Marja Coombes

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Poole, BH15
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About me

I am a professionally trained fully qualified counsellor/therapist with 20 years experience in private practice working Face to Face and Walk and Talk or online with Face-time-Whats App video-Skype and Zoom or by Telephone.

What ever suits you best.

In Counselling which is a  confidential one hour session,I will help you explore your past and present issues, building self-awareness and understanding and support you and explore with you new ways of thinking and coping.

I will give you my full attention, presence, warmth and time and commitment to explore with you, at your pace, in confidentiality, your life and work together with you to reach a place where you feel more in control and more fulfilled.

Trained in Person Centred and Humanistic Integrative Counselling, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy, using tools from Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. Individual and family therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision.
  • Higher Degree Groups and Social Studies.
  • Bereavement Counselling.
  • Couples Counselling.
  • Systemic Family Therapy.
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
  • Solution Focused Brief Family Therapy.
  • Working with Disruptive Adolescents.

I am a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


I suffered very bad anxiety during the first 'lock down' which impacted on mine and therefore my husband's quality of life, at the time a friend recommended that I contacted Marja for counselling , and we connected through face time once a week for a hour and I was helped immensely and was able to deal with the other 'lock downs' on my own. Rachel.

In counselling Marja cleverly asked questions which lead to my own answers of self discovery and awareness - all very enlightening and uplifting . Just what I needed. I finished each session feeling determined, renewed and motivated for the week ahead. Rob.

I felt listened too and in control of the counseling sessions and dropped the appointments to fortnightly when I felt comfortable to do so. Sue

There is no shame in speaking to a Counselor -nothing to lose- everything to gain. Tim

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling for Adults whose lives have been significantly impacted physically and mentally by the Corona virus.  And issues and the consequences of the last difficult year such as : home life, work, financially difficulties,anxieties , worries, relationship issues, grief, depression and loneliness just to name a few.

At present I also see myself as a COVID-19 support Counsellor for NHS workers. Studies have shown the large amount of stress these providers are under not only at work but also home due to the pressure and long working hours.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer some FREE counselling sessions for NHS staff.

Counselling sessions are: £40.- per hour.

Student Counselling or Supervision sessions are: £30.- pounds.

I can offer concessions depending on your financial circumstances.

Supervision sessions are : £50,- pounds .

When I work

Appointments available during the day and outside normal working hours. We can use FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp-video, Telephone, Teams, Zoom, Walk and Talk, and Face to Face.

Further information

The initial consultation which is free of charge is an assessment session which gives us both an opportunity to explore what has brought you to Counselling and what your expectations of Counselling are.

I will try to answer all your questions to the best I can and assess if Counselling is the best intervention for you.

It is also very important that we both feel comfortable working together as this is vital if Counselling is to be effective.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Parking spaces for persons with disabled badges in front of the house. Walk and Talk sessions available, when we can not meet inside due to lockdown. Zoom, Facetime, Whatsapp video, Teams, Skype all available online. And hopefully Face to Face soon.

Additional languages



In person

I am a qualified and 20 years experienced supervisor, Person Centred and Humanistic -Integrative, Solution Focussed and T.A and Gestalt techniques.

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Marja Coombes
Marja Coombes