Maria Lonergan FdA, MBACP
Looking for a counsellor and deciding on who to choose can be quite daunting and may feel overwhelming.
My counselling practice based in Walton on Thames 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 am a fully qualified Integrative Humanistic Counsellor with over 8 years experience and in excess of 3,500 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 provide 1-1 counselling to individuals aged 16+. I am experienced in working with a number of issues including 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 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).
Alongside my Practice, I also work at the 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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm £55 for 50 minutes
Evening appointments 5pm-9pm £60 for 50 minutes
Saturday 9am-1pm £60 for 50 minutes
Family counselling £80 for a 1 hour session
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.
My practice is conveniently located in Walton-on-Thames on the High Street where there is ample parking available.
Please visit my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maria-Lonergan-counselling/238473889606850
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 9-9 Saturday 10-1
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|