Maria Goodin

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BACP Accredited Counsellor Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Welwyn Garden City AL8 & St. Albans AL1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, my name is Maria.

I am a fully qualified and accredited counsellor, and for nearly twenty years I have  been helping people manage a wide range of personal challenges, including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.  

I work with individual adults (18+). I have additional training in working with clients who have ADHD or ASD and run workshops on depression and neurodivergence. 

Some of the areas I can help with are: 

Improved confidence and self-esteem

Happier and healthier relationships

Lower stress levels 

Clearer sense of direction, purpose and meaning

A calmer and more confident approach to life

Improved mood

Increased self understanding 

Being able to break free from old habits and reach personal goals

Reach out today for a  free consultation. Simply send me an enquiry via the Counselling Directory and I will be happy to arrange an initial call with you over the phone so you have a sense of who I am and how I can help you before booking your first session.

About me 

I am a fully qualified, accredited and experienced counsellor with almost twenty years’ experience in the counselling profession.

I have worked in a variety of settings, such as the NHS, universities, charities and employee assistance programmes. I currently split my time between my private practice and my work within the NHS. I also provide mentoring for university students struggling with mental health issues and work as an assessor for a counselling training programme. 

I am an integrative counsellor, which means I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches to offer the best support for you.  I will help you to express what is troubling you and work with you to find the best way forward depending on your needs. 

How counselling can help

Counselling will help you understand where you are being held back in life, and why. It will help you identify unconscious ways of thinking and behaving that are causing you problems, and allow you to find new, more helpful ways forwards. 

Sometimes, it may be helpful to explore relationships and events from the past that are still impacting us in the present. Experiences in our past can often leave us stuck in a certain way of thinking or behaving that is no longer working in our best interest. Talking things through with a professional can bring a new awareness about why we think and behave the way we do. This awareness is often the key to breaking free from old patterns and finding new, more fulfilling ways of living. 

As we find ways for you to move forwards, I will support you in developing greater self-awareness and confidence. I will help you identify practical steps that can be taken to help develop healthier, happier ways of living. 

Don't struggle on your own. Even if you're unsure whether you need counselling, I am happy to have a free telephone consultation with you to help you decide whether counselling would be helpful for you. 


Wed and Fri daytimes.
Weekday evenings.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and my work adheres to the professional standards of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Qualifications -

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
  • University Diploma in Counselling
  • Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training
  • Certificate in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression 
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills: Loss and Bereavement
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 
  • Certificate in working with anxiety
  • Certificate in autism awareness 
  • Certificate in ADHD awareness

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees are £55 per 50 minute session.

When I work

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Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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