcome your difficult times and achieve long term positive changes in your life.
In addition to my private practice, I am a member of The Eaves Counselling and Psychological Services in Surrey, I work as assessor at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Guildford and deliver short term solution focused counselling for the NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) department in Surrey.
I offer you:
- A passionate focus in helping you to achieve you best potential
- A realistic approach on searching for long term solutions whilst achieving measurable results as quickly as possible
- A supportive attitude where you and I work together in partnership to achieve change
- A commitment to using tools and therapeutic approaches tailored to suit your specific situations
- Flexible schedule, to fit your individual needs. Timing and locations of the therapy sessions will be agreed and can be adapted as your needs change
- An enthusiastic qualified therapist interested in continuous learning.
I can provide a flexible schedule, including evenings, in locations within very easy reach from the M3, A30 and A3, supporting the areas of North Hants, Fleet, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Yateley and surrounding areas, as well as Lightwater, Ascot, Sunningdale, Bagshot, Camberley, Frimley, Farnborough, Guildford, Godalming and surrounding Surrey areas.
Wheelchair access is available in Lightwater and Guildford.
You can contact me via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07816517913 to discuss your needs.
How I work
Transactional Analysis (Berne, 1910-1970) is the main theory supporting my therapeutic approach, “a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change” (Stewart & Joines, 1997).
TA is a talking therapy where sessions are used to explore your personality and how your experiences, especially in childhood, shaped it.
TA is recognised as a modern form of psychology that incorporates elements of humanistic, person centred, integrative, psychodynamic therapies into a very versatile therapy that can help on a vast range of issues and problems, in treatment of all types of psychological disorders, from everyday living problems to severe psychosis.
You and I would work directly on here and now, addressing and solving problematic behaviours, helping you to find solution with the ultimate goal to ensure you regain absolute autonomy over your life.
I combine TA with the Re-decision therapy (Goulding & Goulding, 1917-1992) in a hybrid of Gestalt and TA that helps clients achieve a change in emotions and behaviours that counteract old decisions.
I use a variety of tools and creative techniques to help you to improve your life and to live it more fully.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP (Accred)) and of the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP).
I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and validated by the University of Middlesex, as well as a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and validated by the University of Middlesex.
My approach is Humanistic, Person Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, I specialise and particularly focus on Transactional Analysis.
I also hold the following certificates:
- L2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling (CPCAB)
- L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
- L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
- Certificate of Transactional Analysis 101 from ITA(Institute of Transactional Analysis)
I hold a Diploma in Psychology of Human Development.
I have worked for an organisation that helps homeless young people and am currently supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse and domestic violence.
I can work in English and Italian language.
The ethical guidelines that underpin my work are defined by the BACP (http://www.bacp.co.uk/about_bacp/).
I am committed to improving the quality of my service by attending regular one to one or group supervision sessions and participating regularly to specific workshops and training courses.
A sample of the Professional Development workshops attended is:
- Attachment and Loss
- Body Psychotherapy Dissociation
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Companion Animal loss
- Domestic Abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
- Loss and Grief
- Psychosexual Therapy
- Working Creatively
- Working with Suicide and Self Harm
- Working with Shame
- Group Therapy
- Relationship Counselling
- Couple Counselling
- Safeguarding in Counselling
- Ritual Abuse
- Working On Line
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Animal Assisted Therapy
Senior Citizen Counselling
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Fees (depending on time and location)
From £55 individual session.
From £75 couple counselling
First session will be one hour
When I work
Locations in Surrey and North Hants, e-counselling; 5 days/week, including evenings
The number of sessions I offer depends on the individual needs. This can be discussed and agreed in the first session.
Concessions can be agreed in special circumstances.