It's often a difficult step for anyone to seek professional help. You may have suffered in silence for some time, and felt you should be able to cope alone. I acknowledge how challenging this must be for you.
You may be struggling with some of the following...
- You may have ongoing low or depressive moods and lack energy and motivation.
- You may be regularly angry, feel out of control, anxious or overwhelmed.
- You may be struggling with some of the relationships in your life.
- You may be experiencing a bereavement, or loss of a job, or a partnership/marriage.
- You may have experienced trauma or abuse in your life which has been left unprocessed.
- You may have lost a sense of who you are and are lacking purpose and meaning.
Counselling can really help...
- Make sense of why you are feeling anxious, angry or low, and look at ways to alleviate these feelings.
- Gain awareness of how to build healthier relationships and learn why you feel unheard or misunderstood.
- Give yourself the time and space to acknowledge and process your loss.
- Gently process past traumas in a safe, non-judgemental environment at your pace and agenda.
- Take time to get to know who you are and find your purpose in life. What brings you joy?
Working with me, you will find someone who is empathic and holds no judgement or assumptions. I offer a safe, confidential environment where I will encourage you to be yourself and bring anything that's troubling you.
I will work alongside you at your pace to understand your experience, and help you make sense of why you are feeling the way you are. Together we will develop your own self-awareness and self-trust, giving you the skills and confidence to live a more contented life, making the right choices 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 also have a Diploma in Mindfulness which can be helpful for those suffering from anxiety and the stresses of everyday life.
For the past 9 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 Working with Men in Therapy, 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 25 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.
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
£60.00 per session
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.
I offer weekday and evening appointments
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