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About me

I'm not your typical therapist. ​

I'm real. I'm approachable. And I don't think therapy should be some stale, clinical, sterile experience. That sounds like a really bad therapy experience to me!

​I'm approachable and nonjudgmental, and I practice with those things in mind. I may have gone through lengthy and specific education/training to be in the role I'm in, but that doesn't make me any better than you or the "expert" of your life. You're the expert of your life... I am just trained and skilled at using naturally flowing conversation to elicit the change you're seeking.

​Judgement has no place in therapy. Period. I am honored you choose to trust me, so no way am I going to tarnish that and ruin the therapeutic relationship with judging you.

I'm willing to invest in you... are you ready to invest in yourself?

Does this sound familiar?


Face it: You have a lot going on. Anxiety is real!

You wear a lot of hats either at your job or in your personal life – or both. You compare yourself to high standards because of others around you or what you see on social media. It seems like you're always expected to be really good at something, but you’re also expected to keep up in a world full of change and constant innovation. Do you feel like you’re never doing anything for yourself? Like you're just doing everything for everyone else? In order to keep up, you feel like you have to think about so many things at the same time. Maybe you do the following without even realising it:

  • you assume the worst-case scenario
  • you procrastinate because you’re worried about failing
  • you “just know” what everyone is thinking – and it’s all negative about you
  • you find yourself thinking about the “bad stuff”
  • you always find something else to worry about​

These might be some anxiety-related struggles you can relate to: ​

  • Financial stress, Perfectionism, Trust or jealousy , Identifying your needs,
  • Creating boundaries with others, Job transition, Scrambled thoughts, Low self-esteem,
  • Over-commitment (saying “yes” to everything), Stress management, Self-doubt,
  • Procrastination and time management, Lifestyle choices, Goal-setting,
  • Social media pressure, Higher education guidance, Personal insecurities​

Do you want to be happy?

Depression is rude. It barges its way into life, uninvited, and comes in various shapes and sizes, presenting itself in varying degrees – and it’s all gross. Some people can’t get out of bed. Others can function like they always do, but things just feel cloudy for no apparent reason.

No matter where you feel like you might fall on the spectrum, I can tell you this: therapy may be your answer.

Honestly, life can get messy. Here are some things we might run into:

  • Low self-esteem, Break-up or divorce, Financial stress, Family conflict,
  • Relationship dissatisfaction or conflict, Healing from past relationships, Lack of motivation,
  • Crippling negativity, Toxic people around you, Finding passion and fulfilment, Loss of a loved one,
  • Chronic stress, Easiness to anger, Lack of engagement in hobbies, Feeling guilt or burdensome,
  • Loneliness, Lifestyle choices, Resentment, Feeling rejected

                                                      COUNT ME IN
My goal is to help you get the clarity you’re seeking and the relaxed mind you want so you can enjoy your life now. I don’t want you to spend your life anxious, as if life is happening all around you but you can’t be in the moment because you’re stuck thinking about what happened in the past or what will happen in the future.

You know therapy is an option, but do you know the lasting impact it could have on your life?

Maybe it’s time you find out.

Just reach out.

I am a qualified integrative counsellor practicing in South East London. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

What to expect in your first session: Approaching the idea of starting therapy for the first time, or again, can be an uncertain place to be in. First counselling session gives you space to get to know me better and ask therapy related questions you feel are important in making your decision. It is also where you can tell me more about yourself and why you want to come into counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)

I am a member of BACP and I work within BACP Framework for Good Practice.

I'm an integrative therapist which means that I use person-centred counselling techniques or psychodynamic theory depending upon the needs of the individual client, rather than using one counselling approach throughout a client’s therapy experience.

I regularly attend talks, seminars and workshops to expand my knowledge, skills and understanding as a counsellor.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


SESSIONS are available

  • MONDAY-FRIDAY from 09:00-21:00
  • SATURDAY from 10:00-15:00

ASSESSMENT Fee (50 minutes)

  • Monday - Friday 09:00-17:00 £50, payable at the start/end of every session
  • Monday - Friday 17:00-21:00 £60, payable at the start/end of every session.
  • Saturday 10:00-15:00 £65, payable at the start/end of every session.

CONTINUED sessions (50 minutes)

  • Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 £60, payable at the start/end of every session
  • Monday-Friday 17:00-21:00 £65, payable at the start/end of every session
  • Saturday 10:00-15:00 £70, payable at the start/end of each session

Payment method: Cash on day, BACs payment is required the day before session.

The best way to find out if we can work together is to meet

I can be contacted via email or phone. If I am unable to take your call please leave a message with your name and time that is convenient for me to phone you back.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I am currently available to accept new clients for face to face counselling sessions.

Further information

My office is based at: Gunnery House, Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18 6SR.

Gunnery House
Royal Arsenal
SE18 6SR


Key details

Sign language
Other languages Polish
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Anchor Counselling - Maria Palej, Dip.Couns, Reg. MBACP

Anchor Counselling - Maria Palej, Dip.Couns, Reg. MBACP