Maria Roberts (Dip.Therapeutic Counselling. Registered Member MBACP)
Who I work with
I work on a one-to-one basis with adults and young people who might be suffering from low self- worth, anxiety, stress, depression, confusion, trauma, bereavement, negative life or behaviour patterns, people who feel they have lost their direction in life or feel like they don’t fit in. I offer a complimentary 30 minute session in order for you to decide if I am the right person for you to work with.
The way I work
I am qualified in the Person-Centred approach. This means that as your counsellor, I will be non-judgemental, accepting and I will try to see the world through your eyes. I will be as genuine as I can and offer you the space you need to find the answers you are looking for. I will not tell you what I think you should do or who I think you should be. Instead, I will utilise therapeutic listening skills to support you on your journey of discovery and self-actualisation. I will respect your innate ability to know what is best for yourself and will be with you throughout the process, which is often a difficult one.
A typical session
A typical session is 50 minutes long and should be taken up mostly by you, the client, talking. As your therapist I will respond appropriately but the time is yours to be heard. At times, it may be appropriate to bring in some ideas and techniques from other modes of counselling such as CBT, MBCT, Transactional Analysis (TA) and the Psychodynamic approach. I will always be open about using these techniques and will ask you if you wish to work with them as this is your journey and you are in control of your own process.
Number of sessions
Initially I offer between 6 – 12 sessions. However, some people feel that they need longer to explore in more depth. I will offer a review towards the end of therapy and if you should feel that you would like to continue for longer, then this can be arranged.
Other things to expect
Sometimes it takes time to feel the benefits of counselling and it is common for people to feel worse before they feel better. Learning to trust another adult with your emotions can also take time. It is often the case that it takes quite a few sessions before deep emotions and problems start to surface. For some people, being able to talk to someone who is genuinely listening is a very powerful but unusual experience and it can take time to get used to this.
Any progress you make in counselling is down to you. You deserve the credit for all the hard work. You may feel like your counsellor has made the changes but change can only happen from within. We can only ever change ourselves.
If you feel unsure about something
As your counsellor, I welcome you to ask questions about the process and question anything that you feel uncomfortable about. I will not judge you but will endeavour to work through the issues with you.
What to expect from your complimentary 30 minute session
This 30 minute session is an opportunity for us to meet and to make a decision about whether we think we can work together. I will explain in greater detail what to expect from the sessions and my way of working and will show you the contract that I would like both of us to sign.
It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the process.
If we feel I am the wrong therapist for you, then I can help refer you to someone more appropriate for your needs.
Where the counselling will take place
I practice from home and offer a comfortable, private and confidential space to hold the sessions. There is a toilet available for client use. Please be aware that there is no waiting area, should you bring someone else along.
The property is relatively accessible. The counselling room is accessed from the outside but there is a small lip over the threshold into the counselling room. I will be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail in order to make appropriate arrangements.
Parking and public transport
There is ample parking on the road outside the property and the village is on a regular bus route.
Some final thoughts.....
The process of change never ends. We are fluid creatures who are constantly faced with life’s fluctuations. Being open to and aware of these fluctuations can greatly enhance our psychological wellbeing. Knowing what we need to support us through these changes is a step towards knowing ourselves and loving ourselves. Accessing counselling in not a sign of weakness but an indication that you are being brave, taking an honest look at yourself, your relationships and your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2018)
- DBS - Enhanced Certificate (Issued March 2018)
- Trained to teach .B mindfulness course to teenagers (2015)
- Qualified Teacher Status (1997)
- CLCM Grad Dip (Hons) in Jazz, Contemporary and Popular music (1995)
- 20 years teaching experience (10 years of which were in a school for children with Social Emotional and Mental Health problems)
- Experience counselling adults and teenagers.
- TA101 Introduction to Transactional Analysis (2019)
- Working with suicidal clients workshop. The Therapy Rooms (2019)
- Inner Child workshop. The Therapy Rooms (2019)
- Application of adult attachment Interview with Daniel Siegel, MD (COPD,2020)
- Healing from the bottom up:Resource States in Trauma work ft. Peter Levine (COPD, 2020)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per 50 minute session