Maria Drinkald "Reg MBACP"
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 9 years 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 currently work in private practice and have 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 am also an Assessor for a charity run counselling agency.
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.
Working relationally with attachment and traumatic bonding
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 initial assessment fee - Individual face to face. (Currently remotely by phone or zoom)
£60 per 50 min counselling session - Individual face to face.
£50 per 50 min Individual telephone counselling (if possible with an initial face to face assessment)
£80 initial assessment fee - Solution based couples therapy face to face.
£100 per 1hr solution based couples therapy face to face.
Rewind (PTSD) Therapy treatment £150 per treatment. £270 up to 6 appointments.
I offer Long-Term work, open-ended and Short-term work, 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.