Maria O'Brien MBACP (Accred) Director Online Training For Counsellors Ltd

Maria O'Brien MBACP (Accred)  Director Online Training For Counsellors Ltd

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About me

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and a Director/Tutor of Online Training for counsellors Ltd.

My practice offers short term Counselling and longer term Supervision online and face to face.

I pride myself on providing a down to earth approach in an environment built on genuine principles of warmth, trust, mutual respect and humour.
Over the years I have trained in a variety of counselling modalities which enables us to choose a way of working that may be best suited to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Skills
  • Post Graduate training in Attachment Theory
  • Post Graduate training in Solution Focused Brief therapy.

        Supervision Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Assecentis certified clinical supervisor.
  • Online qualifications
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Online counselling.
  • Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision.

I'm aware that people generally access counselling in times of distress. Sometimes the nature of that distress is clear and can center around issues of Loss, Depression, Relationship Breakdown (couple, parental,sibling) sexual abuse and Self Harm. Occasionally the nature of the distress we experience may not be related to a specific issue, all we know is that everyday life has changed and it's a struggle to be part of it.

As a practitioner I appreciate the uniqueness of every individual and respect that people work at their own pace to achieve their realistic predetermined therapeutic outcomes. As an independent counsellor who has spent many years in private and organisational practice I'm aware that, in some cases, this can be done in a relatively short time and for others it may take longer.

Through my existing broad training I have gained extensive experience of working with clients of all ages with multiple concerns in a way that is flexible and adaptable to their specific requirements. Over the years I have developed a practice that offers long term psychotherapy, medium short term counselling and solution focused brief therapy. If you feel you would like to make an appointment I can be contacted either by email or by telephone using the number above. Should I be unable to take your call there is an answer machine which only I have access to so please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

Through my work with young people I have gained experience of working with the difficulties the transition from child to adolescent can bring and the effects this has on the parent child/adolescent relationship. For many young people this can be a time when they are trying to negotiate and manage different pressures such as friendships, school, exams and family distress whilst trying to form their own identity. This can be a difficult stage of development and some young people struggle to confide in and turn to family and friends for support. In such cases Counselling provides a space where young people can be heard and through the work access and develop their own coping strategies for the present and the future.

*Please note I do not offer online counselling to people under the age of 18.


Face to face

Counselling £50.00 per hour

Supervision £50.00 per hour


Counselling-- instant message via Skype or email £45.00p/h

Supervision-- Instant message or email £45.00p/h

Payment for Face to face sessions can be made either by cash at the end of the session or via bank transfer before the session. Please note I no longer accept cheques.

Payment for online sessions is requested prior to sessions and can be made via bank transfer, details of which will be provided once a working agreement has been established.

Discount for trainee counsellors and young people under the age of 18 may be available.

Further information

As an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online I abide by their code of ethics, a copy of which can be located by logging onto

Maps & Directions

Basingstoke, RG24

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

As an experienced online supervisor I see myself as being a support to the counsellor within a collaborative process where the space is used to reflect on what happens in the counselling room.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:No
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