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MBACP (Reg), Humanistic Counsellor

About me

Hello and welcome! I am Maria, a qualified Humanistic counsellor based in central Farnham, Surrey. I am currently offering online counselling sessions (via Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime) 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 extensive experience working with clients who present with a wide range of difficulties, such as: Anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low mood,  feeling sad, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, attachment difficulties, grief and loss, identity and relationship issues, physical and emotional abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and neurodivergence (ADHD, ASD) 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 at your own pace. 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. It could also help you to acknowledge your patterns of behaviour and to find ways of making changes that could better serve your needs.

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 a pace that suits you, and I will help you to get in touch with your inner resources. I will aim to help you find the answers that you are looking for and to empower you, by asking open, exploratory questions so you can get a better understanding of yourself, and by providing a safe space where you can feel truly heard, understood, unconditionally accepted and valued. I will be there with you on your therapeutic journey as your companion and I will facilitate you in building resilience and in finding the right way forward for you.

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 enable them to make the changes that they would like to make.

Session format: I am currently offering 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 working with me would be beneficial for you.

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 have had three years' experience of working 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)

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

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00

Additional information

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

  • Initial 50-minute online consultation £25
  • Individual online counselling sessions £50
  • Individual in-person counselling sessions £55 (I am currently only offering online sessions)
  • I have limited availability for concessionary rates, please enquire for further information
  • All sessions last for 50 minutes
  • Payment by bank transfer in advance or on the same day of the session

When I work

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

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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I offer accessible services in the form of online counselling

Online platforms

Zoom
Whatsapp

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