Maria Drinkald "Reg MBACP"
A bit about myself, I have had over 4 years experience working as a counsellor for a BACP registered charity organisation. I have had the experience in this role of working long term with older and young adults.
I have had around 2 years experience working within the NHS as a staff counsellor, offering short term counselling up to 12 weeks.
I have had over 3 years experience working at a women's centre, working long term with women who have experienced domestic violence both physical and psychological.
I also work within the public higher education sector as a DSA Specialist Mentor.
I enjoy and have worked well with young adults in a mentoring and counselling setting.
It may sometimes seem that we live in difficult times, and everyday struggles like relationships and the pressures of life may get us down and leave us with a feeling of emptiness. We may be subscribing to underlying messages to be 'perfect' and “show no weakness”. Although our aim is to keep on functioning, it may also be the time to look at what is really going on and become curious about what is the source of our anxiety, relationship issues, feelings of panic, low mood, feelings of numbness and loneliness. A person can feel that there is no reason why they feel numb inside, it's like they are running on empty. Their life in everybody else's eyes may seem fine, yet inside all is not well and this can seem confusing when on the surface all may look well. They may feel guilty about having these feelings of unhappiness as there seems to be nothing to be unhappy about on the surface, yet they feel numb inside.
A large number of young adults are experiencing panic attacks and feelings of anxiety at a much higher reported rate than in the past. These feelings can be difficult to manage and cope with when there is confusion as to what these feelings may mean.
Counselling is an opportunity to stop for a moment and pay attention. To sit with a professional empathic, challenging counsellor in a safe and confidential space and talk, whilst not being judged and explore with curiosity 'what is really going on?'
I work as an integrative counsellor and am aware of the unconscious process. The unconscious does not tend to communicate through everyday language but is thought to use the language of metaphor. It may communicate via our dreams, daydreams and in moments when we forget ourselves. It may also communicate through the body in a non-verbal form. When life is busy and we are distracted by the day to day, we may not have time to address what is trying to be communicated, that which we know about ourselves, that which we may have forgotten to remember. If that time feels right to you, then counselling may be a good place to start.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Relevant Education, Certificates, Information and Training.
BSc (hons), Integrative Counselling , Roehampton University, Sept. 2011- June 2014.
Certificate in Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills, University of London (Birkbeck College) Oct. 2009-July 2011.
MAPS mentoring training, including child protection training. March 2011.
CPD (Continued Professional Development) Training ......Ongoing
Emotional process work
Working with Shame
Impact of Child Sexual Abuse
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Trauma informed care for professionals working with young adults.
Working relationally with attachment and traumatic bonding
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
£45 initial assessment fee
£55 per 50 min counselling session.
£50 per 50 min telephone counselling after an initial face to face assessment.
I offer Long-Term work, open-ended and Short-term work (subject to a minimum of 6 sessions), in a confidential space.
I work Integratively, which means I draw from a range of theories and ideas to help understand your experience.
I work within the therapeutic relationship and will look at our experience of each other within the relationship as part of the work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client