Maria Whyte Dip (Couns) MBACP
Life can feel really hard at times. You may experience strong emotional reactions that you find challenging to sit with and work through. You may sense that a part of you wants to move on, while another holds you back and there is an conflict taking place within. At times when we feel overwhelmed, stuck or out of balance, counselling may be just what is needed, to support you through.
I offer a compassionate, safe and confidential place where you can explore what is going on for you without fear or judgement. You are in charge of the pace of the session and you don't have to talk about anything you don't feel comfortable to share. You and your timing will be treated with care and respect.
I have worked with clients who are experiencing :
low self esteem
the effects of abuse
It might take a little time to decide which counsellor feels right for you, and I would invite you to trust your instincts. I consider it a privilege to walk with a client on their journey, so if the timing feels right for you now, and if you would like to explore an initial session, please do get in touch so that you can see if I feel like the right fit for you.
All sessions cost £45 for 50 minutes. There is no requirement to book multiple sessions all in one go.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (Level 4)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 3)
Certificate of Proficiency awarded by the BACP
I am a qualified counsellor with a number of years of experience working with clients who have had issues relating to stress, depression, bereavement and loss, anxiety, low-self esteem, sexual abuse and relationship difficulties.
Alongside my private practice, I work as a volunteer counsellor with a counselling charity. I also work as a Mental Health Champion with a local authority and work collaboratively with them to provide signposting support for staff and a mental health action plan for all their employees.
I am committed to my continued professional development as a therapist and regularly attend training courses to increase my awareness and knowledge.
Continual Personal Development Training :
- Self Harming
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Spirituality and the Therapist
- Psychological Impact of Sexual Violence on Survivors and Partners
- Surviving Sexual Abuse
- Effect of Sexual Abuse
- Living and Working with Dissociation
- Working with Disorganised Attachment
- Trauma and the Body - Somatisation and Dissociation
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Attachment Theory
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Working with Relational Trauma
- Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence and Teenagers
- Working Through Blocks
- Trusting the Process of Therapy
- Emotional Intelligence
- The Power of Choice
- Emotional Growth
- Working with Clients with a Mental Health Diagnosis
- The Language of Love
- Power in the Room with Counselling Clients
- The Wounded Child Within
- Silence and Fear
- Focussing Psychotherapy with The London Focussing Institute
- Body Listening Course with the Brighton School for Embodied Therapy.
- Mental Health in the Workplace
- Narcissism and the effect of narcissistic care givers on children
- Rosen Method introductory workshop
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I work within the professional guidelines and ethical framework of the BACP.
I am DBS checked and hold a DBS Certificate.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I practice mindfulness and meditate on a regular basis as part of my own private self care practice.
As such, my ability to remain calm and be in the present moment is naturally present in my work with clients.
Concessions offered for
The cost of a counselling with me is £45 for each 50 minute session.
At this time, I am unable to take payment on credit card, so please pay by cheque or cash at the time of your session. Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer on the day of the session.
Cancellation Policy: cancellations with more than 48 hours notice will not incur a fee. However if a session is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a fee of £45 will be charged.
Normally I offer thursday evenings and friday day and evening.
However because of lock down, I have more availability, so please do get in touch.
What is my approach to counselling?
I am a qualified person centred counsellor. One of the principles of this type of counselling is that the client is the expert. The space that I offer is one that would support you to feel free from threat, both physically and psychologically. By offering this environment, it affords the opportunity for trust to be developed within the therapeutic relationship. Trust is essential to enable you to be confident in exploring your world and how things are feeling for you. In offering you a safe space to explore and in developing trust within the therapeutic relationship, you can develop the confidence you need to change makes positive changes to your life that improve your wellbeing.
How Many Sessions Will You Need?
As individuals, it is difficult to pre determine how many sessions will be right for you. I work on the premise that we take it one step at a time. There is no requirement to book multiple sessions in advance. At the end of each session, we will discuss how you feel about continuing and if you want to book a session for the following week. As such, you are in control of how many sessions you have and you can end at a time that feels right for you.
Is What You Say Confidential?
Confidentiality is a very important factor of the therapeutic relationship. Ensuring that your information is treated with respect and held in accordance with the Data Protection Act is essential to offering you the space in which you can feel safe and supported. However if I believe that you or someone else you bring into the session is at risk of serious harm, I would initially want to explore this further with you. But in order to maintain my duty of care to you and others, it may be necessary to breach confidentiality in extenuating circumstances.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07771 940230.