Maria King, UKCP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Understanding is at the heart of what I do. You may be looking for help with a specific issue like bereavement, depression or relationship problems, high levels of anxiety, compulsive behaviour or addiction. Weekly sessions provide a time to think and reflect and talk about the feelings you have about yourself and other people close to you. I help individuals to work through their mental challenges - empowering them to gain a better understanding of themselves and their lives.
You may be tired of the same patterns in your life and relationships coming up time and again and feel that you now need to seek professional help with these issues. There is no fast and easy solution and commitment is required, as all real change needs to happen on a deeper level.
How you feel from day-to-day, your mental state, the pattern of your behaviour, your actions and the decisions you take are all connected to your past experiences going back to your childhood. They determine the person you are today. Psychotherapy provides a space for you to begin to make connections between the past and the present. This can help you see how some of the things that you feel, do and say are not driven by your conscious thoughts and feelings, rather by unconscious feelings. If you are able to gain a better understanding of these connections, you'll feel more empowered to gain a better understanding of yourself and your life.
Who I work with
I work with adults, adolescents and also with couples.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and trained with The Arbours Training Programme in London. I have also trained at The Tavistock for work with couples. During the training and in my private practice I have worked with patients suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression, relationships difficulties, bereavement, eating disorders, self-harm and bi-polar disorder. I have worked privately for over 6 years and continue to engage in professional development as per the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) requirements. I have also worked as a counsellor in a secondary school to broaden my experience with adolescents. This is a natural progression for me following 15 years working as a school teacher.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer therapy for adolescents. This may be shorter term as there could be issues that adolescents specifically want to focus on and once they feel they have addressed them, they are ready to move on. I also work with couples for couple therapy and marital or relationship problems or breakdown.
Session fee £50. Some concessions are available depending on your circumstances.
Starting therapy can be a daunting prospect. If you are struggling emotionally and need help, then you can only try it for yourself and make your own judgement about what it is actually like. It may come as a huge relief to actually get yourself into a session with a therapist. I can only encourage you to take the first step, as life is about your choices and they ultimately are your own.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Spanish and French - semi fluent|
I am based in Cranbrook and am available weekdays during the day and a couple of evenings.
Types of client