About me

My own positive experience of counselling and group work has motivated me to help others with their struggles and to support them to live their lives in accordance with their own values. I have experienced different therapeutic approaches at different times in my life and believe that 'one shoe does not fit all.' Therefore, I work with people on an individual basis and tailor the therapy to their needs. I also believe that part of the healing process is in the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client. I am open and honest with my clients and do my best to really understand their whole experience and without judgement. I support people with a range of issues including anxiety, addiction, depression, phobias, anger, family issues, relationship issues, divorce, feeling sad, fertility, infertility, pregnancy, birth stories, maternal mental health and identity issues.

How I Work

I am a Gestalt Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor and also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have many years experience working with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds who have needed support to enable them to manage difficult feelings and live a more fulfilling life.

I offer gay affirmative therapy and work with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming and non binary) people and others who are struggling with their identity.

I'm a counsellor and therapeutic group facilitator for a Brighton based Well-being Service and Threshold Women’s Counselling Service. I also offer clinical supervision for counsellors working in another charity and have a small private practice in Brighton and Hove.

My Approach

I integrate Mindfulness practice and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to my work with clients. I offer short or long term work. The basis for my approach is talking therapy and may include creative expression, relational therapy or goal orientated in accordance with your needs. I may use language, dream-work, art, music, objects, visualization, metaphor, empty chair or fantasy depending on what areas you would like to explore.

My main approach is Gestalt and I also hold the values of Carl Rogers core conditions. I integrate Motivational Interviewing techniques with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where needed. I offer sessions as a Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Group Facilitator and Trainer.

What To Expect From Sessions

I work one to one with individuals, couples and facilitate therapeutic groups. I have a very good understanding of 12 Step and recovery programmes. I work creatively and incorporate mindfulness techniques to provide individual counselling and facilitate group work, including Healthy Relationships, Understanding Your Anger and Living More Authentically.

I offer face to face sessions, telephone sessions and online sessions.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place once a week on the same day and at the same time.
Alternative arrangements are available if agreed in advance.
Sessions are £60 each and I offer some concessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Supervision (Gestalt Centre 2013)
Diploma in Counselling (Gestalt Centre 2007)

  • TRE (Trauma Release Exercises)
  • ACT ( Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Identity Constellations
  • Train the Trainer
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Teaching clients how to use mindfulness techniques
  • Drug & Alcohol awareness / Therapeutic Tools
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Trauma Training
  • Inclusive practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth
  • Domestic Violence.
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Assessment Training
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Advanced HIV Awareness
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorder
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Tasks of Bereavement
  • Dual Diagnosis (Mental ill health & substance use)
  • Cannabis & Psychosis
  • Early Intervention for Young People
  • Understanding Refugee & Asylum Seeking Young People
  • Certificate in Counselling at Birkbeck University
  • Smoking Cessation Training – Level 2 Intervention

As a Trainer I develop bespoke training for the purpose of the organisation and the people receiving the training. I have developed specific training in Mental Health Awareness, Mental Illness Diagnosis, Low Self Esteem, Relationships, Safeguarding, Professional Boundaries, Managing Conflict and Keeping Safe and more.

Member organisations


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

  • Loss and grief (death, divorce, custody of children, redundancy,)
  • LGBT ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender non-binary)
  • 12 Step recovery for Addictions
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Specifically developed training
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Family and relationship issues (affairs, separation, parental or sibling disagreements)


Additional information

  • Individual Counselling £60 per session
  • Therapeutic Groups (to be agreed)
  • Individual Supervision £60 per session
  • Group Supervision (to be agreed)


I am available some mornings or afternoons

Further information


Gestalt Therapy focuses on the present moment of experience whilst exploring relationships with others.
The aim of this model is:

1. Creation of a greater level of self awareness
2. Understanding of yourself in relation to others through the therapeutic relationship
3. Moving beyond the realm of talking therapy and into creativity, using body work, metaphor, visualisation, empty chair, mindfulness and more.

ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a mindfulness-based, values-directed behavioural therapy.
The aim of this model is:

1. Acceptance of unwanted thoughts, feelings and sensations, which are out of your control
2. Commitment towards living a valued life

(Mindfulness is the practice of focussing attention on your thoughts, feelings and sensations as they occur in the present moment).

Person Centred Therapy (Client centred)

Person Centred Therapy provides clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where they can understand how their attitudes, feelings and behaviour are being negatively affected.
The aim of this model is to offer the Core Conditions:

1. Empathy - to understand the world of the client
2. Congruence - willingness of the therapist to openly relate to the client
3. Unconditional Positive Regard - to accept the client without judgement

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer individual and group supervision to counsellors or other professionals in need of clinical supervision.

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Maria Coyle

Maria Coyle