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Maria Wieczorek BSc (Hons) Psych. Adv. Dip. Couns. (MBPsS, MBACP Registered)

About me

What I can offer:

I am an experienced BACP Registered integrative psychotherapist/counsellor with a degree in psychology. I work at The Walsingham Clinic in Truro on Saturdays and some evenings and a clinic in the St Austell area Monday-Friday evenings. I work under the business name of  Phoenix Counselling Cornwall. My fees are on a sliding scale between £25 and £35 per therapeutic hour (50 mins), depending on financial circumstances. Students are offered the concessional rate and initial assessments are charged at £20 per therapeutic hour.

I am a down to earth therapist with deep yet grounded empathy for others. I offer a safe, confidential and caring environment for my clients to be heard and validated. With me you can be you. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties of all kinds (on a 1-1 basis), eating disorders, OCD, transgender, trauma and bereavement (not exhaustive list) across a wide spectrum of ages.

I tend to work in an integrative manner, meaning that I amalgamate different theories (see below) to compliment the client's needs. I can offer both long term and short term therapy, depending on your requirements. Sessions are recommended to be no less than once a week for a minimum of 6 weeks, but I am flexible and we would plan your therapy together.

The sessions are 1-1 in a comfortable room in either the centre of Truro, with rear access to a multi-storey car park should you prefer not to walk through the town, and in a quiet location with adjoining parking in St Austell.

A little about me:

Born and raised in the Clay Country in Cornwall, I returned to the county following my graduation from university.

From an early age, I knew I wanted to work in the field of psychology because the human mind is a powerful, fascinating and wonderful thing, even though it isn't perfect. I began my training with A-Level Psychology at Cornwall College in St Austell and then went on to complete a Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Lincoln.

With a continued passion for psychology and a deep empathy for others, I decided to train as a counsellor. My AQA, JCQ and QCA accredited Advanced Diploma in Counselling training was integrative, covering Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic. I am also trained in Loss, Separation and Trauma.

Between Autumn 2012 and Winter 2014 I set up and lead the "Psychology in the Pub" events in Truro for the South West Branch of the British Psychological Society (BPS), before finally stepping down to pursue other ventures. These events will hopefully be resurrected in Cornwall in the future.

Please see the links below for further information on Phoenix Counselling Cornwall and The Walsingham Clinic:


Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Registered psychotherapist with the following qualifications:-

  • Bachelor of Science Honours Degree (BSc Hons Psycho.) in Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Advanced Diploma in integrative counselling/psychotherapy (Adv. Dip. Couns. Psych.), with focus on Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), loss, separation and trauma.
  • TA101 Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Training in therapy is continuous to ensure up-to-date and accurate knowledge.

I have completed workshop training in the following fields:-

  • Personality Types & Adaptations
  • Bullying & Harassment
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Abuse Awareness
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorder Awareness
  • Self-Harm Awareness
  • The Defended Self: some psychoanalytic perspectives
  • A Psychoanalytical Exploration of Memory & Ageing
  • Working with Dreams

I am a member of both the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


My fees are on a sliding scale of £25 - £35 per therapeutic hour (50 minutes), depending on financial circumstances and the initial assessment is charged at £20 for a therapeutic hour.

Further information

Why have counselling?
Counselling offers something that is positive and constructive. It allows you to be yourself and to talk freely about whatever is facing you, without fear of criticism or judgement. It can lead to a more balanced view and helps identify options and choices where previously none may have seemed to exist.

Please contact me to discuss your situation in confidence.

Which technique is right
for you?
I provide an integrative therapy service and cover a wide range of issues, using the following therapy techniques:

Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Psychodynamic Therapy

For a detailed explanation of what each technique involves, please visit my website www.phoenixcounsellingcornwall.co.uk

As I am an integrative therapist, therapy plans do not necessarily have to be strictly focused on one theory or another, but can be made up of relevant parts best suited to you.

The sessions are your time to be heard and validated in a confidential setting where you can expect to be accepted for being you.

St Austell

The Walsingham Clinic
2 Walsingham Place

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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 Unspecified


I have a clinic in Truro and St Austell Monday-Wednesday evenings.

Types of client

Older adults
Maria Wieczorek BSc (Hons) Psych. Adv. Dip. Couns. (MBPsS, MBACP Registered)

Maria Wieczorek BSc (Hons) Psych. Adv. Dip. Couns. (MBPsS, MBACP Registered)

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