Maria Mead, MBACP, NCS (Accred Registrant) individuals & couples
Hello and welcome,
It can bring about a huge sense of relief to be able to talk to someone who can truly listen and understand the world from your perspective. Counsellors are experts at this. We have all - well most of us! - been in the client chair ourselves.
We all deserve to be heard and we could all benefit from having the time and space devoted to just that. A safe, neutral and accepting place where we know we can be ourselves, free from judgement. The counselling hour is your time and the counselling room is your space for that time.
You may be struggling, but you don’t have to cope alone. The counselling relationship is like no other and serves as a bridge for people who wish to find balance in their lives. Gaining support, sharing and exploring with a professional, experienced and compassionate counsellor may make all the difference. Whatever difficulties you are experiencing, together we can make sense of and find the best way forward for you as a unique individual.
As a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor, I have specialist training in bereavement counselling and couples counselling, although my practice is by no means limited to these areas. (see below).
A Little About Me:-
Before working as a counsellor I worked in the Legal profession. The traits of perfectionism and pessimism are prevalent among lawyers and many who work in this field are prone to to anxiety and stress, mostly through work overload. A lot of people seem to confuse self -care with self-indulgence. The reality is that self-care can be the difference between self-destruction and self-preservation! Eventually, it can become too much of a struggle to function to the best of your ability if you're running on empty batteries. At that time, the concept of 'self-care' was an alien one to myself and some of my colleagues... and so began my interest in counselling.
Experiencing the pain of loss was also a prime motivator that challenged me to question life and understand myself better. Not surprisingly, I started my counselling journey by becoming a voluntary counsellor for a bereavement charity in 2007. Loss comes in many forms and all of us experience losses in our lives and grieve for them in our own way. I understand that the loss of connection to someone we love can be excruciatingly painful to bear alone. Bereavement counselling can help you through this traumatic time.
I also work with people who are experiencing:-
anxiety and panic;
bereavement and grief;
depression and low mood;
difficulty relating to others;
emotional impact of physical health;
gender or relationship identity and diversity;
lack of direction;
lack of feelings;
loss (in its many manifestations); ]
obsessive compulsive disorder;
relationship challenges and breakdown;
sense of something not being right;
sex and intimacy;
sexual orientation (including lesbian, gay, bisexual);
stress and burnout;
Not everyone who seeks counselling is necessarily in emotional crisis. You may be at a ‘crossroads’ in your life and seek counselling support to explore where you are now and get clarity on the direction you wish your life to take.
If you are seeking couples counselling, I have a special interest in working with couples and helping them to change the dynamics between them. I understand the distress felt by partners by being stuck in repetitive negative relationship dynamics. Due to our histories, many of us have difficulties with trust and in expressing emotions to those who mean the most to us. As a result of this we develop habit-forming ways of reacting to our partners which ends up causing pain and despair. The main aim of couples counselling with me is to work on these patterns and work on changing your negative interactions in a neutral, accepting, non-judgmental and calm environment.
You can visit my website www.mariameadcounselling.co.uk (click on link at top of page) for more information about my counselling practice and how I work or call me on 07940565603 to arrange an initial counselling session.
Thanks for stopping by,
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accredited course - Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Bereavement Counselling Training - CCIWBS (Camden City Islington Westminster Bereavement Service)
- Teaching Mindfulness Skills - BPS (British Psychological Society)
- Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples -ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in in Emotionally Focused Therapy)
- Graduate of the one year Developmental Model Couples Therapy Training Course with the Couples Institute under Dr. Ellyn Bader.
As a Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and an Accredited Registrant of the NCS (National Counselling Society) I am committed to continuing my professional development with monthly supervision, CPD training and workshops related in the field of psychotherapy, counselling and personal development.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fees are as follows:-
Individuals: £45 per session
Couples: £60 per session
I also offer a few lower rates to students attending university or further studies as well as pensioners and those in financial hardship. These are subject to availability and are usually day time appointments.
Trainee Counsellors welcome
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available week days and evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|