Marie Cairney, MA. Relationship Therapy, MBACP - individuals, couples & families

Marie Cairney, MA. Relationship Therapy, MBACP - individuals, couples & families

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About me

Due to COVID-19 it is very clear that for the time being we must all stay home whenever possible. I am therefore, currently unable to see clients face-to-face.

I appreciate at this difficult time however, some people may feel that they need help now more than ever, and so I am available for video and telephone counselling to those looking for support.

Couples who feel that joint sessions by video conference might be difficult to manage logistically or those who are uncomfortable with the idea, please feel free to request an individual session if you think it might help.

Payments for both telephone and video conferencing are handled by bank transfer; payable prior to any arranged session.

As a professionally qualified, Relate-trained relationship specialist, I help couples; families and individuals in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire manage and enhance their relationships by improving communication and by helping them develop a better appreciation of their own and others’ relationship needs.

When facing relationship issues and crises, I work with my clients to resolve ongoing conflict, reach important decisions, and importantly; make desired changes.

Life can throw up problems that can affect even the strongest of relationships, often causing communication to breakdown just at a time when it is needed most. Working together, I support my clients in maintaining or developing a healthy relationship while these other problems are overcome.

I work confidentially with clients and my practices are conveniently located for the towns of Aylesbury, Tring, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden, and St. Albans as well as all surrounding villages.

All psychotherapists and counsellors will talk about relationships, but not all psychotherapists and counsellors specialise in relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications:

  • MA. in Relationship Therapy
  • Experienced counsellor with Relate
  • Qualified in Couple Therapy for Depression; working with IAPT
  • Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), currently working towards full accreditation.
  • MSc. in Public Relations and Communications

How I work – theoretical approach:
I am an integrative therapist in that I work both systemically with the familial, cultural and social circumstances of how problems emerge and how we communicate in relationships, and psycho-dynamically to identify some of the unconscious drivers that may be affecting how we form and maintain relationships, and how we face problems more generally.

I work collaboratively with my clients and can work both on a short-term and long-term basis dependant on their needs. My role is to actively enable my clients to realise self- knowledge and their own expertise to help solve problems.

How I work – ethics and confidentiality:
I work to the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and have regular Criminal Records Bureau checks.

I comply with data protection legislation and maintain the security of all client information. I would not normally share information from or about my clients except in very exceptional circumstances where there was good reason to be concerned about issues of safety, particularly if these related to a vulnerable individual.

As an ethical practitioner, I receive regular supervision in accordance with BACP guidance, where client confidentiality is always maintained.

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I offer day time and evening sessions on Mondays-Thursdays.

Sessions are 60 minutes. In the first session I gather detailed information about you and your needs. In this session we decide the focus of the work and if we are able to work well together.

I offer both short-term and long-term therapy. With couples and families, I always work face-to-face. For individuals, I can offer sessions by Skype if required.


£60 for a 60min session.

Further information

Whether we are single or in a couple, surrounded by a large circle of family and friends or alone; relationships are an important part of all our lives. All of us are born into relationships and we spend all our lives experiencing and managing relationships.

Relationships can make us feel loved; help us meet physical and emotional needs; offer care, support and companionship as well as enable us to feel creative, alive and passionate.

Relationship issues however, can sometimes cause us pain and distress; leave us feeling confused and anxious; induce fear, anger and hurt; and can make us feel depressed, unfulfilled and at times, lonely.

Problems in life can put stress on our relationships, requiring us to reassess them or in some cases causing them to breakdown completely.

Our relationships with others can also tell us so much about ourselves. How we relate to others is an important part of who we are and understanding this is sometimes the key to a better quality of life and a greater sense of well-being.

Seeking professional and non-judgemental counselling – either on your own or with the partner or with the family members you are experiencing difficulty with – can help make sense of relationship problems; offer strategies and solutions and provide a little bit of hope to help you overcome difficulties. Therapy can also support you when making difficult decisions about relationships, ensuring that the impact on all those involved can be carefully managed.

I can help with:

  • Relationship issues and breakdowns
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Pre-nuptial counselling
  • Separation and divorce, including related parenting issues
  • Impact of pregnancy
  • Parenting
  • Family and blended family relationships problems
  • Sex and relationships
  • Fertility issues
  • Abortion
  • Later in life relationships
  • Stress
  • ‘Empty nest’ issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Esteem issues
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Loneliness

Maps & Directions

Berkhamsted, HP4
St. Albans, AL1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

Easy access in Berkhamsted only


Mon-Fri, daytime and evenings.

Types of client

Older adults