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Maria Russo - Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) MBACP

Guildford GU1 & Lightwater GU18
07816 517913 07816 517913
Guildford GU1 & Lightwater GU18

About me

Covid -19 update

"During these difficult times, the safety of all is paramount.

In line with the recommendations from the authorities and according to NHS and BACP latest guidance on face to face interactions, I am now offering to my clients telephone or online therapy until the situation will improve sufficiently.

I understand that many of you may have concerns but I have an ethical duty to prevent harm to clients and their families. As such I feel that I have to do what I can to prevent the spread of the virus while still offering my services to people that need help addressing mental health issues.

I already have a lot of experience in telephone or online therapy. I ensure that you will receive the same level of exceptional care and service that I offer during face to face contacts.

Our virtual therapy sessions can be available across different platforms; you and I will discuss the approach most suited to you. Once our virtual therapy session is booked and your preferred platform is chosen, I will provide you with guidance so you can connect with me on the day and time of the therapy.

I very much appreciate your help and understanding during this challenging period and look forward to working with you."

Life is full of challenges and problems difficult to address that make us sometimes feeling unable to figure out what to do.

Counselling can really change your life by giving you the opportunity to share your concerns with someone skilled at listening who can help you come to terms with emotions or other issues troubling your life.

My name is Maria, a fully qualified counsellor (BA Hons) and registered practitioner (MBACP) providing counselling and psychotherapy to young people (16 years+), individuals and couples.

I offer a safe, calm and compassionate environment, where you and I talk freely without being judged or criticised. I will help you to understand what is happening and why, explore and interpret the underlying causes. Together we will examine ways of dealing with the issues and move forward. It is a joint effort where we work to overcome your difficult times and achieve long term positive changes in your life.

In addition to my private practice, I am a member of The Eaves Counselling and Psychological Services in Surrey, I work as assessor at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Guildford and deliver short term solution focused counselling for the NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) department in Surrey.

I support young people (16 years of age and over), individuals and couples, as well as group therapy together with another qualified counsellor, on a variety of issues:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • low self-esteem
  • rape or sexual abuse
  • anger management
  • manic depression
  • bullying and domestic violence
  • self-harm
  • sexual orientation
  • relationship counselling
  • couple counselling
  • affairs and betrayals
  • separation and divorce
  • trauma
  • addictions
  • bipolar disorders
  • eating disorders
  • disability
  • pet bereavement
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

I provide specialist support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse during their healing process and have specific experience working with young people age 16-24.

I offer you:

  • A passionate focus in helping you to achieve you best potential
  • A realistic approach on searching for long term solutions whilst achieving measurable results as quickly as possible
  • A supportive attitude where you and I work together in partnership to achieve change
  • A commitment to using tools and therapeutic approaches tailored to suit your specific situations
  • Flexible schedule, to fit your individual needs. Timing and locations of the therapy sessions will be agreed and can be adapted as your needs change
  • An enthusiastic qualified therapist interested in continuous learning.

I can provide a flexible schedule, including evenings and Saturday mornings and in locations within very easy reach from the M3, A30 and A3, in the areas of North Hants, Fleet, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Yateley and surrounding areas, as well as Lightwater, Ascot, Sunningdale, Bagshot, Camberley, Frimley, Farnborough, Guildford, Godalming and surrounding Surrey areas.

Wheelchair access is available in Lightwater and Guildford.

COVID-19 update: NHS, BACP and government advice is to avoid close contact and offer e-counselling as the preferred option

You can contact me via Email: sunshinecounsellinguk@outlook.com or on 07816517913 to discuss your needs.

How I work

Transactional Analysis (Berne, 1910-1970) is the main theory supporting my therapeutic approach, “a theory of personality and a systematic psychotherapy for personal growth and personal change” (Stewart & Joines, 1997).

TA is a talking therapy where sessions are used to explore your personality and how your experiences, especially in childhood, shaped it.
TA is recognised as a modern form of psychology that incorporates elements of humanistic, person centred, integrative, psychodynamic therapies into a very versatile therapy that can help on a vast range of issues and problems, in treatment of all types of psychological disorders, from everyday living problems to severe psychosis.

You and I would work directly on here and now, addressing and solving problematic behaviours, helping you to find solution with the ultimate goal to ensure you regain absolute autonomy over your life.

I combine TA with the Re-decision therapy (Goulding & Goulding, 1917-1992) in a hybrid of Gestalt and TA that helps clients achieve a change in emotions and behaviours that counteract old decisions.

I use a variety of tools and creative techniques to help you to improve your life and to live it more fully.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and of the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP).

I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and validated by the University of Middlesex, as well as a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and validated by the University of Middlesex

My approach is Humanistic, Person Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, I specialise and particularly focus on Transactional Analysis.

I also hold the following certificates:

  • L2 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling (CPCAB)
  • L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
  • L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Certificate of Transactional Analysis 101 from ITA(Institute of Transactional Analysis)

I hold a Diploma in Psychology of Human Development.

I have worked for an organisation that helps homeless young people and am currently supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse and domestic violence.

I can work in English and Italian language.

The ethical guidelines that underpin my work are defined by the BACP (http://www.bacp.co.uk/about_bacp/).

I am committed to improving the quality of my service by attending regular one to one or group supervision sessions and participating regularly to specific workshops and training courses.

The Continual Professional Development workshops attended are the following:

  • Animal Assisted Therapy(AAT) on going
  • Attachment  and Loss
  • Bereavement
  • Body Psychotherapy Dissociation
  • Companion Animal loss
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
  • Loss and Grief
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Working Creatively
  • Working with Suicide and Self Harm
  • Working with Shame
  • Trauma
  • Group Therapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Couple counselling
Relationship counselling


Fees (depending on time and location)

From £50 individual session.

From £70 couple counselling.

First session will be one hour.

Further information

The number of sessions I offer depends on the individual needs. 

This can be discussed and agreed in the first session.  

Concessions can be agreed in special circumstances.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Italian


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.

Wheelchair user access


Locations in Surrey and North Hants,  e-counselling; 5 days/week, including evenings


NHS, BACP and government advice is to avoid close contact and offer e-counselling

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Maria Russo -  Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) MBACP

Maria Russo - Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) MBACP