Marie Fernandes MBACP (Accred), Anxiety and Trauma Counselling
I've chosen to specialise in anxiety and trauma as these conditions so often prevent people from leading happy fulfilled lives. Yet there can be a choice. For me the key question is never: what's wrong with you? It's always: what happened to you?
Change may feel difficult, intimidating or even impossible, but I will accompany you on the journey, using my experience and training to give you the support and help you need.
HOW I WORK
I'm always focused on you as a unique person. I believe that if we can understand where problems and difficulties arise we can begin the process of change. I feel it's very important to explore the experiences that got us to where we are: the circumstances and people that shaped us, the decisions we got to make and the ones we didn't. I've seen how empowering this process can be for those I work with and how it enables them to lead happier, more fulfilled lives.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Counselling can offer a route to a more fulfilled and contented life. Therapy can help you to:
- Feel better and happier
- Improve relationships
- Gain confidence
- Improve communication
- Experience less anxiety and stress
- Work through trauma
- Manage depression
- Navigate loss
- Achieve a better work/life balance
I work differently with every client that I meet because you are in individual. My training is in integrative counselling which uses a range of psychological approaches which I tailor to each individual. I use ideas from neuroscience and biology to help you to understand the impact of experiences on your behaviour, feelings and relationships. My model of working also includes person centred, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic techniques and ideas.
WHEN AND WHERE I AM AVAILABLE TO SEE YOU
I offer sessions during daytimes and evenings during the week and on Saturday mornings. For more details please contact me.
During the current Corona Virus pandemic, I am working with clients online or via phone sessions in line with government recommendations.
I'm based in Ruislip, West London. I have a beautiful garden therapy room, which facilitates a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, for counselling in a natural setting.
HOW TO CONTACT ME
You are welcome to phone, text, WhatsApp, email or message me on: 07572 282514. Please click here to send me an email.
I respond to emails within 24 hours, if you don't receive a response, please check your spam folder.
I understand that this can be a difficult call to make and I'm happy to communicate in whatever media you prefer to use. I will try to give whatever information you need before you make a decision to undertake therapy.
I will respond to all emails and messages within 24 hours. I will reply to voice messages via text in order to retain confidentiality.
Training, qualifications & experience
MY EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND
I've worked across a range of different counselling settings and clients including students and staff at a leading London University; with children, parents and staff at a large primary school and at a West London based hospice where I offered therapy to carers and the bereaved. At Transition Counselling I work across diverse ages, cultures and social backgrounds.
Areas where I have successfully supported clients to overcome problems, include:
- anxiety, stress and panic
- trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD
- self confidence/self esteem problems
- difficulty relationships, family issues
- depression and lack of motivation
- dealing with childhood issues including bullying and abuse
- finding a way to navigate bereavement and loss
MY TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
My training is Integrative and I am able to offer CBT, Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling. I am also interested in the science of therapy and the neurological and biological aspects of mental health. I undertake ongoing professional development and training to maintain and improve my practice.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework to offer safe, effective client centred therapy to a professionally maintained standard.
I am also a member of the Black Asian and African Therapy Network.
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
- Students, the pressures of academic life and exam stress.
- Issues arising from racism, immigration and the immigrant experience.
My standard fee is £50 per hour. Rather than offer a fixed number of meetings I am happy to discuss progress as therapy unfolds and work on a session by session basis. However it is always the client's decision which takes precedence and we will undertake regular reviews of our work together.
I am also a recognised provider for BUPA, Axa Health, Aetna and Vitality. If you are a member of any of these organisations please contact them to find out about funded therapy.
Concessions offered for
I respond to enquiries within 24 hours. Please check your spam/junk folder if you feel there has been a delay as my emails are sometimes directed there.
In response to safe distancing requirements I am offering sessions using online platforms and via phone, dependent on your preference. I will continue to work in my therapy room to ensure confidentiality and and focus.
I am in walking distance (5-8 minutes) of South Ruislip station which is on the Central Line (tube) and also accessible by overground from London Marylebone and connecting stations. The local bus stop (2 minutes) is for the 114 bus.
There is free parking available.