Marie Winefield, FdSc (Distinction), MBACP
I understand that there are times in your life when you may be feeling overwhelmed, or have ongoing feelings of anxiety, isolation or sadness. You may be experiencing feelings of frustration, shame or anger with your life or the people in it. Or maybe you are feeling stuck and questioning who you are and your value or purpose.
These feelings may have been bought on by a specific event, for example, an unhappy relationship or break up, children leaving home, an illness or the death of a loved one. Or maybe they have been ongoing for some time. Whatever the reason, I am here to help.
I offer a confidential environment, a different perspective and a supportive relationship with no judgement or assumptions. I will not tell you what to do. I will work with you to develop your own self-trust giving you the confidence to make the right decisions for you. Only you know what's best for you.
Choosing a counsellor can be daunting, so can I suggest the following steps to get you started:
1. Take a look though my site to decide if I could be a good fit for you.
2. Either call me or send me an email and we can schedule a 30 minute free telephone conversation to discuss what brings you to counselling.
3. If we both agree to take it further, we will schedule our first session and take it from there.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifying with Distinction in Humanistic Counselling from Greenwich University, I have experience in helping people with depression, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, life changes, personal development, bereavement and low self-esteem.
I have a Diploma in Mindfulness which can be helpful for those suffering from anxiety and the stresses of everyday life.
For the past 8 years I have had the privilege of volunteering at The Passage Homeless Charity in London where I have learned so much from my clients as I support them through difficult times. I also volunteer at a low-cost counselling service, and a domestic abuse charity.
As a counsellor I never stop learning and updating my skills, and I regularly attend Continual Professional Development workshops and lectures to increase my knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of my client's needs. Recently these workshops included the topics of Eating Disorders, Addiction, Trauma and Domestic Abuse.
Before transitioning to my vocation in counselling, I was the owner of a successful coaching and communications consultancy business that provided services to corporate companies for 23 years. This has given me a deep understanding of how a stressful corporate life can take its toll and impact relationships with family, friends and colleagues.
I abide by a strict code of ethics and through my membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I continually keep abreast of best practices, standards and updates to UK laws.
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
* Weekday and evening appointments £55 for 50 minutes
When choosing a counsellor it is essential that you find someone you feel totally comfortable with and who has the appropriate skills. I therefore offer an initial 30 minute phone consultation free of charge which will enable us both to assess if you will benefit from counselling and if we are the right fit.
My counselling practice runs from a detached, private room in Cobham where you can be assured of your privacy and confidentiality. It's a 10-minute walk from Cobham and Stoke D'Abernon train station and from Cobham High Street. It has private off-street parking.
Counselling can be taken on a short or long-term basis depending on your needs. This will be continually assessed in our work together.
“Marie was my counsellor at a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of anxiety. She is a fantastic listener and as soon as I started having counselling with Marie, I felt at ease. She created a safe space which allowed me to relax and therefore be more ‘real’ with my feelings.
Marie was non-judgemental and hugely empathic. Marie is compassionate, kind, caring and understanding, and I would highly recommend her. She gave me invaluable support during a difficult time.” SM