Maria Goodin

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BACP Accredited Counsellor
Available for new clients
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Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Would you like to increase your confidence and self-esteem? Manage stress better? Resolve issues from your past? Improve your relationships?

For over fifteen years I have  been helping people live a more positive, happier and resilient life. 

What to expect from counselling

Sessions are offered face-to-face, by telephone or Zoom. For my availability, please go to the end of this profile or visit my website: Brighterdaystherapy.co.uk

I would be happy to have a free consultation with you over the phone so you have a sense of who I am and the way I work before committing to any sessions.

At our initial session, we will discuss what has led you to seek counselling. We will establish what you want to get from counselling and how you might like things to be different by the time we finish working together. If you don’t quite know, that’s fine. Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint what’s bothering us and I can help you figure it out. 

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. 

About me 

I am a fully qualified, accredited and experienced counsellor with over fifteen 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 find 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. 

Availability

I offer face-to-face counselling Wednesday and Friday daytimes.

I offer online/phone counselling on:

Wed and Fri daytimes.
Weekday evenings.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (Commendation) from the University of Hertfordshire which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also hold certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Online and Telephone Counselling. I have also completed specialist training in Person-Centred Counselling for Depression which I provide on behalf of the NHS. 

I am fully insured and receive ongoing supervision, which is a professional requirement and ensures my work is carried out to a high standard.

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
  • Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training
  • University Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills: Loss and Bereavement
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP
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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Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees are £55 per 50 minute session.


When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer face-to-face counselling Wednesday and Friday daytimes.

I offer online/phone counselling on:

  • Wed and Fri daytimes.
  • Weekday evenings.
  • Saturdays.

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

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