Maria Wilch - Registered MBACP (Accredited) Individuals and Couples
I am a BACP Registered Accredited counsellor with 23 years experience, and continue to feel very privileged to work with individuals, couples, children/young people, and counselling students through personal therapy and clinical supervision. My experience includes pioneering primary and secondary school counselling in Sussex, supervising trainee and qualified counsellors, working with further education students, within clinical settings and establishing a thriving private practice.
I never underestimate how important the first step is, and it is important to me that you feel secure and comfortable. For this reason I offer a FREE 30 minute initial meeting to discuss your needs, provide relevant information, for you to ask questions, and decide whether I’m the right therapist for you.
I have extensive experience in supporting people with personal trauma (including early years), relationship issues, family issues, loss and bereavement, depression (including post natal depression), generalized anxiety, identity issues, feeling sad/low mood, panic disorder, OCD, life transitions, separation and divorce, health issues, personal development, and self-confidence and esteem. In addition to my work with individual adults and couples, I have extensive experience in working with children, young people and families, with training in art and play therapy techniques, together with work with Looked After Children (LAC), and supervising the work of qualified therapists, and working therapeutically with Foster Parents, to support their relationships with children/young people in their care.
In addition to a FREE 30 minute initial meeting, I offer fee concessions to counselling students requiring personal therapy or clinical supervision.
My practice is informed by Mindfulness, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Systemic therapies, and DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) for children with relationship difficulties.
I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.
Please see my website - sussexcounsellingservice.co.uk and entry on the BACP Therapist Directory (bacp.co.uk)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered/accredited BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) counsellor with 23 years experience, working with individual adults, couples and families within my private practice and clinical settings. With extensive experience of working with children and young people within schools and further education college, and within my private practice. In addition I support Counselling Students through personal therapy and clinical supervision of counselling placements.
I am a qualified experienced clinical supervisor, offering supervision to Students, Trainees and Qualified Counsellors.
My professional qualifications are:
- Post Grad Dip in Counselling (1995-97) - University of Brighton
- MA in Counselling Studies (1997-99) - University of Brighton
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2000-01) - Sussex University
- Post Grad Cert in Applied Systemic Theory (2007-08) - University of East London and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- Cert in Therapeutic Play Skills and Child Psychotherapy (art and play therapy) (2004) - Chichester Univeristy
Professional Training informing practice:
- Certificate in Brief Solution Focused Therapy (2006) - Brief Therapy Centre, London
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2007)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (2011)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 (2017)
In addition, as a BACP Registered Accredited counsellor I undergo a minimum of 30 hours Continued Professional Development, which includes professional counselling/psychotherapy workshops and training.
I also attend regular clinical supervision, and my own personal therapy when required.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work with Looked After Children (LAC) and Foster Carers:
Experienced in working with children in care/looked after children (LAC) and providing personal therapy to Foster Carers.
I have extensive experience of providing clinical supervision to counsellors working with children in care. This work is informed by my DDP training (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) alongside other relevant continued professional training around attachment and the neurosciences.
FREE 30 minute initial meeting.
Adult/Children/Young People (50 minutes) - £45.00
Counselling Students - with fee concessions (50 minutes) - £40.00
Couples (50 minutes) - £55.00
Family Counselling (50 minutes) - £65.00
Supervision - £50.00 per hour (fee concessions for Counselling Students)
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.
I attend regular clinical supervision, and my own personal therapy as required.
My Consulting Room is nestled within the village of Rodmell, only 4 miles from Lewes, set within the beautiful National Park, with views to the South Downs. Private and calm environment. Convenient to Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne and surrounding areas. Parking is available. There is a bus service from Lewes and Newhaven (Bus Services 123 and 132).