My name is Maria. I am very passionate about counselling. I have been on a long journey myself having therapy to help, learn about myself and teach myself how to grow. I am a humanistic, integrated therapist. I am person centred. And believe that that we all know what we need. I like to help clients find their power. I became a counsellor because I don’t want anyone suffering in silence or be alone. I believe that talking is medicine. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. I feel that counselling needs to meet my clients for empathy, understanding, support, guidance, unburdening and healing.
Life situations can make us feel lost and alone. And make everyday simple task hard to do. This can lead to anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, No motivation, loss of confidence and low self - esteem. Every day life can be a struggle. I feel Having someone you can trust in a safe and comfortable environment can really help, to talk through our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Having the space to experience the here and now. Looking into, or exploring the past, can help us move forward and clear the fog and chatter that builds in our heads.
I would very much like to offer you empathy, unconditional positive regard in a safe, confidential space. I have knowledge of different theories, which will allow you to talk or explore anything you would like.
life experiences are hard to deal with sometimes, I believe that this blocks our growth. I would like very much to help unblock some of these with you, and to help towards making you feel empowered again. Or perhaps for the first time.
counselling is a very personal and individual process. The way in which we would work together will be centred around you. I like to be guided by my client.
I have been doing my own therapy with horses and have learnt so much around animals helping in the therapy healing process. Learning about myself and how I work emotionally, mentally and physically is one of the greatest journeys I started.
I offer 1 hour sessions, I’m a member of BACP. DBS checked. And have experience working adults young people and children.
I work Monday to Saturday With a few evening appointments available.. I am flexible and understand how tricky it is to get a time that’s fits with everybody’s situation and needs.
I work from a lovely quite and private room on the Noth Devon and Cornwall boarder.
Training, qualifications & experience
Levels 1,2, and 3 in counselling and Psychotherapy.
Level 4 Professional diploma in counselling and Psychotherapy.
Professional Diploma:NCS Advanced Specialist Course- Children and Young People.
I have been trained as a integrated humanistic therapist. I work in a Person-Centered way. I have a very gentle approach.
I have volunteered at Bideford college working with young people.
Volunteered at Hartland surgery, working with adults.
Currently volunteer At clarity; Mental Health Charity.
Where I work with adults. I also help raise money for mental health awareness with clarity.
I have been trained to work in groups. And I currently do group work. Group work can be very rewarding and a great experience. For both counsellor and client.
I have experience in Phone Therapy and zoom.
I have a wide range of experience and enjoy very working with adults, children and Young People alike.
I am currently in training to teach counselling. I will be looking to start teaching myself next year.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I am some available sessions on Wednesdays. Some evenings and some Saturdays.
I can offer phone therapy. Zoom therapy, as well as face to face.