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About me

Hello, I am Maria, a fully qualified Humanistic counsellor based in Farnham, Surrey. I offer both online and in-person therapy to adults and young adults from the age of 18+ on an individual basis.

I have experience working with adult clients who present with a wide range of issues such as; Anxiety, social anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, attachment issues, low self-confidence, grief and loss, identity and relationship issues, abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, ASD, ADHD. I have also successfully supported clients who experience more severe mental health difficulties, such as: Bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder.

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 all your emotions and concerns. This type of environment could lead you to greater self-awareness and to a better understanding of the way you relate to others.

I will not be telling you what to do or leading you to direction that does not feel right for you. I will work collaboratively with you 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. I will provide a safe space where you will feel truly heard, understood, unconditionally accepted and valued. I will strive to be there with you in every step of your therapeutic journey as your companion.

I am passionate about the value of counselling and its capacity to enhance people's lives and well-being. I hold the belief that healing and growth can only happen within a trusting, warm, genuine and accepting relationship, which is free of judgement and full of empathy. I strive to offer this type of relationship to my clients, with the aim to help them accept themselves, to grow in their own unique way, and to make the changes that they want.

I offer both in-person and remote sessions via secure online video conferencing platforms, such as: Zoom or FaceTime. Please feel free to contact me to arrange a reduced-fee 50 minute session, 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 emotional support and training to people who experience a wide range of both common and more severe mental health difficulties, including amongst others: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and personality disorders.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

From £40.00 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 you to decide whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you.

  • Initial 50-minute consultation £25
  • Individual online counselling sessions £40
  • 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.

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

Farnham
Surrey
GU9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

I offer accessible services in the form of online counselling

Languages offered

English, Greek

Online platforms

Zoom

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Maria Laskou MBACP, Dip. Couns. Humanistic Counsellor

Maria Laskou MBACP, Dip. Couns. Humanistic Counsellor