Maria Forster BSc, Post Grad Dip in counselling & family therapy
I am currently working online, or telephone due to the recent challenging times. I am an individual and couples counsellor. I am also Family Therapy trained, and work with people of all ages.
I believe that, when we find ourselves in difficult times, we lose sense of direction and/or focus. It is important to take time to STOP and reflect on what's going on in order to help us work out where we are going, recharge and set now goals.
I am trained as a Systemic counsellor with over 18 years’ experience. I bring various styles of counselling to suit your individual needs.
I have worked with people who are struggling to cope with many mental health issues. I have also worked in all educational setting with children, young people and staff. I have a wealth of experience having worked for many years in a special educational needs for pupils with emotional behavioural issues.
I currently carry out work with 'Relate Cymru' focusing on relationship issues and family breakdown.
I have begun to expand my work with individuals and/or family members, who are offending or at risk of offending behaviour. I have taken this work into prisons and worked with issues around domestic violence and other criminal offences.
I understand that it can be daunting when thinking about seeking help and support - but being able to talk through your thoughts and feelings can help you gain a better understanding of yourself. This can enable you to work out better ways to cope, change your way of thinking, enabling you to manage your own behaviour to situations and people. This can give you the skills and confidence to improve your life and emotional well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Counselling
- BSc in Criminology.
I keep up-to-date with new tends on therapeutic models to help with individual clients. I currently work with Relate, working with individuals and couples around relationship issues, as well as developing and delivering various training for them on emotional well-being and mental health.
I train counselling students for The Place2Be, who provide counselling and therapeutic support in primary schools.
I also offer therapeutic supervision.
I have a wealth of experience working with children suffering from emotional behavioural difficulties, family breakdown, depression, stress, offenders and mental health issues.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am working with individuals and families, of people who are at risk of or are involved in the criminal justice system due to their offending behaviour.
I have a sliding scale and charge between £40 - £60 per session depending on the type of session and circumstances.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like any more information.