Room To Grow Counselling - Maria Edwards (Registered Member of the BACP)
07796 497649 / 07796 497649
- My name is Maria Edwards and I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space where you can explore your own feelings and thoughts.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I am therefore bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This ensures that I work safely and ethically with my clients.
I provide a safe, non-judgemental, supportive, confidential, private, and quiet space where you can explore experiences, thoughts, feelings, memories and losses, that may be getting in the way of your daily life and of feeling at ease with yourself and others.
Often, past and current life events affect our lives, thoughts, behaviour and decisions. Counselling can help explore patterns of behaviour, and patterns of relating to others. Exploring thoughts and behavioural patterns can facilitate an increased awareness of self, and with this new found self-awareness, people can change the way they live their lives, putting them in control of the decisions and choices they make.
I have experience in working with people from a range of ages, sexualities, backgrounds and cultures, and have been moved and privileged to be part of their individual journeys. I have seen them through tears, heartache, despair, as well as joy and relief when they start to realise their own personal changes, strengths and growth.
I am a Humanistic & Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am predominantly Person-Centred in my approach, although I have also trained in various other approaches including Gestalt counselling, and I integrate elements of other approaches into my work.
This means that I believe we all have a tendency to make changes and move towards what we need in life, as long as we are provided with the core conditions to help facilitate these changes. I do believe that the core conditions I offer in my counselling room (empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard) can facilitate self-awareness and growth in clients.
Many of us learn, through our life experiences, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore, we find it difficult to accept them ourselves. This can result in anxiety, depression, shame, self-hatred, self-destructive patterns, and other forms of distress, as we adapt ourselves to behave in a way which we feel is acceptable to others. In doing this, we ignore our true needs.
In a healing relationship with an empathic therapist, we can explore and experience these needs and feelings and be able to accept them in ourselves. When we accept that our own needs and feelings are valid (eg. need for love, respect, acceptance, relationships etc) we become better equipped to meet them, to trust ourselves, and find our way to a more authentic and fulfilling life.
If you come to counselling with me you will be setting the pace of the work. We will work with whatever you wish to bring and at whatever pace and depth you choose. I will facilitate the work, but you are the expert of your own experiences, and I will support you to grow and feel more confident about trusting yourself.
Finding the right counsellor to work with is of utmost importance for the therapeutic relationship to be effective. If you are interested in exploring what it might be like to work with me as your counsellor, please do get in touch by messaging me through this site or calling me on the number provided. We can arrange a free, no obligation, initial telephone assessment before you decide.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB - Counselling Studies
CPCAB - Counselling Skills
BACP - Certificate of Proficiency
Continued Professional Development/Certificates:
Family and Relationship Counselling
Eating Disorder Understanding and Awareness
Essentials of Couple Counselling
Anxiety & Resilience
Understanding Dissociative Disorder
Rewind Technique for PTSD & phobias
Facilitating Therapeutic Groups
I work as an Affiliate Counsellor for one of the leading EAP (Employee Assistant Programme) providers in the UK. This involves working with clients on a short term basis (6 weeks upwards).
I can work short term or long term depending on your needs.
I have been a volunteer counsellor a Women's centre in Bedfordshire, where I worked with women with a wide range of issues, including physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, childhood trauma, depression, self-harm, relationship issues etc.
I also have over 15 years experience in the weight-loss industry and understand that weight issues go far beyond simply what people eat. I realise that there are deep, often unspoken, reasons why people have difficulty with weight and body image.
I am committed to CPD (Continued Professional Development) and attend regular BAPCA meetings for self development (British Association for Person-Centred Approach).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with:
Difficulty relating to others
Lack of direction
Loss (in it's many manifestations)
Lack of self-belief
Lack of self-confidence
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
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FREE initial telephone assessment.
Subsequent face-to-face Sessions (all 60 minutes) charged as follows:-
£40 - adults
£30 - children aged 11 to 17
£50 - Couples
£35 - Counselling Students
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I work from a peaceful therapy room located behind Tesco Extra in Baldock, Herts.
There is a free car park.
I meet regularly with a Clinical Supervisor to review my work, and to ensure that I am working in the best interest of my clients at all times. I do not divulge names of my clients so you can be assured that your identity is kept confidential.
I am fully insured.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Greek Cypriot|
Daytime and Evening appointments available. Please get in touch so that we can discuss a suitable day and time. Thank you.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|