My name is Maria Smith and I am a fully qualified counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I had been a qualified counsellor for 8 years. I have a rich pallet of counselling experiences with individuals and young people in various settings such as private practice, fostering, looked after children and young people, schools, youth centres, churches, charities and non-profit organisations. I consider myself to be a unique therapist with experience in both secular and spiritual worlds. My own belief is that all people are born to be good and achieve in life, however, we are conditioned by our environments and those around us. This is the therapeutic frame in which I work as a humanistic, person-centred counsellor. I also believe that we function on many different levels such as physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and all these levels seek to find harmony (integrate and communicate) and which can be overwhelming, but not impossible to establish.
I speak three languages at native level and have offered counselling in these languages which was both interesting and very rewarding. I value each and every client regardless of their identity, status or ethnicity. I aim to be non-judgmental, confidential and to provide a safe and healthy environment to develop relationships with my clients.
I have a particular interest in: attachment issues, trauma, identity, family dynamics and family matters. I also have a personal interest in Mental Health and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere totally to the BACP professional and ethical framework. I have professional indemnity insurance and I work in the historic City of Rochester, Kent.
I offer both long term and short term counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) member (MBACP), member of the voluntary accredited register http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/result_details.php?personid=1213046
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Lev 4 CPCAB 2009
- Certificate in Counselling Studies Lev 3 CPCAB 2005
- Certificate in Counselling Skills Lev 2 2005
- Certificate of attending: The Fragile Self: working with narcissistic vulnerability, grandiosity, shame and alienation
- Certificate of attending: Safeguarding Children including Child Protection 2017
- QA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (including management of catastrophic bleeding) 24th January 2017
- Certificate of attending CPD Drug and Alcohol/ Sept 2015
- Certificate of attending: Working on the Trauma Continuum/ Oct 2015
- Certificate in attending: Secure Base Model Training/ Feb 2016
- Certificate attending workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent/ June 2017
- Certificate of attending Lego Therapy Training/ Dec 2013
- Certificate of attending CPD Working with Creative Arts/ May 2014
- Certificate of attending CPD Growth in the Darkness (use of creative arts)/ June 2014
- Certificate of Attendance "Working with the Bereaved"/ April 2000
I am committed to continuous professional development. My recent training courses include Attachment, Trauma, Drug and Alchool and working with "fragile self" working with narcisisstic vulnerability, grandiosity, shame and alienation. (Oct 2017)
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to the ethical framework for good practice in Counselling. I also currently coordinate tehrapy for a private fostering centre in Kent.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Initial Assessment- this is an informal first meeting in which I can explain more about therapy and you can also gain more insight into how we might work together. it is an opportunity to consider together different options and make arrangments that will work best for you.
My Initial Assessment Fees are £40 for individual and £50 for couples
My sessions are 50 mins long both for assessments and counselling sessions.
My Counselling Sessions fees are £40 and £50 for couples.
I offer a lower rate to Counselling students, you must check with your training provider that personal therapy with myself is accepted.
I also offer lower rate to those booking block set of 10-20 sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Romanian, Hungarian|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|