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

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

St Austell

The Walsingham Clinic
2 Walsingham Place

(01872) 263 163 / 07561801709

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St Austell

The Walsingham Clinic
2 Walsingham Place

(01872) 263 163 / 07561801709

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


Accredited register membership


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

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.

Maps & Directions

St Austell, PL26
Truro, TR1 2RP

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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

Types of client

Older adults