my name is Maria, and I offer a safe space for you to explore and work through difficulties you are experiencing in your life. I work with all ages, in a relational and creative way. I use aspects of play therapy in my work, especially with children and young people. The way I work is determined by what I feel would be most helpful for you in that moment. My background is psychotherapy and this enriches the way I work. I have experience of working within the NHS, in community agencies and privately and have been practicing since 2013.
One of my interests is in exploring difference and our experience of it. I co-facilitated a workshop with Ounkar Kaur on Working with Difference at NAOS the intercultural therapy centre in Bristol.
Training, qualifications & experience
University of South Wales 2017-2018 Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
University of Gloucestershire 2013-2016 Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Counselling
Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counsellling 2011-2013 Foundation Certificate and Preparatory Year in Psychotherapy MA
Exeter University 2018 Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Learning Difficulties
CPD Trauma, Eating Disorders, Working with Diversity
Trauma Foundation South West Trauma Conference 2015
My training is humanistic and integrative.
I have been practicing counselling since 2013, in community agencies, for the NHS, in private practice and have experience in both long and short term counselling.
My first placement in training was at Kinergy in Bristol from 2013-2015 working with clients for up to six months. My second placement was at Southmead Hospital from 2014-2015 on the psychotherapy unit, working with clients for a year.
I have been working at Wellspring Counselling Agency with adults and young people for over two years now, offering long term therapy. I have also been working at OTR (Off the Record) since last September doing short term counselling with young people. I started developing my private practice in 2017.
I became a student member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) in 2011 and a registered member in 2016. My membership is ongoing. I am working towards accreditation.
I have been a registered member of CAPPP (Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice) since qualifying in 2016 and was Secretary of the CAPPP Committee between 2016 and 2017.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Looking for meaning in life
My fees are £40 per session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability on Mondays, Wednesday afternoon, Fridays and Saturdays.
Types of client