Maria Mead, MBACP, NCS (Accred Registrant) individuals & couples
Winchmore Hill Clinic
925 Green Lanes
Hello and welcome,
We all deserve to be heard and we could all benefit from having the time and space devoted to just that. A safe, neutral place where we know we can be ourselves, free from judgement. The therapy hour is your time and the therapy room is your space.
It can bring about a huge sense of relief to be able to talk to someone who can really 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. It's a unique relationship and one based on mutual trust and respect. Most people can benefit from counselling. It's a gentle process, often with life changing consequences.
Who am I
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. Sadly, a lot of people in high powered positions tend to bury themselves in more work rather than acknowledge they need help. No-one thinks twice about hiring someone to repair their boiler if it stops functioning but there still isn't quite that same openness about mental health or other hidden disabilities. Fortunately, times are changing and people are realising it takes emotional strength to seek counselling support.
I started my counselling career in 2007 as a voluntary counsellor in a bereavement charity in Camden, London. Through the many people I saw who came through those doors, I learned that all of us experience loss of one kind or another and that we all go through the grieving process in our own unique way. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The loss of connection to someone we love can be excruciatingly painful to bear alone and bereavement counselling can give you some much needed support.
As a trained Relational Integrative Counsellor, I use a range of counselling methods which I intuitively adapt to suit your needs as an individual. I have worked with a wide range of people and backgrounds of all ages on issues such as anxiety, bereavement, depression, stress, relationship issues, workplace bullying, etc. 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.
Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, if we agree to work together, my approach is grounded, warm and sincere.
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, containing, non-judgmental and confidential environment.
You can visit my website www.mariameadcounselling.co.uk (click on link at top of page) for more information about my counselling service 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|