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(MBACP) Taking Strides Counselling

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.

My counselling is tailored to you.

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.

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


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£15 initial session up to 50 minutes

£40 per one hour session

I believe that counselling should be available to everyone, if you need support whilst on low income please contact me to discuss this further

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please contact me regarding availability.

I an offering face-to-face, telephone and video counselling.

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.

I offer video and telephone sessions alongside face to face to give you the option if you are finding it difficult to leave home for any reason. Or we can walk and talk, being outside in nature can sometimes give us the peace we need to open up.

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

The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX

Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

My room is on the ground floor of the building, there are no stairs and there are toilets available for all

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces