About me

Due to the current situation of the world, and the new restriction that have been applied on to our everyday life, all counselling sessions going forward will be done via the phone. I am able to facilitate sessions via telephone, video call or skype, what ever you feel is right for YOU!

Each counselling session will be pre booked, I will call you at the arranged date and time. Each session will last 50 minutes, payment is to be made prior to the counselling session via bank transfer or PayPal.

In essence, the counselling work I do with all of my clients is the same as it would be done face to face. The first session is the assessment session, this is where we negotiate what days, times and format you would like your counselling sessions to be booked  going forward. I also email, or send a photo to you of the counselling contract, this outlines the work we will be doing together, the agreement we are entering into, the confidentiality act and data protection. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to there polices and procedures, this gives quality assurance in terms of YOU the client, knowing you are working with a fully trained professional.

I am passionate about the work I do with clients, I believe in the power of the individual, with the work and commitment the client puts into the working relationship with the counsellor, the client can experiance real change and empowerment. The feedback I have had from my clients has shown evidence in the theraputic relationship and self development gained from my clients while in their counselling sessions. At MY mind matters the client is valued and respected no matter what background, ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, or personal beliefs . Each client is unique and valued in their own skin, each client has the right to feel understood, heard and supported while working with me at MY mind matters.

if you would like to contact me regarding counselling sessions, please do get in touch where we can negotiate what works best for you going forward for your counselling sessions.

kind regards

Maria Yvars

CEO and Founder of  MY mind matters

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • Supporting Children with Bereavement
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Working with metaphor with children
  • Mentoring
  • Experiance working with clients who have;
  • addictions and attachment issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Suicidal Tendancys
  • Self-harm
  • Anger Management
  • Mental Heath
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Abuse
  • Historical Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Low self esteem

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experiance working with children, Young Adults, Adults and Elderly clients. I worked as a school counsellor for Place2be and worked at South Essex homes seeing clients with varied presenting issues. I now work and support my local community at MY mind matters by offering counselling sessions on a sliding scale, dependent on the client's income status.

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Fees for counselling service at MY mind matters varies, dependent on the clients personal income.


Due to the covid-19 I am now offering all counselling sessions via phone or video call. if you would like more information please call 07539193400

Further information

For key workers and people on low incomes, evidence may be required


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

as I work from diffrent hubs 3 times a week, some of my venues have wheelchair access and some do not. Please call to discuss individual needs

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