Maria Oliveira RMBACP
84 College Road
Welcome to my counselling directory page. My name is Maria and I am a qualified integrative counsellor. Meaning that I work with an amalgam of theories that I can apply to each client as my clients often come with complex range of issues I work with what theory/theories that may be appropriate for them on an individual level.
As a Counsellor I am often asked; "What kind of problems do people bring to Counselling?" People go to Counselling for all kinds of reasons; following a bereavement or divorce, stress at work or school, depression or low self-esteem. There are many other factors that can leave people feeling alone and overwhelmed with hopelessness.
Some people just want help with a life transition- we are often told"life begins at 40", but for many this also can mean a identity or purpose crises.This can be a time to examine and re-evaluate ourselves and aspects of our lives.
Another difficult time is the Teenage years when the transition from childhood to adult world takes place and does also responsibility, this can be a very critical time for a young person, were in so many cases there's a sense of loss.Using mindfulness helps them accept and discover who and where they are at that time.
Counselling is a healing process, some say it heals the Soul, some say it heals the spirit others say it heals your heart, all it's needed it's a willingness within to receive this healing , that's given on a non-judgmental, emphatic , congruent and unconditional positive regard and in a place where the client is given permission to be 100%individual self. I work ethically following the BACP ethical framework which covers all aspects of working in an ethical way.
What are the benefits?- Counselling has frequently been referred to as a journey taken inwardly, and, like most journeys, it has its high and low points, with interesting landscapes to enjoy at times and bumpy rides. Counselling is a process that can lead to personal development, self-awareness and personal growth.
About Coaching--- I normally say Coaching is to think outside the box or to visualize your "perfect" self and work towards that goal. Whether in a personal or professional level,Coaching enables you to reach the best you can be.Coaching is; helping you to get to from where you are now to where you want to be!
I consider myself a warm person and open-minded counsellor, who places much focus on the working relationship between client and therapist. To unravel all of the layers of a personality I think it is important to establish trust in the partnership before moving on to deeper exploration of a client. I like my client to feel that I am with them, sat by their side, in order to achieve a non-judgmental environmental for them to open up. I also put focus on the client leading the session to suit their needs, as I understand that they will have the best knowledge about themselves and who they would like to become as a happy and whole human being.
Futhermore, I am bilingual, I speak two languages Portuguese and English. My training was in secondary schools and addiction and therefore feel that I have specific expertise in these areas.I am also the Founder of a project called Second Home,please see more on my website regarding this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Integrative Counselling
Personal Performance Diploma in Coaching(distinction)
NLP introduction course (Neurological Linguistic Programme)
CRI Certificate / Training in Safeguarding & Boundaries
Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Harm Minimisation & Safer Injecting
Domestic violence training with The Separation And Reunion Forum
2 day event on basic life coaching(certificate)
Bereavement Training with St.Christopher's (certificate)
6 week training in mindfulness
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My initial training has been with adolescents (group support as well as 'one to one' therapy)
as well as with adults in addiction,further to that I have work with ; general anxiety, depression, bereavement, attachments ,domestic violence, childhood trauma, stress , relationships, low self-esteem.
I been working in schools with under 18s, with parental issues as well as children issues; sometimes the challenges of being a parent is demanding in our society and can create various issues to both parents and children.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
£25-£50 for a one to one 50 minute session
reduce price for 10 sessions or more, assessments are @35.00
special prices for people on low income
I am at the present setting up a project call "A second Home"this is a projec to work with the community for the community,Second Home first step is "building Bonds" a 6-10 weeks workshops to work with young people ,parents and carers ,this is to promote the emotional Wellbeing and Developing the quality of the relationship between parents/carers and their own children, at such a fragile time of the Development of Self.
Support group therapy for women or young people also available.
I am a member of (BACP) British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I am fully insured via Holistic Services to work professionally and ethically.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
monday to saturday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|