Maria Drinkald

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Reg MBACP, Clinical Member UPCA, IARTT Reg practitioner.
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Epsom, Surrey, KT18
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Greetings and welcome,
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”. We may also be caught up in feelings of fear, related to what is going on in the world we live in. 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 fear, 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.

A bit about myself:-

Over the past 12years  (9.5 years post qualification)  I have attained 4 years experience working as a counsellor in a BACP registered charity organisation, offering long term psychodynamic counselling to young and older adults. I also acquired 2 years experience working integratively  within the NHS as an honorary staff counsellor, offering short term counselling up to 12 weeks in this role. Alongside I have gained 3 years experience working at a women's centre, where I worked long term with women who have experienced domestic violence both physical and psychological. I worked pre-Covid -19 as an assessor for a psychodynamic counselling agency, providing face to face assessments for potential new clients and written reports for the agency.

I currently work in private practice, which has been established since October 2014

I currently work within the public higher education sector as a DSA Specialist Mentor, and have done so since April 2016.

I  worked as a tutor teaching a CPCAB level 2 counselling skills course, at a college for adult further education, from Dec 2020 -April 2022

Since qualifying as a Psychotherapeutic Integrative counsellor in 2014, I have trained as a Rewind Practitioner, using a technique to treat adults suffering from PTSD and as a Human Givens Solution based Couples Therapist.

I enjoy and have worked well with young adults in a mentoring and counselling setting.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Education, Certificates, Information and Training

Human Givens Solution Based Couples Therapy Feb 2020

Rewind Therapy Accredited Practitioner Nov. 2019 ( IARTT registered )

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

PTSD Rewind therapy

Solution based Couples Therapy


Emotional process work

Working with Shame
Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Trauma informed care for professionals working with young adults.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£70.00 - £380.00

Additional information

£70 initial assessment fee - Individual face to face or via Google meet

£70 per 50 min counselling session - Individual face to face.

£70 per 50 min Individual telephone/google meet counselling

£100 initial assessment fee - Solution based couples therapy face to face.

£140 per 1 hour solution based couples therapy face to face.

Rewind (PTSD) Therapy treatment £210 per treatment ( 3 sessions). £380 up to 6 appointments.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have some face to face availability Mon-Thurs  8.30am-6.30pm

I have limited face to face evening availability from 5.30-6.30pm.

Further information

I offer long-term work, open-ended and short-term work, in a confidential space.

I work from an Integrative perspective, 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.

Epsom, Surrey, KT18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Maria Drinkald
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