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About me

Sometimes life is difficult and we can feel stuck and not know where to turn. Perhaps relationships are a struggle or maybe work and family pressures are difficult to manage. Perhaps you find yourself going round a familiar pattern and are having difficulty seeing how things might be different or maybe life has dealt you the odd blow and knocked your confidence leaving you feeling lonely and confused.

I understand that talking to someone about your problems can feel pretty daunting and I will offer you a warm, respectful,confidential and supportive space to explore what's worrying you and find positive new ways to manage your difficulties so that life can feel more fulfilling.

I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and have degree in Integrative Relational Counselling.This means that I am able to draw on a number of different theories to support our work together and find the ones that seem to work best for you.

I work with couples,individuals and young people over 16 who are experiencing a range of problems such as relationship issues, work issues, bereavement, loss of job and/or health, depression, anxiety,abortion, low self esteem and childhood abuse.

I can offer you a short term contract (6- 12 sessions) to work with a specific issue or we can work longer term if you would prefer ongoing support to discover deeper personal meaning and purpose.

I offer daytime appointments and some evenings with the latest appointment at 8pm. Saturday morning appointments may be negotiable.

What Next?

Why not contact me for an initial consultation which will allow us both to get a feel for what it might be like to work together. There is no obligation to continue counselling after this.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I have been working with couples since 2002 and with individuals since 2008 and hold a BA (Hons) in Integrative Relational Counselling, a Certificate in Couple Counselling from Relate and a Practitioner certificate in NLP.
  • I am trained in EFT for couples (Emotionally Focussed Couple Therapy)
  • I am a level 3 trained  AEDP therapist
  • My experience includes work place counselling, short term counselling in a GP practice, counselling students within a university team, open ended counselling in low cost agencies and also private practice.

    Continued Professional Development

    Some of the courses and workshops I have attended include
  • AEDP Essential Skills
  • CBT for Anxiety
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Neuroscience for therapists
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples
  • Working with dreams and metaphor
  • Creative Therapy
  • Working with Boarding School Survivors

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

the impact of Boarding School education on adult relationships.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

Individuals               from £70

Couples                   from £100

I offer a percentage of my spaces at reduced cost for students and those in financial need. Please ask.


I offer daytime Monday -Thursday  and also Monday Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

Saturday morning sessions may be available on request

Further information

At present, due to Covid 19 all my sessions are on line.


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

I am very willing to see you online.

Marijke (Marika) Tapson

Marijke (Marika) Tapson