Maria Crossley BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP
Hello, I am glad that you are reaching out for support. This may feel quite scary reaching out for the first time or you may have had therapy before and looking into further counselling, which still may feel scary...We all have times when life may feel too much, or maybe feeling overwhelmed, or feeling stuck or maybe repeating unhealthy patterns of behaviour? I will hopefully make the experience as comfortable as possible for you.
I am a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with many years experience. My core training is within a Humanistic and Integrative approach. I believe that not one single approach can hold the answer, we have our own histories, experiences and as a therapist although I do not have the answers, within our sessions I will offer a safe space for you to find your way. Within our relationship, I will be integrating the whole of the person/body/spirit to enable space for growth, understanding and healing.
Finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with, finding the correct 'fit' is important for the work ahead. I offer a free 15 minutes 'hello' zoom/phone call - to see if I am the correct therapist for you. This could be the start of an immensely liberating journey!
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 30 years working front line within statutory organisations, such as a Recovery worker/substance misuse (NHS and the Criminal Justice System), a Multi-Systemic Family Therapist (City Council) and a Mental Health Advisor within a University. I gained my BSc (Counselling & Psychotherapist 2015) at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute, as I felt at times I needed to understand further how to work with those with distress and enable to offer hope, empowerment and long term change.
I have worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team's including psychiatrists, psychologists and educators. I have experience of working with those with enduring mental health and substance misuse problems (duel diagnosis), complex trauma issues and families in need. With this breath of knowledge and understanding of the complexities of life enables me to use the most appropriate approach to reflect the diversity I work with.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £57.00
I offer a free 15 minutes 'hello' video session to see if you want to work with me and for you to ask questions you have. If you feel comfortable working with me we can then book in for your first session. This will be the start of the assessment where I will be getting to know you, to find out what your goals are and gather some baseline information.
My sessions are
£45 for 50 minutes video
£57 for face to face, this is to cover the room hire
I can be quite flexible, but generally mornings and evenings.