Maria Lonergan FdA, MBACP, NCS
Looking for a counsellor and deciding on who to choose can be quite daunting and may feel overwhelming.
I have over 10 years experience running a counselling practice based in Walton on Thames. I provides a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which to explore issues that affect your quality of life. It could be that you have been struggling for some time and have now decided the time is right for you to make changes. You may have come to a cross roads and are not sure which direction to turn to.
I provide 1-1 counselling to individuals aged 16+. I am experienced in working with a number of issues including toxic relationships (particularly narcissism) depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, bereavement and loss (of any kind), lack of confidence, redundancy, relationship issues, divorce and separation, family issues, substance misuse (drug and alcohol) and many more.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Humanistic Counsellor with over 8 years experience and in excess of 4,500 client hours. I use various therapeutic methods and approaches that will best support you and assist you in working through your issue. I also incorporate elements of CBT within my approach where necessary. My practice is conveniently based in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, near the borders of Weybridge, Cobham, Esher, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames and Hersham. I work with individuals on a one-to-one basis, both short and long term depending on your needs.
I have particular experience working with survivors of sexual abuse both past and present and client's experiencing relationship difficulties. I work with complex issues at a deeper level allowing you to explore life events that you may find difficult to address. I have experience with working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
Many clients find that it doesn't take too long before the benefits of counselling begin to ripple through their daily life. Client's tell me that just talking things through helps them to see their situation much clearer and they begin to naturally feel stronger and gain more clarity and understanding in making decisions that are right for them.
Changes can be brought about when we face our fears, identify feelings and ways of thinking, see problems in a different light and become aware of patterns that do not work for us.
I often suggest that clients book an initial getting-to-know-each-other appointment with absolutely no obligation to continue. It is important to me that you feel comfortable before embarking on further sessions. This initial session will last between 30-60 minutes.
After our initial consultation, we can then decide whether or not you wish to continue, the standard procedure is to meet once a week at the same time. Each session lasts 50 minutes and appointments are available most weekdays.
For further details, please click on my website link above. If you have any questions, please feel free to either call or email me and I will reply as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Integrative Humanistic counselling incorporating approaches such as Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential. I also incorporate CBT within my Practice as and when it may be necessary. I am also a member of the BACP professional body and I abide by their ethical codes of practice.
I have had experience working within the NHS and also with SADAS, an organisation working purely with substance misuse (drug and alcohol) and Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Guildford seeing clients on a 1-1 basis.
In order to increase my knowledge and understanding I regularly attend Continual Professional Development workshops and lectures. The following are just a few I have attended:
Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (C Sanderson)
Issues of Attachment, lectured by Sir Richard Bowlby
Working with Traumatic Bonding and Boundaries (C Sanderson)
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Working with substance misuse (drug and alcohol)
Certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in supporting those in toxic and abusive relationships along with physical, sexual and emotional abuse. I also specialise in supporting clients in understanding narcissism and narcissistic behaviour.
My work is professionally supervised and I adhere to ethical guidelines as set out by BACP and NCS. I hold Professional Liability Insurance. I believe in continuing education and attend courses on a regular basis.
Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm £55 for 50 minutes
Evening appointments 5pm-7pm £65 for 50 minutes
Concessions are available for up to 12 sessions between 9am-4pm. I have limited availability for reduced rate if you are on a low income. Please enquire when contacting me.
Monday to Friday 9-7
My practice is conveniently located in Walton-on-Thames on the High Street where there is ample parking available.
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