Maria Harding MSc, Adv Dip in Psychotherapy, BA (Hons), UKCP and Bacp registered
I am a private and NHS UKCP and Bacp accredited psychotherapist. I have an integrative and psychodynamic training and am experienced in working with a range of difficulties including complex depression and anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship problems and personality disorders. I have provided assessments and psychological interventions within a range of NHS settings since 2011 including a secondary care complex depression and anxiety setting and a specialist personality disorder service (South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust).My work often focuses on helping people who find themselves stuck in unhelpful patterns of behaviour and who are struggling with relational issues. I am qualified in utilising evidence based interventions such as Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) to help people whose interpersonal difficulties (both in their private and work life) contribute to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therapy can help to reduce emotional suffering, support change, and promote personal growth. It is a collaborative process and the insight gained can help people look at life from a different perspective and enable them to respond differently to life’s challenges. People often seek support when they are facing life transitions or feel stuck in their lives. However there are many reasons why people might seek the help of therapy. These might include:
- Relationship difficulties or break ups
- Problems in the workplace
- Loss and bereavement
- Self-esteem issues
- Difficulties relating to childhood
- Anxiety and stress
- Personality disorder
Training, qualifications & experience
Relevant Qualifications &Training
- Master of Science in Psychodynamics of Human Development (University of London)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Regent’s University)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling (University of Wales)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies (London Metropolitan)
- Certificate in Mentalization Based Therapy (Anna Freud Centre & University College London)
- Accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Practitioner (Anna Freud Centre & British Psychoanalytic Council)
- 18 Month Infant Observation Study (British Association of Psychotherapists)
The UKCP is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. A UKCP psychotherapist undertakes a minimum four year post graduate in depth training in how to work with a variety of people with a range of emotional distress, mental health issues and difficulties. A UKCP psychotherapist follows a strict code of ethical practice and is required to demonstrate continual professional development as well as regular supervision. I am also accredited with the BACP.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
£85.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Fees and appointments
Each 50 minute session is £85. I hold some spaces at a reduced fee for people in training or other circumstances. I am an approved provider for various health insurers including WPA, BUPA, Aviva, Vitality Health, Cigna and AXA PPP.
Booking an appointment
I recommend we have a brief conversation by telephone before we arrange an initial meeting to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy at this time.
What can I expect from an initial consultation?
Coming to speak to someone you have not met before can be daunting so the initial consultation gives you the opportunity to find out what therapy involves and discuss any questions that you may have. It will be important at this stage to evaluate whether you think that you can work with the therapist. It also enables the therapist to assess your current difficulties and develop an initial formulation in the context of your relationships, social circumstances, life events etc. Typically, it is at this stage that we discuss the type and duration of therapy that is deemed suitable to meet your needs at this time.
When can I book an appointment?
I am able to offer appointments at flexible times that can fit in with your working pattern (early morning, during the day and evenings). I work part time in the NHS and run a private clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some evening appointments on other days of the week are also available.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
In the event that you are unable to keep an appointment, I ask for at least 48 hours’ notice. A cancelled appointment with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged at £40. A missed appointment without notice will be charged at £85. As a therapy space will be retained for you during a course of therapy, 2 cancelled sessions for holiday requirements are offered at no fee. Any further sessions missed will be charged as outlined above.
I am flexible in terms of appointments and endeavour to accommodate them to your needs Please contact me for further details.
I operate from two locations.
Reigate Wellbeing Centre
The Old Bakery
There is some reserved parking on the premises or free street parking on local roads. Alternatively you may wish to park in the nearby Bell Street car park which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the centre.
This consulting room is located on the edge of Holmwood Common, National Trust, in an area of outstanding beauty. There is plenty of parking.