Maria Stride (MBACP) - Taking Strides Counselling

Maria Stride (MBACP) - Taking Strides Counselling

The For All Healthy Living Centre
68 Lonsdale Avenue
BS23 3SJ


07899 267938 / 07471 932413

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About me

My name is Maria and the aim of Taking Strides Counselling is to offer you a warm and compassionate space where we can work together to explore your inner world. We can look at ways of coping with difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions and/or situations you may be struggling with. We will go at a pace which suits you and this can be short or long-term there is no time limit as to when you will feel ready to end counselling. By learning who you are we can move forward to where it is you want to be, whether this is accepting yourself or coping with particular emotions or situations.

My counselling is tailored to you as I believe there is no one size fits all. By working in this way I can adapt to you and offer you the type of counselling you need rather than what I think will work which may include creative work, worksheets and mindfulness. You are the one who knows what to bring and you are my guide in your inner world

By searching for a counsellor you have made a step toward healing yourself or you may just want to learn coping strategies, whatever it is counselling may help. I have a wealth of personal life experience and although I may not know how you feel because each of us feels differently these helps me to understand more of what you are bringing to our sessions.

Through my professional career, I have learnt the importance of developing a relationship with my client. The relationship once established helps you to open up and explore your world knowing that you are unjudged and that I am right beside you. It helps to build trust in your counsellor and this can help you feel at ease.

Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation Degree in Counselling through Bath Spa University/University Centre Weston

I am a registered member of the BACP and I am fully insured

To further educate myself I undertake training which allows me to learn new skills and to further my knowledge.

I have a wealth of personal life experience which helps me to understand more about people's inner world without thinking I know better. Each of us feels in a different way so even if I have been through the same experience it will be different from the way you experienced it.

I have worked with learning difficulties and mental health and this has helped to shape the way I approach my clients. It has helped me understand how important the relationship is within the counselling room

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£15 initial session up to 50 minutes

£25 per 50 minute session

£135 Block booking of six sessions- a saving of £15

Further information

I can be contacted at anytime. If I do not answer please feel free to leave me a message with your contact details and the best time to call and I will get back to you asap.

Remember you have taken the hardest step by searching for support and you are stronger than you believe. I look forward to hearing from you

Maps & Directions

Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ
Weston-super-Mare, BS24

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

The building is flat on the ground floor and there is lift access to the room


Please contact me for available times

Types of client

Older adults