Maria Mead, MBACP, NCS (Accred Registrant) individuals & couples
I am Maria, a qualified and experienced down-to-earth counsellor. I offer face to face counselling for individuals and couples in Enfield, EN2, Gordon Hill area, and in close proximity to Enfield Town, Potters Bar, Cuffley and surrounding areas. We can also meet via skype.
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.
We all deserve to be heard and could benefit from having the time and space devoted to just that. The counselling hour is your time and the counselling room is your space for that time.
Since 2007, I have worked therapeutically with numerous clients and helped them to overcome the various life challenges they were facing.
My specialisms are anxiety, bereavement (loss in its various forms) and relationships, although my practice is by no means limited to these areas. I see people who want to:-
- Feel more at ease with themselves and others
- Stop repetitive patterns of behaviour
- Express their feelings and emotions in a non-reactive way
- Manage their anxiety, stress and panic attacks
- Understand themselves more fully
- Communicate effectively
- Stop obsessive thinking
- Make better choices
You may be struggling but you don’t have to cope alone. Counselling can provide you with a safe, neutral and confidential place where you can be yourself, free from judgement. Together, we can explore the possible causes and triggers of your anxiety or distress. I will work with you to develop effective coping strategies. In the process, you can discover the tools that can help you to manage stressful situations in the future.
The idea of talking to a complete stranger about your problems may feel strange. Perhaps you fear not being understood or misinterpreted and that this will add to your stress? Having been in the client chair, I know what it’s like to be the client. I aim to show my clients the same attentiveness, presence and compassion I was lucky enough to receive when I sought my own personal therapy.
You don’t have to be in crisis to seek counselling. If you are not feeling at peace with your life, or you just sense that having someone to talk to could bring about real change in your life, then now is the right time to talk to me.
Due to our relationship histories and the negative cycles we get into with our partners, 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 a lot of pain, injury and despair.
The main aim of couples counselling with me is to work on exploring those patterns and work on changing the negative interactions between you.
My counselling approach is humanistic and relational. I respect and value each person as the unique human being they are. I place great emphasis on the relationship between myself and the client, since it is the relationship between us which provides the healing benefit. Working with the ‘whole person’ and not the ‘label’ is my philosophy and this lies at the heart of my approach.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a natural curiosity about human nature. My first counselling role was working for Camden City Islington Westminster Bereavement Service. To be able to offer a safe and confidential space for people to explore and give voice to their painful feelings and difficult emotions, to listen attentively and walk alongside someone as they navigate their way through the grieving process, is a life-affirming experience, and one I feel very privileged to have experienced.
Choosing the right Counsellor for you
From personal experience, I know that choosing a counsellor who is the right ‘fit’ is crucial. In order to help you decide whether we could work together, do please feel free to give me a telephone call, text or email me so that I can answer any concerns or questions you may have. If you reach my voicemail, leave a short message or text me and I promise to return your call or text as soon as I can.
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: £50 per session - 1 hour
Couples: £60 per session - 1 hour 15 mins
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|