About me

Hello and welcome! I am Maria, a qualified Humanistic counsellor based in central Farnham, Surrey. I offer both online (via Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime) and in-person therapy to adults and young adults from the age of 18+ on an individual basis. I offer both long-term and short-term therapy depending on my clients' specific needs.

Areas of interest & Experience: I have experience working with clients who present with a wide range of difficulties, such as: Anxiety, social anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, attachment issues, low self-confidence, grief and loss, feeling ‘lost’, identity and relationship issues, physical and emotional abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, ASD, ADHD. I have also successfully supported clients who experience more severe mental health struggles, such as: Bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and personality disorders.

My focus: I am committed to offering a safe, warm space where you can explore all your thoughts and feelings. I aim to offer a truly accepting and non-judgmental environment where you could examine anything that is troubling you or causing you distress. This type of environment could lead you to greater self-awareness and to a better understanding of the way you relate to yourself and to others.

How I work: In our work together, I will not be telling you what to do or leading you to a direction that does not feel right for you. I will work collaboratively with you, at your own pace, and I will help you get in touch with your inner strength. I will aim to help you find the answers that you are looking for and to empower you, by providing a safe space where you can feel truly heard, understood, unconditionally accepted and valued. I will strive to be there with you at every step of your therapeutic journey as your companion.

The value of the therapeutic relationship: I hold the belief that healing and growth can only happen within a trusting, warm and genuine relationship, which is free of judgement and full of empathy. I am committed to offering this type of relationship to my clients, with the aim to help them accept every part of themselves and to make the changes that they want.

Session format: I offer both in-person and online sessions via secure online video conferencing platforms, such as: Zoom, FaceTime, or WhatsApp. When you feel ready to take the first step do email me at: info@mlcounselling.uk, or call/text on: 07565 115728 to arrange a half-price (£25) 50-minute consultation, where I can answer any questions you may have, and where you can get a sense of whether you feel comfortable working with me.

For more information please follow the link to my website, or you can contact me through the Counselling Directory.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional membership: I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.) I adhere to their Ethical Framework and their code of conduct. I am committed to ongoing clinical supervision and continuing professional development.

Experience: I have experience working with individual clients from the age of 18+, on an open-ended basis or an agreed period of time, depending on my clients’ unique needs. In addition to my private practice, I work as a counsellor at a local charity which provides counselling support and vocational training to people who experience a wide range of both common and more severe mental health difficulties.

Professional Qualifications

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
  • NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills

I completed four years of Counselling Training at Guildford College.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00

Additional information

It is very important to feel comfortable with your counsellor, and for this reason I offer a reduced-fee 50-minute initial consultation, as an opportunity for us to decide whether working together would be beneficial for you.

  • Initial 50-minute consultation £25
  • Individual online counselling sessions £45
  • Individual in-person counselling sessions £50
  • I have limited availability for concessionary rates, please enquire for further information.
  • All sessions last for 50 minutes
  • Payment by bank transfer or cash on the same day of the session

Availability

Daytime and evening appointments available during weekdays. I do not offer counselling sessions on weekends.

Further information

Some of my additional training includes:

  • L2 How to do Counselling Online: a Coronavirus Primer
  • Safeguarding and managing risk through digital media — a practitioner’s resource
  • A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs
  • The River of Life: A person-centred response to grief
  • Healing the wounds of trauma with Dr Gabor Mate
  • Do we have a choice? An attachment perspective on choosing and not choosing
  • Sexuality & Gender Identity Awareness — OUTLINE
  • Autism: Developing Understanding and Implementing Practical Approaches
  • Working safely with your clients Inner Child
  • Addiction: A search for a secure base

Farnham
Surrey
GU9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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I offer accessible services in the form of online counselling

Additional languages

English, Greek

Online platforms

Zoom
Whatsapp

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Maria Laskou

Maria Laskou