Hi my name is Maria Malster and I am a qualified and registered integrative counsellor working with adults and adolescents. I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and psychotherapists - BACP and I abide by their ethical framework. I am passionate about supporting other people through difficult times In their lives and I have over 3 years experience working with survivors of sexual assault.
During this difficult time we are facing with Coronavirus/Covid-19 I am offering telephone and online counselling support. I recognise the implications that this pandemic can have on mental health and therefore the need for continuity of care during these difficult times.
I am a warm, caring and empathic person who can offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where together we can explore difficulties worrying you.
How Counselling can help
Sometimes in life we can feel stuck and life can throw challenges that may feel overwhelming, we may wake every day feeling anxious, or sad or feeling as if you are facing an insurmountable challenge to be motivated, focused and energetic enough to get through the day, struggle to be around others, or perhaps feel constantly angry and disconnected.
Counselling can provide a safe space in which past traumatic experiences and difficult feelings can be thought about, in a confidential, impartial and non-judgemental setting and it allows the exploration of the life experiences that have brought us to where we are now. Working together we can explore the origins and processes underpinning destructive and painful repetitive inter-relational patterns that are negatively affecting you and your relationships. The therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity to feel heard and understood which in turn can help the quality of our relationships and how we view ourselves.
How to get started
- Call or email me to make your first appointment
- Initial appointment to see what counselling entails and see if it is right for you
- Make further appointments if you wish to go ahead and we will arrange to meet weekly or fortnightly
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- 3 years experience with sexual abuse survivors
- Level 3 in PTSD Counselling
- Level 4 in CBT Counselling
- Level 2 in Transactional Analysis
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees start at £40 for an individual 50 minute session.
Concessions offered for
I have an enhanced DBS and abide by the code of ethics set out by the BACP.
I am an Individual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy